As Sadie’s Extremely Graphic blog reported, the demise of the Dick Tracy comic strip may be at hand. The creater Pawnee born Oklahoman, Chester Gould started the comic strip in 1931. For a very interesting interview with Gould, read The Celebrated Cases of Dick Tracy.
Libraries or Amazon.com should have other books on Gould and Tracy; Dick Tracy: The Official Biography by Jay Maeder, Dick Tracy: America’s Most Famous Detective by Bill Crouch, Jr. and for a more scholarly approach, read Dick Tracy and American Culture by Garyn G. Roberts. The last has a fantastic bibliography.
And there is a series of collected strips called Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy , Volumes 1-6 (so far), published by IDW.
Did you know that when a signed picture of Chester Gould was taken from the Oklahoma State University (later recovered) the Oklahoman accidentally declared him deceased and Gould took issue, being very much alive at the time. Here’s the note sent to the Oklahoman and all was corrected and forgiven.
In case you can’t read the print under the note:
‘VERY MUCH ALIVE’ as the author of the Dick Tracy comic strip, Chester Gould sent this message to The Oklahoman from his Woodstock, III., home to prove it. Last week a framed picture of the crimestoppor extraordinaire was taken from the student union at Oklahoma State University, and Gould was erroneously ideniified in the early edition Aug. 31 as “the Late” on the word of a student union official. The Oklahoman and OSU, Gould’s alma mater regret the error.
There’s a Chester Gould/Dick Tracy museum in Woodstock, Illinois.