Camera-ready comic art drawing for Dick Tracy

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Dick Tracy comic strip shows Tracy coming back from a trip to the moon and getting notice that his help is needed to catch an escaped fugitive.
Chester Gould (1900-1985) began his career in the early 1920s cartooning for The Daily Oklahoman. Shortly afterwards he began drawing his strips Fillum Fables and The Radio Catts. Gould's Dick Tracy strip ran beginning in 1931. He drew and wrote Dick Tracy until he retired in 1977.
Dick Tracy (1931- ) is a police detective who is shown using science and technology to his advantage in order to solve his crimes. His "2-Way Wrist Radio" was an example of his futuristic interests. During the 1960s Gould began receiving criticism about the strip, especially for its politics and celebration of the police. This criticism prompted more science fiction-directed stories, such as Tracy’s visits to the moon. The Dick Tracy story has seen adaptations to radio, film, television, books, and comic books.
Currently not on view
Object Name
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date made
original artist
Gould, Chester
Tribune Printing Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 47 cm x 50 cm; 18 1/2 in x 19 11/16 in
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Criminal Investigation
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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