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
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.
Sawtooth by Joe Staton
Mike Curtis dropped me a line today to tease a new villain coming this December. Say hello to Sawtooth, drawn by Joe Staton.
I can’t give you any more detail, but Sawtooth looks like a classic Tracy foe to me. Dick might be in for a good brawl. Can’t wait for December!
Mr. Bribery and Little Rose (Nov 7th, 1965)
I don’t have much to say yet, but after today’s strip, June 11, 2015 I’d thought you might like to see a portion of a Sunday from 50 years ago. Ray T. and Willy 007’s insights in the comments section of the above GoComics link do my job for me. Now I’ll wait to see how this all plays out!