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Dick Tracy

Chester Gould art for cover of 1947 Quaker Puffed Wheat giveaway with reprints of early 1940s Dick Tracy strips.
Author(s) Chester Gould
Dick Locher
Current status / schedule Running
Launch date October 4, 1931
Syndicate(s) Tribune Media Services
Genre(s) Action, Adventure

Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. Dick Tracy is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of often grotesquely ugly villains. Created by cartoonist Chester Gould in 1931, the strip made its debut appearance on October 4, 1931, distributed by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977. Image File history File linksMetadata Gould1947. ... Authorship redirects here. ... Chester Gould (November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up syndication in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Tribune Media Services (TMS) is a syndication company owned by the Tribune Company. ... The webcomic genres are the types of themes a webcomic can take. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The following is a list of Dick Tracy villain debuts. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... Chester Gould (November 20, 1900 – May 11, 1985) was the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, which he wrote and drew from 1931 to 1977. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ...


This seminal crime strip is being reprinted, from the beginning, in hardcover editions by IDW Publishing. IDW Publishing (a division of Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company. ...

Contents

The comic strip

Early years

Chester Gould introduced a raw violence to comic strips, reflecting the violence of 1930s Chicago. Gould also did his best to keep up with the latest in crime fighting techniques and, while Tracy often ends a case in a shootout, he uses forensic science, advanced gadgetry and plain hard thinking to track the bad guy down. It has been suggested that this comic strip was the first example of the police procedural mystery story. Others have noted that actual "whodunit" plots were relatively rare in the stories since the comic strip format is not suited for that kind of plot. The real focus, they argue, is the chase, with a criminal seen committing the crime and Dick Tracy solving the case during a relentless pursuit of the criminal, who becomes increasingly desperate as the detective closes in. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Agents of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division investigate a crime scene Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which attempts to accurately depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ...

Chester Gould's Dick Tracy strip for September 23, 1944

The strip's villains are arguably the strongest appeal of the story. Tracy's world is decidedly black and white where the bad guys are sometimes so evil that their very flesh is deformed to announce their sins to the world. The evil sometimes is raw and coarse like the criminally insane Selbert Depool ("looped" spelled backwards, typical Gould). At other times it is suave like the arrogant Shoulders, who cannot help thinking that all women like him. It can even border on genius like the Nazi spy Pruneface who is not only a machine design engineer but also dabbles with a chemical nerve gas. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (900x281, 108 KB) Summary Template:Fair use in Dick Tracy Source: Chicago Tribune Web source: http://www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (900x281, 108 KB) Summary Template:Fair use in Dick Tracy Source: Chicago Tribune Web source: http://www. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... SPY may refer to: SPY (spiders), ticker symbol for Standard & Poors Depository Receipts SPY (magazine), a satirical monthly, trademarked all-caps SPY (Ivory Coast), airport code for San Pédro, Côte dIvoire SPY (Ship Planning Yard), a U.S. Navy acronym SPY, short for MOWAG SPY, a... Pruneface was a villainous character in the long-running comic strip Dick Tracy, drawn by cartoonist Chester Gould. ... Also known as Nerve agents, it is the term used for a type of chemical warfare substance that interferes with the transmission of nerve impulses. ...

"Flattop" Jones, Dick Tracy's infamous enemy
"Flattop" Jones, Dick Tracy's infamous enemy

Gould's most popular villain was Flattop Jones, a freelance hitman with a large head as flat as an aircraft carrier's flight deck. Flattop was hired by black marketeers to murder Tracy, and he came within a hairsbreath of accomplishing that before deciding to first blackmail his employers for more money. This proved to be a fatal mistake since it gave Tracy time to signal for help, and he eventually defeated his assassin in a spectacular fight scene even as the police were storming the hideout. When Flattop was eventually killed, fans went into public mourning. Image File history File links A scan taken from the reprint book, The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy. ... Image File history File links A scan taken from the reprint book, The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy. ... Flattop Jones is a villain created by Chester Gould for the Dick Tracy comic strip and is the most popular one in the strips history. ... Flattop Jones is a villain created by Chester Gould for the Dick Tracy comic strip and is the most popular one in the strips history. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, supercarrier USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft — in effect acting as a sea... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into underground economy. ... For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ...


Reflecting some of the era that also produced film noir, Gould tapped into the existential despair of the criminals as small crimes lead to bigger ones. Plans slip out of control and events happen sometimes for no reason at all because life can be unpredictable and cruel. Treachery is everywhere as henchmen are killed ruthlessly by their bosses, bosses are betrayed by jilted girlfriends and good people in the wrong place at the wrong time are gunned down. This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ...


Evolution of the strip

In January 1946, Gould changed Dick Tracy forever with the introduction of the 2-Way Wrist Radio after a visit to inventor Al Gross. This seminal communications device, worn as a wristwatch by Tracy and members of the police force, became one of the strip's most immediately recognizable icons, and can be thought of as an early precursor of later technological developments, such as cellular phones. The 2-Way Wrist Radio was eventually upgraded to a 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964. This development also led to the introduction of an important supporting character, Diet Smith, an eccentric industrialist who financed the development of this equipment. Alfred J. Gross (February 22, 1918 – December 21, 2000) was a pioneer in mobile wireless communication. ... Cellular redirects here. ...


