Many Dick Tracy fans know Jim Doherty as the strip’s police technical advisor and writer of the crimestopper panel that appears with each Sunday panel. They might be surprised (or not) to know that Jim is also a career police officer and author with a new edition of his book, “Just the Facts, True Tales of Cops and Criminals” now available for purchase in either paperback or e-book.
Doherty’s “Just the Facts” tells the stories of law enforcement legends and the people who stood on the other side. Brought to life in this new edition are Bill Tilghman, legendary Oklahoma lawman and town-tamer from the Territorial era to the Roaring Twenties. Richard Crafts, an airline pilot who killed his stewardess wife and fed her frozen body into a rented woodchipper. Hawaiian Policeman Chang Apana, the real Chinese-American detective who inspired Earl Derr Biggers to create Charlie Chan and many more.
“This book,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is amazing. Jim Doherty brings stories of the good and bad guys of crime to life with a style that lets you know not only is he a law enforcement professional, but he’s also a fan of the history itself. Real life figures, both those everyone probably recognizes and so many that most of us have never heard of, don’t just leap off the page. They shoot, drive, roll, tumble, and fight their way from Jim’s wonderfully handled prose into a sort of new reality all their own for the reader.”
Famed former Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, author of Road To Perdition also piles on praise. “Jim Doherty combines the cool eye of a law enforcement professional (which he is) with the fiery enthusiasm of a fan (which he also is) in a superb collection of essays detailing the true-crime back-stories of some of mystery fiction’s greatest yarns. These crisp, no-nonsense accounts are hypnotically readable, and the Eliot Ness chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”
If you are at all interested in reading some amazing real life police stories, the Depot encourages you to pick up a copy of Jim’s new book. It is available on Amazon (In paperback and kindle). Many thanks to the people at Pro Se Productions for providing us some quality quotes for this post. Check out their blog here.
Exciting news out of the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend where the Dick Tracy team, Mike Curtis (writer) and Joe Staton (artist) have won the 2013 Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” over some stiff competition. The Harvey’s are a major comic strip award and our congratulations go out to the entire Dick Tracy team!
As has been noted in an earlier post, the Harvey Awards are leading comic awards (and a successor to the Kirby Awards) currently presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art and are named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993), one of the comic industry’s most innovative talents.
Here’s a full list of this year’s Harvey winners :
Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton was kind enough to share with the Depot a few pictures from his trip to Illinois. Joe met fans and former Dick Tracy collaborators at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and also took a grand Tracy tour through Illinois. Staton was lucky enough to see the Chester Gould estate and studio in Woodstock, spent the day with Ross Fletcher (son of late Tracy artist Rick Fletcher) and visited with previous Dick Tracy artist/writer, Dick Locher.
If you have a few spare minutes, take the time to click through Joe’s photos here. Hopefully like us, they will give you a warm fuzzy feeling.
Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton has been busy talking to fans over the last couple weeks. First our friends (hopefully we’re friends) over at First Comics News interviewed our favorite artist a few days ago. Take a read!
On top of that Joe did a live #AskDickTracy tweet with @GoComics Friday 5/10 at 1:30 CST. Check out the feedback on Twitter.
Piling on the praise here, Joe’s artistry since taking over in 2011 has been amazing. The professional look and feel of well drawn characters and detail thick backgrounds makes us feel like we’re reading a store-bought comic every day. Mr. Staton knows his craft and we’re hopeful he’ll continue for a long, long time!
The time is now. The place is the City by the Lake. The man is Dick Tracy. Decades after the era of Al Capone, Pruneface, Ma Barker and Flattop, the good guys are still fighting the bad guys with guns, guts and technology in the continuing saga of Dick Tracy.
Volume one of the new “Calling Dick Tracy!” eBook series by noted artist Joe Staton (Justice Society of America, Green Lantern) and writer Mike Curtis (Richie Rich, Casper the Friendly Ghost) features the new teams first 20 weeks including the storylines, Flyface and Fifth Return, Flakey Miscuit Makes the Dough, Doubleup and Scarlet Sting and B-B Eyes and Honeymoon. Word is out each strip comes to us in color, even the dailies which many readers have only ever seen in black and white. Now available in Apple’s iBook and also Amazon e-readers, we can’t wait to get our hands on it!