The first Dick Tracy newspaper strip appeared daily in 1931. Written by Chester Gould, Dick Tracy depicting the law enforcement battle against Chicago style violence of the 1930’s and the strip quickly spread in newspapers across the country. The villians of Dick Tracy are arguably it’s main attraction and Gould’s villians were drawn as ugly and evil as they acted. Over the decades, the gadgetry and technology of Dick Tracy advances but the stories generally played out the same, with the hard hitting detective hunting down criminal after criminal and bringing them to Justice.
With over eight decades of daily strips, the sheer quantity of characters and stories is daunting and here summaries of those stories and details on the characters are available.