Towards the end of the 1940s, Gould took steps to shake up the status quo of his strip. In late 1948, for instance, a botched security detail led to the death of the semi-regular character Brilliant, the blind inventor of the 2-Way Wrist Radio (among other devices) and son of industrialist Diet Smith. Chief Brandon, Dick Tracy's superior on the police force and a presence in the strip since 1931, voluntarily resigned in shame. Pat Patton, heretofore Tracy's rather buffoonish partner, was promoted to police chief in Brandon's place. Gould later explained this seemingly improbable turn of events by stating that, within the strip's reality, Tracy was offered the job first but had declined, personally recommending Patton instead. To take Patton's place as Tracy's sidekick, a new character, Sam Catchem (based on Gould's old friend, Al Lowenthal), was introduced. Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or psychological factors. ...

Spike Jones was a character in the Dick Tracy daily for September 14, 1949

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Tracy's marriage

In 1949, on Christmas Day, Dick Tracy and Tess Trueheart finally married, after a rocky courtship lasting the 18-year history of the strip to that date. Image File history File links Information. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CU Marking articles for cleanup This page is undergoing a transition to an easier-to-maintain format. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ...


Gould changed Tracy with the times, sometimes with mixed results. Successful additions included topical storylines about television, juvenile delinquency, graft and other new developments in American life as the 1950s wore on. Less successful were elements of soap opera that began to permeate the strip, as much time began to be spent with Dick, Tess and Junior (along with the Tracy's new baby daughter, Bonnie Braids) at home as a family. Some stories from this period began to resemble an early sitcom, albeit one with dark underpinnings of crime drama in the shadows that would rise up to attack the family directly, such as the kidnapping of Bonnie Braids by fugitive Crewy Lou, or when Junior's girlfriend, Model, was accidentally shot and killed by her brother. In addition, Gould incurred some controversy when he had Tracy live in an unaccountably ostentatious manner, with a large home complete with a personal Cadillac automobile on a police officer's salary. As a result, Gould had to create a story where Tracy was accused of corruption and had to explain the origin of his possessions in detail such as stating he used personal savings he frugally accrued for his house while the Cadillac was a prototype he was test running for Diet Smith. Although Gould's critics largely unsatisfied by his explanation, the scandal eventually faded and the cartoonist downplayed Tracy's home life considerably to sidestep a recurrence of the issue. Juvenile delinquency refers to criminal acts performed by juveniles. ... Graft may refer to: Grafting, where the tissues of one plant are affixed to the tissues of another. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury vehicles, part of General Motors, produced and mostly sold in the United States and Canada. ...


As technology progressed, so too did the methods Tracy and the police used to track and capture criminals. These took the form of increasingly fanciful atomic-powered gadgets and devices developed by Diet Smith Industries. This eventually led to what Gould thought was its logical conclusion in the 1960s with the advent of the Space Coupe, a spacecraft with a magnetic propulsion system. This started a much-derided series of stories, known informally as the strip's "Space Period," that saw Tracy and friends having adventures on the Moon and meeting Moon Maid, the daughter of the leader of a race of humanoid people living in "Moon Valley," in 1964. After an eventual sharing of technological information, Moon technology becoming standard issue on Tracy's police force, including air cars, flying cylindrical vehicles. This meant, logically, the villains had to be even more exaggerated in power, resulting in an escalating series of stories that completely abandoned the urban crime drama roots of the strip. Properties In chemistry and physics, an atom (Greek ἄτομος or átomos meaning indivisible) is the smallest particle still characterizing a chemical element. ... Moon Maid was a major character at one period in the Dick Tracy comic strip, then drawn by its creator, Chester Gould. ...


The escalating scope and scale of the stories led to the advent of the character Mr. Intro, who never appeared except as a disembodied voice. His goal was nothing short of world domination in the vein of a James Bond villain. Tracy eventually had to resort to an atomic laser beam to annihilate Intro and his island base. Many readers felt that this effectively spelled the end of storytelling in Dick Tracy; if Tracy had that kind of power at his disposal, how could any Earthbound foe ever believably challenge him again? Flemings image of James Bond; commissioned to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ...


Many believed Gould had written himself into an inescapable corner with the Moon stories, but he kept on with them. By 1968, after an on-again-off-again romance, Junior actually married Moon Maid, and the couple eventually produced a daughter, Honey Moon Tracy, who had antennae and magnetic hands. Not long thereafter, Tracy was offered the post of Chief of Police in Moon Valley, meaning the strip was likely to soon abandon Earth entirely if Gould had continued unabated.

