Dick Tracy

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     Chester 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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