Happy October Tracy fans, hope you are enjoying the wrap-up of the Blackheart case after an explosive finale. With the action easing up I thought you might be interested in a something a bit different and I might have just that with a Dick Tracy retrospective podcast.
Kelly and Johnny of Place 2 Be Nation have launched a monthly Imaginary Stories podcast where they discuss classic comic books and strips with an emphasis on history and lesser known bits of information. For their second podcast the boys are targeting the Dick Tracy comic strip and the pair spend a couple hours with a thorough retrospective.
Among the topics discussed on this show…
- The story of the strip’s creation in 1931 by Chester Gould
- A decade by decade look at the most memorable story lines and characters
- An exploration of Tracy in other media over the years, including an in-depth look at the 1990 movie
- And much much more at during the 3 hour broadcast.
So if you have some time, hop on over to their podcast page and enjoy a journey into the past.
For those of you who are interested, Oklahoma Magazine has a nice “Life and Times of Chester Gould” article for your reading pleasure, including comments by Mike Curtis. I’ve always found the below story about Tess and Tracy’s marriage interesting.
Perhaps the reason Gould’s characters seemed so real to so many was that their creator viewed them in much the same way.
“Around Christmas of 1949,” says Curtis, “an interview with Gould came out in The Saturday Evening Post, and one of the questions the reporter asked him was, ‘Is Tracy ever going to get married?’ Gould said, ‘No, he doesn’t have time for it. He doesn’t have time to get married. So he never will.’
“Because of the prep time on articles, by the time it came out in the Post, Tracy had eloped with Tess Truehart. So the magazine contacted him again, asking him, ‘What about this?’ And Gould just shook his head, smiled, and said, ‘Tracy never tells me anything.’”
Source: The Life & Times of Chester Gould – Oklahoma Magazine
Hey Joe Staton fans, you don’t want to miss out on the current issue of the COMIC BOOK CREATOR which includes a very, very, very lengthy interview with both Joe and his wife Hilarie covering all manner of topics from their family and early inspirations through Joe’s many works including Green Lantern, Scooby Doo, The Huntress and of course Dick Tracy. This interview is not a page or two of questions and answers you might see elsewhere. Joe and Hilarie really spend their time with CBC and we are graced with roughly 40 pages of discussion complemented by Staton pictures and a well chosen samples of his artwork.
COMIC BOOK CREATOR is wise enough to provide a shareable sample of their interview, which you can read below. At the end you is a link to buy a copy of the full issue, in paper or digital (which is only $3.95). Cheers all!
Happy belated Father’s day to Dick Tracy readers. Fresh off having attended the Lum and Abner festival in Mena, Arkansas, Tracy writer Mike Curtis finally made the funnies with Snuffy Smith’s John Rose in last Sunday’s Father’s Day edition of Lum & Abner. Even better, you can listen to an audio adaption of Mr. Curtis with Sam Brown, Tim Hollis and John Rose reading the above comic strip here. Now we know the voice of Dick Tracy!
The above visual and audio comic strip come courtesy of the Lum and Abner Society.
Russ Burlingame of ComicBook.com broke the news that Little Orphan Annie will return to Dick Tracy in the near future to help young Honeymoon Tracy deal with bullying. This is a nice move by Curtis and Staton to help bring attention to a real issue for many kids. Anyone who has read Annie understands that the little orphan has dealt with bullies much of her life, making her the perfect guest star for a story of this sort. Russ’s article is a nice piece with comments by Mike and insight into the story development. I encourage you to give it a read!