The famous 2-Way Wrist Radio
The famous 2-Way Wrist Radio

And then, reality intervened. The Apollo 11 mission in 1969 put an end to the Space Period, as Gould felt obligated to bring his ostensibly reality-based strip back down to Earth when the Moon was found to be barren of all life. However, the accoutrements of the abandoned science-fiction stories, such as the Space Coupe and much of the high-tech gadgetry, remained for many years afterward (and Junior and Moon Maid were still married, although the latter greatly receded from the storyline). Image File history File links Dt2wrr. ... Image File history File links Dt2wrr. ... The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ...


In the 1970s, Gould even less successfully tried to modernize Tracy by giving him a longer hair style and mustache, and by adding a supposedly "hip" sidekick, Groovy Grove. Unfortunately, Groovy was designed to appeal to young college-age people of the period, but Gould had misread exactly how much his strip, with its unflinchingly conservative views of the police and society (mirroring Gould's own views), was seen by that audience as being part of the establishment many of them were rebelling against. Groovy's first appearance in print, as it happened, occurred during the same week as the Kent State shootings. Older readers and those who shared Gould's viewpoint disliked Groovy on the grounds that, his allegiance to law and order aside, he still looked and talked much like a typical hippie. Nevertheless, Groovy remained with the strip, off and on, until 1984, when he was killed off by Gould's successors. As for Tracy's mustache, apparently even Gould realized this had been a mistake on his part, as eventually he drew a strip in which Sam, Lizz, and Groovy held Tracy down for an enforced shave. A moustache (sometimes spelled mustache in the United States) is an outgrowth of hair above the upper lip. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... John Filos Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway and Vietnam War protester, screaming with anguish and kneeling over the dead body of Jeffrey Miller, shot through the mouth by an unknown Ohio National Guardsman. ... Singer at a modern Hippie movement in Russia Hippie (sometimes spelled hippy) refers to a member of a subgroup of the counterculture that began in the United States during the early 1960s, becoming an established social group by 1965, and expanding to other countries before declining in the mid-1970s. ...


Later, during one of Max Allan Collins' first stories as the strip's writer, the gangster known as the "Big Boy," whose gang members had killed Tess Trueheart's father years ago (making him, effectively, the first Dick Tracy villain of all) learns that he is dying and has less that a year to live. Big Boy, still seeking revenge on the plainclothesman who sent him up the river, decides he wants to live just long enough to see Tracy precede him in death. To this end, he puts out an open contract on Tracy's head worth one million dollars, knowing that every small-time hood in the City would take a crack at the famous cop for that amount of money. One of the would-be collectors rigs Tracy's car to explode, but inadvertently blows up Moon Maid instead (she had to use Tracy's car to run an errand). A funeral strip for Moon Maid explicitly states that this has officially severed all ties between Earth and the Moon, thus formally and permanently eliminating the last remnants of the Space Period. (The lone exception was Honey Moon, who received a new hairstyle to cover up the antennae that betrayed her extraterrestrial origins, and was never again referred to as being anything more than a normal human girl; eventually she was phased out altogether.) Junior later marries Sparkle Plenty (Daughter of B. O. and Gravel Plenty) and has a daughter named Sparkle Plenty Jr. In the 1990s Tracy's own son Joseph Flintheart Tracy take on a role similar to Junior in the earlier strips. Alphonse Big Boy Caprice is a character from the comic strip, Dick Tracy, created by Chester Gould. ...


More successful was the decades-long substory of the Plenty family, a group of goofy redneck yokels headed by former villains, Bob Oscar "B.O." Plenty and Gravel Gertie. The family provided a humorous counterpoint to Tracy's adventures. Their daughter, Sparkle Plenty, first gave the strip an infant character, and later a pretty young adolescent girl character; unlike most comic strip children, including Dick Tracy's own Junior for many years, she was allowed to grow up (albeit slowly) and eventually marry. Another successful addition was that of Lizz the Policewoman (she was never given a full name) as one of Tracy's sidekicks. She proved be to an active and formidable female character in a manner that was groundbreaking for comic strips of that era. // Redneck, in modern usage, predominantly refers to a particular stereotype of people who may be found in many regions of the United States or Canada. ...


However, the later stories were often shackled with a stubborn grousing condemnation of the rights of the accused which often involved Tracy being frustrated by criminals because of legal technicalities and proselytizing about it. A not at all atypical sequence from this period saw Tracy, having caught a gang of diamond thieves red-handed, forced to let them walk because he could not prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that the diamonds were in fact stolen. As he saw the thieves get off scott-free, Tracy was heard to grumble, "Yes, under today's interpretation of the laws, it seems it's the police who are handcuffed!" Headline text The rights of the accused is a class of rights in that apply to a person in the time period between when they are formally accused of a crime and when they are either convicted or acquitted. ...


