Long time Dick Tracy police collaborator and Sunday crimestopper writer Jim Doherty was kind enough to allow to provide us with two of his Dick Tracy articles which have been attached in the new Books, Collections and Articles section of the Depot. The first gives a history of Dick Tracy and Chester Gould and the second is a great piece on Dick Tracy in Prose. Jim has a deep knowledge of the world of Dick Tracy and the history of American law enforcement and his work is definitely worth the read. Also, take a look at the Novels, Collections and Big Little Book pages, they might just trigger a desire to start a collection like us.
Ever since Mike and Joe took over Dick Tracy, we’ve seen a flood of comic strip “cross-overs.” Ok, cross-over is a strong word, we’ve seen a ton of homage’s and call outs between the friendly comic strip writers and artists. Sunday’s strip of Marty and Spud is the latest example of this, with Matt Hansel’s strip starting an homage to Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy.
Moon Maid ZAPPED Sparkle!! Check out the May 28th strip to see MM (real Moon Maid, clone, someone else brain washed?) zap Sparkle Plenty in a bit of a cat fight over Honeymoon and Junior Tracy. Ok, really it was a sucker punch, Sparkle didn’t even see it coming and neither did we!
It was a fun day and after boarder Dick Tracy yahoo group Willy Carlson coined the assault on Junior’s wife a “Sparkle Zap”, Mike Curtis (DT writer) challenged a digital artist to produce a cereal by the same name. Willy took on the challenge and gave us quite the cover! A whole lot of fun and we have to admit interest in that Mysta doll as well! Check out the yahoo boards on DT for a full sized version.
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!