Before Mike Curtis and Joe Staton took over the Dick Tracy comic strip from a retiring Dick Locher in 2011, they collaborated on a Plainclothes Dick Tracy tribute site. Mike penned a Major Crime Squad story, Joe provided the artwork and law enforcement officer and writer Sgt. Jim Doherty contributed prose Dick Tracy stories. They we’re not trying to slip past syndicate copyright, that was clearly displayed, it was a work of love, and as it turns out, an audition for Dick Tracy.
Eventually the syndicate became of aware of the website, and while Plainclothes and it’s content was sadly discontinued, the team was asked to take over Dick Tracy from retiring Dick Locher. Of course we know they said yes!
Now those of you who have read Dick Tracy Sunday’s are no doubt familiar with the Crimestoppers and Hall of Fame panel at the start of the strip. Chester Gould started this signature of the Dick Tracy Sunday and Team Tracy has kept the tradition alive with Jim Doherty writing almost all of the panels from 2011 to 2016 when Jim took his leave to pursue other interests.
So it’s very exciting to have heard Jim Doherty is returning to the Dick Tracy team as the guest writer of a new Minit Mystery. Minit Mysteries are one or two week stories. Jim’s mystery will begin Sunday, April 28th. Knowing his love of early era Dick Tracy stories (we’ve published a few of his articles), I’m not surprised to hear there will be a 1930’s style to this Minit Mystery and I’m also excited to see Joe Staton take a crack at that original Gould drawing style.
Hot on the heels of their soon to conclude Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive series, IDW Publishing is at it again with Dick Tracy Forever, a new series written and drawn by Eisner award winner Michael Avon Oeming. With the four-issue series beginning this April, Dick Tracy Foreveris described as “The proverbial Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at delivering justice are met with crime and chaos in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era or incarnation… even when his startling new case defies all notions of time and space!” (IDW)
Michael Avon Oeming has a growing history with crime-fighters, having worked with both The Spirit and Batman but this is first shot at Dick Tracy, whom he has openly talked about for over a decade.
“I’ve gotten to write and draw most of my bucket list characters, from The Spirit to Batman and more, but I never dreamed that Dick Tracy would even be a possibility,” Oeming said. “It feels completely natural and I cannot wait to show why he’s such a relevant character for all times.”
Oeming will be joined on the Dick Tracy Forever series by colorist Taki Soma. For the debut issue, Oeming will provide the main cover and a noir-inspired spot color variant, with the greatest cartoonist of all time, Kyle Baker contributing a special incentive cover variant.
This year has been a busy one for Dick Tracy publishing and it looks to get busier. Courtesy of IDW Publishing, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive!is a four issue comic series that can be found in comic stores starting in September. IDW Publishing, the publisher of the popular Chester Gould collections is backing the team of Michael, Lee and Laura Allred and Rich Tommaso as they re-image the illustrious crime fighter.
In Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, our favorite investigator has lost his job after making the biggest collar of his career. Packing his bags, Tracy heads for “the city by the lake,” ready to take on strange new villains and crooked cops. Facing enemies at every turn, Dead or Alive promises plenty of gunfights and action.
Brothers Lee and Mike have joined forces to write the series while Mike also joins the art team with his wife (and favorite colorist) Laura. Mike and Laura have a long scrolling list of comic’s under their belt but are probably most well known for Madman, iZombie and work with Silver Surfer. Rich Tommaso brings his amazing pencils to the team and is known for some amazing artwork. One of the hardest working cartoonists in the business, Tommaso’s works have an incredible thematic range. Comicbook.com has a great article on the best of Rich’s work, but they might soon need to amend that list!
As stated before, the Dead or Alive #1 can be found in comic book stores in September and it will also be available on Amazon Kindle starting September 26th, and monthly after that. You can also expect a full four issue paperback next April. We can’t wait to review the first issue!
Hello everyone, hopefully your summer is going well. Mike Curtis dropped a Dick Tracy teaser into our mail box,
The next MINIT MYSTERY is ready and now it’s two weeks long! Guest artist is RICH BURCHETT, known for his work on BATMAN, BLACKHAWK, ARCHIE, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. His stint on MINIT MYSTERY begins SUNDAY AUGUST 19 and ends SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1.
Hermes Press proudly announced today the creation of an all-new Dick Tracy graphic novel written and drawn by Dick Tracy comic strip veteran Richard Pietrzyk. The story will take place during the 1940’s and promises to be a reboot in the mold of the classic years of the feature in a film noir adventure that holds true to the origins of the character.
Richard Pietrzyk has a rich artistic history that includes working on Brenda Starr, the Archie strip and Katy Keene. But today we’re talking Dick Tracy, and Pietrzyk had an opportunity to work with Tracy creator Chester Gould doing lettering late in Gould’s career when Rick Fletcher was doing most of the artwork. Having the chance to meet with Chester every two weeks, Richard was able to talk with Tracy’s creator about his characters and his art mechanics.
Pietrzyk discussed those conversations with Gould in an interview on Hermes Press, here’s a sample,
“Once time I told him I had created a character named Pickle Puss, and PP looked a little like a Dill pickle with eyes, nose, and a mouth. And when CG looked at my interpretation of this character, he said, “Drawing a character like that in profile would be very difficult to do.” So he suggested that we go into the kitchen and get a jar of pickles from his refrigerator so we could determine the look and texture of a perfect pickle. There we were, holding it longways and sideways, try to figure out the best way to draw this character. And, of course, we were using a dill pickle for a model, which I thought was quite funny.”
Now we are excited to see Dick Tracy in another medium and most would agree it’s long overdue, but Archie Comics attempted a similar reboot several months ago that ran afoul of licensing issues. So we’re going to exercise some emotional caution and not get to excited for the new Tracy comic until some more time passes. Hopefully the spaghetti that is Dick Tracy rights has been sorted and everything is good to go for Hermes Press.
Richard Pietrzyk’s Dick Tracy plans to arrive in late summer of 2019.
Helping out Mike Curtis
My friend, Dick Tracy writer Mike Curtis is having health problems. As many know, hospital tests and treatment costs are sky high and Mike is asking for help. Please visit Mike’s GoFundMe Page. to find out more and contribute if you can. Thank you!