The Golden Age, 1942’s Chuck Sayne talks with Joe Staton

What did you do on Free Comic Book day last weekend?  Maryville, Pennslyvania residents had some fun when Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton and fellow artists Tom Nguyen and Robyn McCammon visited The Golden Age, 1942, a former radio station transformed into brightly red, yellow and blue comic book store.  Having itself opened on a Free Comic Book Day two years ago, the Maryville store celebrated the the annual event as both a holiday and an anniversary.  

Turn out was great, and freedom limited for the guests of honor but Chuck Sayne still had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Joe.  (Ok, they are standing I guess).  Check out the conversation in the above video and stay tuned for part two which I’ll append when it becomes available. 

Edit: Now available

In addition The Golden Age is hosting a charity auction for the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association on their Facebook page, including a Golden Age Justice Society art print signed by Staton.   Check out everything up for auction here, The Golden Age can ship to the winner so make a bid if you are interested! (Auction Closed May 12th)

 

2018 Dick Tracy / Green Hornet Crossover!

Mike Curtis and Joe Staton have graciously leaked promotional artwork for the 2018 Dick Tracy crossover and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce that Tracy will be meeting The Green Hornet!  

Born as an adventuresome radio drama in 1936, masked crime fighter, The Green Hornet has a rise to fame very similar to Tracy himself.  From “birth” the Hornet franchise branched out from radio to comic books, serials, movies and television.   While the various incarnations of the Green Hornet change in details, in most versions the Green Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel newspaper by day. But by night, clad in a long green overcoat, gloves, green fedora hat and green mask, Reid fights crime as the a mysterious vigilante and is often accompanied by his masked partner and confidant, Kato, who drives their technologically advanced car, the “Black Beauty”.  

Unlike previous “team-up” crossovers (see Annie and The Spirit), the artwork is quick to point out that this is not a team up!  What that means could be open to a lot of fun interpretation.  Will Tracy and the Hornet be at odds?  Or is Mike simply saying that the crossover will be fairly short?   Regardless of the answer, we will say, Curtis and Staton handle these crossovers masterfully, no matter the length.  They seem to effortlessly merge these different comic entities into the Tracy universe with engrossing writing and skillful artwork that stays true to both comics.  We can’t wait for April!

Dick Tracy Returns to Monthly Comics in 2018 (Cancelled)

Exciting news for yellow fedora hat lovers, Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision broke news today that Archie Comics will begin publishing an all-new Dick Tracy monthly comic in April 2018.  Writers Alex Segura and Michael Moreci will join artist Thomas Pitilli and colorist Dee Cunniffe in producing the new comic which goes back to the golden age of Dick Tracy, just after the second world war.   Segura (who is also the Archie Comics’ Co-President) and Moreci will begin with a year one debut, allowing readers to see Dick Tracy at the start of his detective career and how some of the most famous rogues in his gallery met their match.  

I’m dying to drop the details and awesome new Tracy look on the Depot, but instead I encourage you to read how it went down at the Hollywood Reporter and then pop over and get a first glimpse of Pitilli’s Dick Tracy at Newsarama.  Dick Tracy #1 will be on sale both April 11th!

 

Update: Sadly due to a licensing issue on the Tribune’s part, this comic will not in fact be happening.  

Archie Comics DICK TRACY Series Not Happening After All