From the introduction:
Ah, the comic strips. Those four-color tales of action and adventure that kept America enthralled back in a day and age when there was no cable television, video games or the internet. Each and every day, millions of people all across the country would eagerly open their newspapers to the funnies to catch the latest installment of their favorite comic strip characters. From Little Orphan Annie to Terry & The Pirates, there was something for everybody in the world of the comic strips.
But one comic strip in particular always stood out from the rest.
You guessed it - Dick Tracy!
Why did it stand out? Well, there is a couple of reasons.
First, Dick Tracy was the only comic strip of the day that portrayed realistic violence. Chester Gould (creator/primary writer and artist of the strip) pulled no punches. His stories depicted the underworld as it truly was; rough, brutal and dangerous. He certainly didn't glamorize it like many motion pictures and magazines of the 1930's did. Instead, Gould took a hard-edged approach, even if it meant getting morbid with some of the stories.
Secondly, the story-telling was masterful. No other strip could captivate the reader like Dick Tracy. The plots were sharp, the panel layouts were appealing and the characters were memorable. Each and every Dick Tracy story was intriguing. I've personally never read a truly bad one.