Dick Tracy (character)

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Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy and the famous 2-Way Wrist Radio.
Publication information
PublisherChicago Tribune New York News Syndicate
First appearance"Dick Tracy" (October 4, 1931)
Created byChester Gould
In-story information
PartnershipsLittle Orphan Annie
Moon Maid
Tess Trueheart
Daddy Warbucks
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Detective skills

Dick Tracy is a fictional police detective in the American comic strip Dick Tracy created by Chester Gould in 1931.[1] Tracy is a tough and intelligent detective who uses forensic science, advanced gadgetry, and wits in his relentless pursuit of criminals.

The Dick Tracy comic strip made its premiere on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror.[2] The strip was distributed by Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Chester Gould both drew and wrote the comic strip until the year 1977.[2] Since then other writers and artists have continued to produce the strip, which is still running in newspapers to this day.

The character of Dick Tracy has been featured in the 1930s–1940s Dick Tracy, with Tracy voiced by Bob Burlen, Barry Thompson, Ned Wever and Matt Crowley.[3]

The character of Dick Tracy has been featured in a number of films including, from 1990, Dick Tracy, which starred Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy.[4][5]


  1. ^ Gustines, George Gene (June 23, 2014). "Annie Missing? No Worries, Dick Tracy Is on the Case". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "I Like 'Em Tough", Jim Doherty, 2009, Mystericale.com
  3. ^ Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Google Books. Oxford Press. p. 199.
  4. ^ Erbland, Kate (June 15, 2015). "Dick Tracy Turns 25: Why Has Everyone Forgotten the Original Prestige Comic Book Movie?". Vanity Fair.
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (June 15, 1990). "Dick Tracy (1990) Review/FIlm; A Cartoon Square Comes to Life In 'Dick Tracy'". The New York Times.

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