Gould's plots had also started to meander beginning in the late 1960s, often going off on odd tangents (that had nothing to do with the main story being told, Gould including them mainly because he thought they were amusing) and featuring characters whose motivations and goals seemed to change from strip to strip. Since Gould usually did not plot Dick Tracy stories in advance, feeling that if he himself could be surprised at the twists and turns of a given plot then the reader would be as well, this was most likely unintentional on his part. Further working against him was the sharp reduction in size and space of newspaper comics that occurred around this period; for example, the Dick Tracy Sunday strip, which had traditionally been a full-page episode containing twelve panels, was drastically cut in size to a half-page format that offered, at most, eight panels. Gould never really adapted to these new restrictions, and Tracy plotlines, heretofore usually lasting months, could be told in weeks or even days as he struggled to tell meaningful stories within the limits imposed on him. All of this combined to make comics stories that, while still somewhat entertaining when read in daily installments, do not read nearly as well when brought together as a collection.


Beginning in the early 1950s, the Sunday strip included a frame devoted to a page from the "Crimestoppers' Textbook", a series of handy illustrated hints for the amateur crimefighter. This was named after a short-lived youth group seen in the strip during the late 1940s, led by Junior Tracy, called "Dick Tracy's Crimestoppers." This feature continued until Gould retired from the strip in 1977, though Max Allan Collins would later reinstate it (and it continues to this day). After Gould's retirement, Collins initially replaced the Textbook with "Dick Tracy's Rogues Gallery," a salute to memorable Tracy villains of the past.


Later years

Dick Tracy Sunday strip by Dick Locher (2005)

Chester Gould retired from comics in 1977; his last Dick Tracy strip appeared in print on Sunday, December 25 of that year. The following Monday, Dick Tracy was taken over by Max Allan Collins and longtime Gould assistant Rick Fletcher. Gould's name remained in the byline for a few years after his retirement as a story consultant. Image File history File links Dick Tracy Sunday strip from 2005. ... Image File history File links Dick Tracy Sunday strip from 2005. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... Max Allan Collins in 1982, posing with a drawing of Dick Tracy. ...


Collins reversed some of Gould's late-career changes, including putting a final end to the Space Period (which had actually been aborted by Gould some years before, but Collins was keen to formally close the books on that era) by killing off Moon Maid in 1978 (as previously mentioned), as well as doing away with other Gould creations of the 1960s and 1970s (including Groovy Grove, who was gravely wounded in the line of duty and later died in the hospital). He also took a generally less cynical view of the justice system than Gould had adopted in his later years; making Tracy come to accept its limitations and requirements as a normal part of the process he could manage. In addition, the more extreme examples of Tracy's advanced technology were phased out like the Space Coupe in favor of more realistic, yet still futuristic, tools such as the 2-Way Wrist Computer in 1987 which could do forensic field processing and had a lie detector function top of its communication role. Criminal law (also known as penal law) is the body of law that punishes criminals for committing offences against the state. ... A polygraph or lie detector is a device which measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity while a series of questions is being asked, in an attempt to detect lies. ...


New semi-regular characters introduced by Collins and Fletcher included: Dr. Will Carver, a plastic surgeon with underworld ties who often worked on known felons (he was eventually killed off as well); Wendy Wichel, a smarmy newspaper reporter/editorialist with a strong anti-Tracy bias in her articles, created to address real-life concerns about the strip's often excessive violence; and Lee Ebony, an African-American female detective. Vitamin Flintheart, the aged ham actor created by Gould in 1944 (originally as a bit player during the Flattop story) but who had not been seen in the strip for almost three decades, was resurrected as an occasional comic-relief figure. The Plenty family (B.O., Gravel Gertie, and Sparkle) were also brought back from virtual limbo to become semi-regulars as well; following the death of Moon Maid, Junior and Sparkle were married, and soon produced a daughter of their own, Sparkle Plenty, Jr. “Facial reconstruction” redirects here. ...


Original villains seen during this period included Angeltop (revenge-seeking, psychopathic daughter of the slain Flattop), Torcher (whose scheme was arson-for-profit), and Splitscreen (a video pirate). Collins also made a point of bringing back at least one "classic" Gould villain per year, of those who had not been so thoroughly and definitively killed off (many were dead beyond the power of even comics to resurrect). Examples included Haf-and-Haf (a character very similar in concept to Two-Face of Batman infamy), Big Boy, Mumbles, and Blowtop. Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour. ... The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ... This article is about the DC comics villain. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


Rick Fletcher died in 1983 and was succeeded by editorial cartoonist Dick Locher, who had assisted Gould on the strip in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Locher was assisted by his son John, who died in 1986.


In 1992, following a financial reorganization of their comic strip holdings, Max Allan Collins was fired from the strip, and Tribune staff writer and columnist Mike Kilian took over the writing. Kilian, according to various sources, was paid less than half of what Collins was making per strip, [citation needed] and continued on the strip until his death on October 27, 2005. Since January 9, 2006, Dick Locher has been receiving sole credit on the strip, meaning he is now drawing and authoring the storyline. Mike Kilian was a Chicago Tribune columnist, novelist, and non-fiction writer who wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip starting in 1992. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards and recognition

Chester Gould won the Reuben Award for the strip in 1959 and 1977. The Mystery Writers of America honored Gould and his work with a Special Edgar Award in 1980. In 1995, the strip was one of 20 included in the Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative postage stamps. The Reuben Awards, named for Rube Goldberg, are presented each year by the National Cartoonists Society. ... Mystery Writers of America is an organization for mystery writers, based in New York. ... The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ... The Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative postage stamps was issued by the US Postal Service in 1995 to honor the centennial of the newspaper comic strip. ... This 1974 stamp from Japan depicts a Class 8620 steam locomotive. ...


