Gould’s Dick Tracy was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s C. Augustine
Dupin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with both an
official and middle class style. The first comic strip was published
on October 12, 1931, and began with Tracy’s romance with Tess
Trueheart. It was not until 1948 that they married.
Gould retired in 1977 and died in 1985. His assistant,
Rick Fletcher, and Max Allan Collins continued to illustrate and write
the strip until 1983 when Fletcher died. Dick Locher and Michael
Kilian took over and continue to publish the comic strip.
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