The Chester Gould Gallery
Inside this gallery, you’ll be able to follow Dick Tracy as originally created by Chester Gould all the way back to the beginning, starting with the first strips published in the 1930s. Stay tuned as we continue to release more of these strips in the future!
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Dick Tracy from the 1930s
When Chester Gould first conceived of his crime-busting hero, his characters and plots were strongly inspired by real-life events and gangsters such as Al Capone [Big Boy] and John Dillinger [Boris Arson]. He also modeled several characters after popular Hollywood stars…Wallace Beery [Steve the Tramp], James Cagney [Jimmy White], Claudette Colbert [Jean Penfield], and Edward G. Robinson [Stooge Viller]. Later, he developed his own brand of unique criminals [Doc Hump, the Purple Cross Gang, the Blank, Jojo Niddle].
Dick Tracy from the 1940s
In the next decade, Gould’s crooks were so bizarre they were referred to as grotesques, their names reflecting their physical appearance or criminal actions. By the end of World War II, crimes in varied forms of thefts, scams, and extortion prevailed while Gould developed secondary plots involving weddings and births, crime-fighting inventions, and the formation of Crimestoppers.
Dick Tracy from the 1950s
In the third decade, villains and plots became more complex and sophisticated; Gould turned his concerns to organized crime, juvenile delinquency, and domestic crimes. The introduction of Lizz, the policewoman, was a highlight.