Keen eyed Dick Tracy fans may have noticed a bit of censorship in the Chicago Tribune during the recent storyline involving a kidnapped child. The Tribune has chosen to remove all images of a child in danger, replacing the offending panels with an alternate panel. The replacement panels are drawn with the same amount of skill and flow seamlessly suggesting Joe Staton and Mike Curtis were given warning of the Tribune’s intentions. We will not be too critical here (though we want to), the changes are minor and obviously came about because of a desire to keep child endangerment out of their comics, but they do remind us of a prior Chicago Tribune censorship incidents. With all other Dick Tracy strips across the country and online showing the original strips, few people even noticed!
The latest Dick Tracy storyline has kicked off with a seventy year old murder mystery that stretches all the way back to a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In this two month long story, Dick Tracy requests the help of an old associate, George Takei (George Tawara in the strip) and his husband Brad! Takei stated on his Facebook page that he and Brad are “truly honored to be a part of it.” It’s been a busy couple months for Takei in the comics, in December 2012 he made a special appearance in issue No. 6 of Archie Comics’ “Kevin Keller.” The fact that the strip is using an often glossed over piece of American history, Japanese Internment Camps, is very commendable and we can’t wait to read the story.
Back for the first time since 1932, Broadway Bates and Belle have returned to plague Dick Tracy once again. This time Broadway and Belle have set their crosshairs on the new trend in Tracy’s hometown, costumed superheroes! Follow the action at any of the online comic strips and get up to speed on the background of the two villians here.