Hermes Press to Publish Dick Tracy Graphic Novel in 2019

Hermes Press proudly announced today the creation of an all-new Dick Tracy graphic novel written and drawn by Dick Tracy comic strip veteran Richard Pietrzyk.  The story will take place during the 1940’s and promises to be a reboot in the mold of the classic years of the feature in a film noir adventure that holds true to the origins of the character.

Richard Pietrzyk has a rich artistic history that includes working on Brenda Starr, the Archie strip and Katy Keene.  But today we’re talking Dick Tracy, and Pietrzyk had an opportunity to work with Tracy creator Chester Gould doing lettering late in Gould’s career when Rick Fletcher was doing most of the artwork.  Having the chance to meet with Chester every two weeks, Richard was able to talk with Tracy’s creator about his characters and his art mechanics.  

Pietrzyk discussed those conversations with Gould in an interview on Hermes Press, here’s a sample,

“Once time I told him I had created a character named Pickle Puss, and PP looked a little like a Dill pickle with eyes, nose, and a mouth. And when CG looked at my interpretation of this character, he said, “Drawing a character like that in profile would be very difficult to do.” So he suggested that we go into the kitchen and get a jar of pickles from his refrigerator so we could determine the look and texture of a perfect pickle. There we were, holding it longways and sideways, try to figure out the best way to draw this character. And, of course, we were using a dill pickle for a model, which I thought was quite funny.”

Now we are excited to see Dick Tracy in another medium and most would agree it’s long overdue, but Archie Comics attempted a similar reboot several months ago that ran afoul of licensing issues.   So we’re going to exercise some emotional caution and not get to excited for the new Tracy comic until some more time passes.   Hopefully the spaghetti that is Dick Tracy rights has been sorted and everything is good to go for Hermes Press.

Richard Pietrzyk’s Dick Tracy plans to arrive in late summer of 2019.

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

Minit Mysteries to Return to Dick Tracy

In the 1950’s Harvey Comics reprinted the Chester Gould comic strip in comic book form. The Tracy comics also utilized a filler called MINIT MYSTERIES.  In them, Tracy or another fictional detective would solve a crime on one page, while the reader tried to guess who was guilty first.

On Sunday November 19, we present our first DICK TRACY MINIT MYSTERY, as the reader is given the same clues as Tracy and has one week to solve the crime.  And each Minit Mystery features the work of a guest artist.

CHARLES ETTINGER is out first Minit Mystery Guest Artist.  He has ghosted work at DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, and is currently working on a Superhero parody comic called THE TOWN OF SKYWARD.

Our first Minit Mystery takes place in DICK TRACY from Sunday November 19 through Sunday November 26.  The next Minit Mystery will take place in Spring 2018. 

-Mike Curtis

…we at the Depot are excited about this fun idea.  To give you a taste of the the original Minute Mysteries, here’s a sample from Dick Tracy #25, March 1950.

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