Other media depictions

Radio

Dick Tracy had a long run on radio, from 1934 weekdays on NBC's New England stations to the ABC network in 1948. Bob Burlen was the first radio Tracy in 1934, and others heard in the role during the 1930s and 1940s were Barry Thompson, Ned Wever and Matt Crowley. The early shows all had 15-minute episodes.


On CBS, with Sterling Products as sponsor, the serial aired four times a week from February 4, 1935 to July 11, 1935, moving to Mutual from September 30, 1935 to March 24, 1937 with Bill McClintock doing the sound effects. NBC's weekday afternoon run from January 3, 1938 to April 28, 1939 had sound effects by Keene Crockett and was sponsored by Quaker Oats, which brought Dick Tracy into primetime (Saturdays at 7pm and, briefly, Mondays at 8pm) with 30-minute episodes from April 29, 1939 to September 30, 1939. The series returned to 15-minute episodes on the ABC Blue Network from March 15, 1943 to July 16, 1948, sponsored by Tootsie Rolls, which used the music theme of "Toot Toot, Tootsie" for its 30-minute Saturday ABC series from October 6, 1945 to June 1, 1946. Sound effects on ABC were supplied by Walt McDonough and Al Finelli. is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Directors of the series included Mitchell Grayson, Charles Powers and Bob White. Cast members at various times included Walter Kinsella as Pat Patton, Helen Lewis as Tess Trueheart and Andy Donnelly and Jackie Kelk as Junior Tracy. Announcers were Ed Herlihy and Dan Seymour. Jackie Kelk (1923-2002) is an American radio actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the first seven years of The Adventures of Superman on radio. ...


On July 8, 1945, during a New York newspaper deliverers' strike, New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia read a complete Dick Tracy strip over the radio.


Film serials

Dick Tracy made his live action debut in Dick Tracy (1937), a Republic movie serial starring Ralph Byrd. The character proved very popular, and a second serial, Dick Tracy Returns, appeared in 1938, and Dick Tracy's G-Men in 1939. The last was Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc in 1941. Dick Tracy (1937) is a 15-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Ralph Byrd based on the Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Ralph Byrd (22 April 1909 - 18 August 1952) was an American Actor. ... Dick Tracy Returns (1938) is a Republic Movie serial. ... Dick Tracys G-Men (1939) is a 15-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Ralph Byrd based on the Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould. ... Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc (1939) is a Republic Movie serial. ...


The sequels were produced under an interpretation of the contract for the first, Dick Tracy (1937), which gave license for "a series or serial". As a result Chester Gould received no further money for the sequel serials. Dick Tracy (1937) is a 15-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Ralph Byrd based on the Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould. ...


In these serials Dick Tracy is portrayed as an FBI agent, or "G-Man," based in California, rather than as a detective in the police force of a Midwestern city resembling Chicago, and, aside from himself and Junior, no comics characters appear in any of the four films. However, comic sidekick "Mike McGurk" bears some resemblance to Tracy's partner from the strip, Pat Patton. Tracy's secretary, Gwen Andrews (played by several actresses in the course of the series, including Jennifer Jones), provides the same kind of feminine interest that Tess Trueheart does in the strip. FBI Director Clive Anderson (Francis X. Bushman and others) is the same kind of avuncular superior that Chief Brandon is in the strip. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... G-Man (short for Government Man) is gangster slang for an FBI agent. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Jennie Jones (born March 2, 1919) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... Francis X. Bushman Francis Xavier Bushman (January 10, 1883 – August 23, 1966) was the first major male movie star, first starting in 1911 in the silent film His Friends Wife. ...


Early feature films

After that Dick Tracy graduated to four RKO feature films, starting with Dick Tracy (aka Dick Tracy, Detective) (1945). This was followed by Dick Tracy vs. Cueball in 1946 and Dick Tracy's Dilemma in 1947. Perhaps the best known of the films was the last, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, with the titlular villain portrayed by Boris Karloff. The first two films starred Morgan Conway, while in the later two Ralph Byrd reprised his role as Dick Tracy. These four movies had many of the visual features associated with film noir. RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (also known as Dick Tracy Meets Karloff and Dick Tracys Amazing Adventure (UK) ) is a 1947 thriller film starring Boris Karloff. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (London, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who immigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of Frankensteins monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ...


Television

The strip has also had limited exposure on television with one early live-action series, two animated series, one unsold pilot that was never picked up, and a proposed TV series currently held up in legal litigation. The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ...


