Dick Tracy Vol. 26: 1971-1972
Written and illustrated by Chester Gould
In these early ’70s adventures, the dauntless detective faces off against one of the strip’s best late-era grotesque villains: Pouch, who uses a repulsive hidden flap in his neck to hide everything from stolen diamonds to automatic pistols to cold, hard cash. The plot also features a rare return by an earlier villain, as the Mole is released from prison after serving nineteen years, only to learn his granddaughter, Molene, is in cahoots with Pouch! Having returned to policing duty on Planet Earth, former Space Sheriff Tracy finds a world markedly changed from the one he had left. Feeling handcuffed by expanded legal protections afforded suspects and stricter guidelines of evidence, Tracy all but begs bad guys to shoot first, and he may get his wish, thanks to nemeses such as explosion-crazed Jonny Scorn, the hand-grenade toting revolutionary called El Tigress, and the aptly-named Dope King. Volume 26 reprints all dailies and Sundays from December 24, 1970 to September 27, 1972.