Dick Tracy : Dead or Alive

This year has been a busy one for Dick Tracy publishing and it looks to get busier.  Courtesy of IDW Publishing, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive! is a four issue comic series that can be found in comic stores starting in September.   IDW Publishing, the publisher of the popular Chester Gould collections is backing the team of Michael, Lee and Laura Allred and Rich Tommaso as they re-image the illustrious crime fighter.

In Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, our favorite investigator has lost his job after making the biggest collar of his career.  Packing his bags, Tracy heads for “the city by the lake,” ready to take on strange new villains and crooked cops.   Facing enemies at every turn, Dead or Alive promises plenty of gunfights and action.

Brothers Lee and Mike have joined forces to write the series while Mike also joins the art team with his wife (and favorite colorist) Laura.  Mike and Laura have a long scrolling list of comic’s under their belt but are probably most well known for Madman, iZombie and work with Silver Surfer.  Rich Tommaso brings his amazing pencils to the team and is known for some amazing artwork.  One of the hardest working cartoonists in the business, Tommaso’s works have an incredible thematic range.  Comicbook.com has a great article on the best of Rich’s work, but they might soon need to amend that list!

As stated before, the Dead or Alive #1 can be found in comic book stores in September and it will also be available on Amazon Kindle starting September 26th, and monthly after that.  You can also expect a full four issue paperback next April.  We can’t wait to review the first issue!

New Minit Mystery will Arrive in Late August

Hello everyone, hopefully your summer is going well.   Mike Curtis dropped a Dick Tracy teaser into our mail box,

The next MINIT MYSTERY is ready and now it’s two weeks long! Guest artist is RICH BURCHETT, known for his work on BATMAN, BLACKHAWK, ARCHIE, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. His stint on MINIT MYSTERY begins SUNDAY AUGUST 19 and ends SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1.

– Mike Curtis

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!