The first live-action series

Ralph Byrd, who had played the square-jawed sleuth in all four Republic movie serials, and in two of the RKO feature length films, reprised his role in a short-lived live-action Dick Tracy series that ran on ABC from 1950 to 1951. Additional episodes intended for first-run syndication continued to be produced into 1952. Produced by P. K. Palmer, who also wrote many of the scripts, the series often featured Gould-created villains such as Flattop, Shaky, the Mole, Breathless Mahoney, Heels Beals, and Influence, all of whom appeared on film for the first time on this series. Other cast members included Joe Devlin as Sam Catchem, Angela Greene as Tess Tracy (nee Trueheart), Martin Dean as Junior, and Pierre Watkin as Chief Patton. Criticized for its violence, the series remained popular. It ended, not in response to criticism, but because of Byrd's unexpected, premature death in 1952. In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Flattop Jones is a villain created by Chester Gould for the Dick Tracy comic strip and is the most popular one in the strips history. ...


The cartoons

DVD release of the 1961 cartoon.
DVD release of the 1961 cartoon.

In the first cartoon series, produced from 1960 to 1961 by UPA, Tracy employed a series of cartoony subordinate flatfoots to fight crime each week, contacting them on his two-way wristwatch radio. Everett Sloane voiced Tracy, while Mel Blanc voiced many of the other characters, including: Image File history File links Dicktracy1961cartoon. ... Image File history File links Dicktracy1961cartoon. ... United Productions of America, better known as UPA, was an animation studio of the 1940s through 1970s, and a distributor of Japanese films from Toho Studios from the 1970s onward. ... Sloane in The Enforcer (1951 movie) Manhattan-born Everett Sloane (October 1, 1909 - August 6, 1965) was a television and movie actor. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ...

  • Miguelito "Go-Go" Gomez, Jr., essentially a human version of Speedy Gonzales, another Blanc character.
  • Jo Jitsu, a parody of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto (featuring many racist stereotypes of Chinese and Japanese culture). He is an intelligent detective who fights with martial arts (repeatedly slamming his victim to the ground while saying "So sorry!... Excuse prease!... Begging your pardon!"). He is named after the Japanese martial art of jujutsu.
  • Hemlock Holmes, a Cockney police bulldog (named in honor of Sherlock Holmes and with a voice patterned after Cary Grant). He is backed up by his own police squad, The Retouchables (named after The Untouchables, but behaving more like the Keystone Kops).
  • Heap O'Calories, a parody of Andy Devine, a cop with a serious weight problem.

Villains included Pruneface, Itchy, Mumbles, Flattop, Cheater Gunsmoke, B. B. Eyes, and Tracy's other idiosyncratic villains. Usually, two villains teamed together, such as Flattop and B. B. Eyes, or Pruneface and Itchy. For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ... 1938 titlecard Number One Son with the seat of his pants on fire in Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers, reportedly in part under inspiration from the career of Chang Apana. ... Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... St Mary-le-Bow The term cockney refers to working-class inhabitants of London, particularly east London, and the slang used by these people. ... A portrait of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, 1891 Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. ... Archibald Alec Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his screen name, Cary Grant, was an English born film actor. ... Led by Eliot Ness, the original group of Untouchables sought to enforce Prohibition and take down Al Capone. ... The Keystone Kops in a typical pose. ... For the Emmerdale actor, see Andy Devine (actor). ... Pruneface was a villainous character in the long-running comic strip Dick Tracy, drawn by cartoonist Chester Gould. ... Flattop Jones is a villain created by Chester Gould for the Dick Tracy comic strip and is the most popular one in the strips history. ... Cheater Gunsmoke was a criminal character in the cartoon series Dick Tracy. ...


These 130 five-minute cartoons were designed and packaged for syndication much in the same way Associated Artists Productions packaged the Popeye and Warner Brothers shorts. Usually intended for morning and afternoon "kid's shows", a local host would introduce the cartoon as part of the show. Associated Artists Productions was a distributor of theatrical features and short subjects for television founded in 1953 and headed by Elliott Hyman. ... For other uses, see Popeye (disambiguation). ... Warner Bros. ...


The cartoon show was a success perhaps as a child's version of The Untouchables (1959 TV series) that was popular at the time. Local hosts of the show offered "Dick Tracy Crimestopper" badges and certificates their viewers could send in for. Mattel toys manufactured a series of toy weapons with the Dick Tracy logo and the Crimestoppers could communicate with each other by toy Dick Tracy Wrist Radios. The Untouchables is the name of a television series that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company. ... Mattel Inc. ... Toy weapons are toys that mimic real weapons, but are designed to be fun for children to play with and less dangerous. ...


This package was pulled from syndication in the mid-70's, and was not seen for years afterwards because of its slightly racist undertones and use of ethnic stereotypes and accents. The show resurfaced on television in 1990 to coincide with the release of the feature film, as well as in 2006 on pay-per-view digital cable channels and DVD. Dick Tracy is a 1990 film based upon the Dick Tracy comic strip character created by Chester Gould. ...


