Each and every Sunday the first Hall of Fame or Crimestoppers panel of the Dick Tracy comic strip comes courtesy of Jim Doherty. We were surprised to learn Jim’s last official day with the Tracy team was December 31st and want to thank give a big thank you and wish him well in the future. In addition to the weekly Crimestoppers panel, Doherty has served as the police technical adviser for the strip since the start of the Curtis/Staton era in the spring of 2011.
A former officer, Jim has served in law enforcement at local, state and federal levels and is more recently an author of several novels. Jim contributed to the now defunct PLAINCLOTHES website that unexpectedly served as a Dick Tracy audition for Mike Curtis and Joe Staton. During his time with Team Tracy, Sgt. Doherty has been part of winning three Harvey Awards.
On a more personal level, Jim kindly emailed me emailed me shortly after the Dick Tracy Depot began to gain some legs and was more than happy to converse and share some of his Dick Tracy prose. He has penned a pair of historical Dick Tracy articles I was excited to re-post and am still honored to include. His very knowledgeable comments on police procedure and hierarchy on the go-comics forums invariably clarify things for all of us readers. I am informed he is a contributor to the ever-growing Dick Tracy Wikia website, where you can read a far better bio.
While Jim’s time with the Dick Tracy comic has come to an end, there have been enough Crimestoppers submissions to keep his Railroad Police autograph on the Sunday panel for sometime. On behalf of the Dick Tracy Depot, thank you Jim!