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!
Hi everyone! We’re announcing the second MINIT MYSTERY to appear in DICK TRACY. It runs from April 1 through the 8th. The guest artist is JOHN LUCAS, who has drawn DEADPOOL, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, X MEN, CONAN and SPIDER-MAN plus lots more. The plot involves an actor who plays a superhero on TV dying in an apparent suicide.
– Mike Curtis
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
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.
…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.
The Spirit and Dick Tracy crossover wrapped up last week and Joe Staton is taking a well deserved break from Tracy artwork to catch up on other work. In his absence Shelley Pleger, who already does the inks, letters, and punches up the occasional dialog, will be taking the art reigns! This is not the first time Shelley has stepped up with both the art, check out her contributions in a pinch back in 2015.
Shelley’s first task in our new story is reviving the look and feel of old Tribune comic, Harold Teen. Harold Teen is a comic strip about adolescence written and drawn by Carl Ed that ran from 1919 to 1959. Tracy writer Mike Curtis has described Harold Teen as his favorite comic strip and one of long standing goals has been to bring Harold, in this case briefly, back to the funnies. Make no assumptions on Mr. Curtis’s age there, I believe he was reading this adolescent story at quite the young age! There should be plenty of fun and amusement in the coming story, crime at a cosplay convention with real life guest star, Svengoolie in attendance.
We can’t wait for all this to play out and the Depot is excited to see Shelley’s rendition of our yellow coated crime fighter.