The second cartoon series, produced in 1971, was a feature in Archie's TV Funnies, produced by Filmation, which adhered more closely to the comic strip although hampered by cruder animation, that was typical of the studio's production standards, than the previous five-minute shorts. Archies TV Funnies was a Saturday morning cartoon animated series produced by Filmation which appeared on CBS from September 11, 1971 to September 1, 1973. ... The first Filmation logo. ...


Live-action television pilot

In 1967, William Dozier, the producer responsible for the 1966 Batman television series, produced a pilot for a live-action Dick Tracy series, starring Ray MacDonnell in the title role. While the quality of the pilot was slightly above-average, the series was not purchased by either ABC or NBC as ratings for the Batman series were dropping, and a similar series featuring The Green Hornet had recently flopped. To the networks, the "Hero Camp" or Batmania craze was dying, and they chose not to take a risk on another series. William Dozier (13 February 1908 – 23 April 1991) was a television producer and actor, most famous as the producer and narrator of the Batman television series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Ray MacDonnell playing Dr. Joe Martin, seen here in 1970 with Karen Lynn Gorney (Tara Martin). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Green Hornet is a fictional crimefighter created to be the hero of an American radio program that ran on WXYZ (Detroit), the Mutual Network and the NBC Blue (later ABC) Network from January 31, 1936 to December 5, 1952. ... It has been suggested that Batman (Earth-Two) be merged into this article or section. ...


The pilot is notable for the non-appearance of the future Jan Brady, Eve Plumb as Bonnie Braids. Although cast in the role, she only appears in the title credits at the opening of the show. Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. ... Not to be confused with Eves Plum, the rock group. ...


1990 film

Main article: Dick Tracy (film)

In 1990, Warren Beatty revived some interest in the character with his film, Dick Tracy. Beatty directed the movie and starred as Tracy in a surreal comic strip-inspired world with outlandish colors, restyled automobiles, and extensive makeup treatments for Tracy's famed villains. The film was well-received by some critics, including Roger Ebert, who gave the film his highest rating and a "thumbs-up." Some critics, however, complained about the film's focus on their cast and makeup rather than the plot or script. The cast included stars such as Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, Dustin Hoffman, Dick van Dyke, and R.G. Armstrong as well as many other notable cameos. Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim wrote several songs for the film, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" which won the Academy Award for Best Song. There were also several other unreleased Madonna songs that were recorded for the film but not used at all, and several in the film whose versions were changed for the album. The track "Back in Business" in the movie is not at all related to "Back in Business" on the album, for example. Dick Tracy is a 1990 film based upon the Dick Tracy comic strip character created by Chester Gould. ... Image File history File links Dick_Tracy_Poster. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Dick Tracy is a 1990 film based upon the Dick Tracy comic strip character created by Chester Gould. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, AFI, Bafta, Emmy Award, and Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor who played such iconic roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy and Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface. ... Charles Randolph Charlie Korsmo (born July 20, 1978) is an American who appeared as a child actor in several movies in 1990–1991, but now primarily works outside of the acting sphere. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man) is a song recorded by American pop superstar Madonna and written by American composer Stephen Sondheim for the 1990 film Dick Tracy. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The following is a list of songs recorded by Madonna, but that were chosen not to be used on her Warner Bros. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...


Madonna's soundtrack album I'm Breathless: Music from and Inspired by Dick Tracy spawned two top-ten hits, "Vogue" and "Hanky Panky"; neither was actually used in the film. Only three tracks from the album actually were used in the film, but most were performed in a style to reflect the film's setting. In addition to Madonna's album, an album of the film's score by Danny Elfman and an albums of songs "inspired" by the film were released. Vogue is a 1990 number-one hit single by Madonna from her album Im Breathless. ... Hanky Panky was the second and final single released from Madonnas 1990 Im Breathless album. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ...


Comic books

The first Dick Tracy comic book was produced in 1947 by Sig Feuchtwanger and was a give away comic in boxes of Popped Wheat cereal. In January 1948, Dell began the first Dick Tracy comic book series and which ran to 145 issues ending in 1961, though it was published by Harvey Comics from issue #25. Casper the Friendly Ghost in Theres Good Boos To-Night (1948). ...


Dick Tracy was then revived in 1986 by Blackthorne Publishing and ran for 99 issues. Disney produced a series of three issues as a tie in for their 1990 film. This miniseries, entitled True Hearts and Tommy Guns, was drawn by Kyle Baker and edited by Len Wein, and the first two issues were well received by comic fans and critics alike. The third issue was hampered by the fact that it was a direct adaptation of the film, and suffered from the same flaws that many felt hampered the film. [citation needed] Blackthorne Publishing was a publisher that specialized in comic books and comic strips that existed in from about 1986-89. ... Kyle Baker (born 1965 in Queens, New York City, United States) is an American writer and illustrator of comic books as well as an animator. ... Len Wein (born June 12, 1948, New York City, New York) is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics Swamp Thing and for reviving Marvel Comics X-Men. ...


Recent events

Media outlets reported that there is a legal battle being waged over just who owns the rights to the Dick Tracy character. Warren Beatty announced plans to make a sequel to his 1990 movie. At the same time, television producers have announced plans for a new Dick Tracy TV series. Both sides claim that they are the legal owners of the rights to Dick Tracy. In May 2005, Beatty sued the Tribune Company, claiming he has owned the rights to the Dick Tracy character since 1985. The lawsuit is ongoing.[1]


Although the comic strip's public profile has diminished since the 1990 Beatty film, it is still run in several newspapers. Apart from that, it is a common allusion in North America for unusual-looking criminals often to be described as resembling the strip's grotesque villains, while the lead character's wrist communicator is a typical example used when the possibility of an actual communication device being developed along the lines of something from science fiction is raised. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


Filmography

  • Dick Tracy (1937, serial, 15 episodes, starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy (1937, feature version of the above serial, starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy Returns (1938 serial, 15 episodes starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939, serial, 15 episodes, starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.(1941, serial, 15 episodes, starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy (1945, film starring Morgan Conway)
  • Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946, film starring Morgan Conway)
  • Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947, film starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947, film starring Ralph Byrd)
  • Dick Tracy (1950-1951, live action television series starring Ralph Byrd)
  • The Dick Tracy Show (1961, animated television series with voices including Everett Sloane and Mel Blanc)
  • Dick Tracy (1967, television pilot starring Ray McDonnell)
  • Archie's T.V. Funnies, Dick Tracy episode, 1971
  • Dick Tracy (1990, film starring Warren Beatty)

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Trivia

Fearless Fosdick and Bomb Face, May 30, 1943
  • In Al Capp's Li'l Abner, there is a comic-in-the-comic detective called Fearless Fosdick, clearly modeled on Dick Tracy.
  • Many of the comic characters were based on local citizens of Woodstock, Illinois where Chester Gould wrote the majority of the strip. However, Gould modeled many characters after close associates like his publisher, Joseph Patterson, as Big Frost and even himself, as Pear-Shape Tone.
  • In an episode of Superman: The Animated Series which starred Gilbert Gottfried as imp Mr. Mxyzptlk, who comes literally out of the comic section Clark Kent is reading, look closely - one of the comic strips on the newspaper page is styled after Dick Tracy.
  • Dick Tracy's name was the inspiration for the name Dick Grayson, the first Robin
  • A Daffy Duck cartoon called The Great Piggy Bank Robbery spoofed Dick Tracy as "Duck Twacy".
  • Since the first appearance of Flattop, there has been some controversy between fans of the strip as to the ethnicity of the character. According to those who knew Gould, Flattop was intended to be a light-skinned African-American, but the inking and printing techniques of the day failed to convey this appearance to most readers. Max Allan Collins, however, has stated emphatically that Flattop was based on the real-life gangster Pretty Boy Floyd, who was white. Both Floyd and Flattop hailed from Oklahoma's Cookson Hills. In any event, in live-action film portrayals, the character has been depicted as white. In an episode of the early 1950s Tracy TV series based on the comic strip Flattop story, the character was played by John Cliff, a white actor. And when Warren Beatty included the character as one of Big Boy's henchmen, he appeared more racially white, with the type of red hair and features normally associated with the ginger stereotype.
  • In an episode of Veronica Mars, Veronica finds her professor's assistant Tim Foyle's password is "Dick Tracy," which she refers to as "cute."
  • Mad Magazine once eulogized Tracy as having died from blood poisoning, which resulted from being shot in the left shoulder 47 times (noting Gould's repeatedly showing Tracy being wounded in that spot). Other issues of Mad showed Tracy identifying Pruneface despite a facelift (by viewing his still-wrinkled buttocks), or ranting in Doonesbury style about changing trends in police procedures. (In the latter, Junior suggests "There's always the CIA!")

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See also

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Watch

  • Dick Tracy, Detective (1945)

Listen to

  • Boxcars711: Dick Tracy: two 1938 episodes

Notes

  1. ^ Comics Reporter Spurgeon, Tom (2005). "Dick Tracy and the Attached Sub-Rider". The Comics Reporter. Accessed 2006-11-17.

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Dick Tracy is a comic strip detective and a popular character in American pop culture.
The character of Dick Tracy is a hard hitting, fast shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of often grotesquely ugly villains.
Dick Tracy was created by cartoonist Chester Gould in 1931 for a newspaper comic strip also entitled Dick Tracy.
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Republic changed Tracy from a police detective to an FBI agent; Tracy's girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, was eliminated in favor of a simple secretary/lab assistant, Gwen Andrews; and Pat Patton, Tracy's colleague, was replaced by two characters, a bland sidekick, Steve Lockwood, and a goofy, child-man sidekick, Mike McGurk (played by Smiley Burnette).
But even in 1937, the year Dick Tracy was made, the studios recognized that boys made up the largest part of the audience for serials and the girl-haters in the audience certainly wouldn't tolerate a girlfriend telling Tracy that he's her "bestest boyfriend," as she did in the comic strip.
For example, Tracy and his crew discover that a crime note was written with a typewriter that uses a replaced letter "g." As a result, the FBI agents swarm over the city, looking for the typewriter.
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