Dick Tracy Wiki
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First Appearance:

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Real Name:

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Known Aliases:

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Known Relatives:

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Known Associates:

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Appearance of Death:

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Created By:

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Can Be Found:

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Dick Tracy has a wide and varied following online. Many resources are available to fans of the strip, including blogs, forums, discussion groups, strip archives and more.

Below you will find resources for those who wish to read more of the strip, and for those who wish to contribute to the Dick Tracy Fandom.

For Readers[]

This site has an archive of the strip going back to late 2001. Many recent strips are in color, though the color was not provided by the official creative team. There is also a comments board where fans of the strip can share their reactions. Members of the creative teams have also posted there as well.

The official website of the Chester Gould Dick Tracy museum. Features an extensive archive of interesting information, including video, character profiles, and rare artwork.

The Dick Tracy Depot also features a great deal of useful information about the strip, its characters, and other media.

A Facebook group devoted to the strip. Fans can interact and share their opinions of the strip and other media. Members of the current creative team occasionally contribute.

Features several episodes of the Dick Tracy television and radio programs, as well as cartoons and film serials.

A digital copy of the 1990 novel by Max Allan Collins in English, Spanish and French.

Google has obtained the microfiche newspaper archives from various libraries around the world and made them available for readers to access at no cost. Many of these papers carried the Dick Tracy comic strip, enabling fans to read strips that have not yet been re-published.
Navigation can be time-consuming, and many of the archives are incomplete. Most of the libraries did not scan Sunday papers, or kept them as separate archives. Additionally, Sunday strips (which were printed in color) did not always scan well.
Papers that carried Dick Tracy and have extensive archives include (but are not limited to):

Additionally, the website newspapers.com contains a nearly complete archive of many major newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. However, newspapers.com charges a significant subscription fee after a free one-week trial period.

For Contributors to this Fandom[]

Please make an effort to adhere to the established style and tone of this Fandom. For example:

  • Writing should be academic/journalistic in tone. Write as you would for a scholarly paper, a newspaper article, or police report.
  • When creating a page for a character, an alias or nickname should not appear in quotation marks in the article's title if it the first name used (that is, the title should be Jumper Bondy rather than "Jumper" Bondy).
  • If a character has a commonplace name or title, it is appropriate to include a year or an indication of which storyline in which they appeared in the article's title, such as Mayor (1963) or Kitty (Selbert DePool storyline). It is not necessary to include these notices for uniquely-named characters.
  • Avoid colloquialism. For example, "The criminals fled the city and hid at the home the gang leader's girlfriend" rather than "The crooks went on the lam and hid with the kingpin's moll".
  • Events should be relayed in the past tense rather than the present. For example, "Dick Tracy found a clue and went to suspect's workplace", rather than "Dick Tracy finds a clue and goes to the suspect's workplace".
  • The body of the article should contain only information about what happened in the strip. Commentary or "behind-the-scenes" information should be reserved for the "Notes" section of an article.
  • Avoid phrasing that evaluates the events and characters, such as "happily", "surprisingly", or "ironically". It is not the role of this Fandom to determine for readers if a story element is happy, surprising, ironic, or any other adverb.
  • When creating a new article, include at least 1 picture (see below) and the infobox or character infobox template (as appropriate) containing as much of the following information as possible:
  1. Character Name
  2. Date of First Appearance (month, day, year, e.g. Janury 1st, 1953)
  3. Real Name (if applicable)
  4. Known Aliases (if applicable)
  5. Known Relatives (if applicable)
  6. Known Associates (if applicable)
  7. Date of Appearance of Death (if applicable)
  8. Created By
  9. Can Be Found (cite publications - typically books or compilations - in which the character appears)
  • Templates also exist for the Books and Comic Books categories.
  • If you do not know how to create an Infobox template, feel free to look at an entry that contains one and duplicate the format.
  • When adding an Infobox, it is only appropriate to identify other characters' status when it is (deceased). Other status, such as "missing" or "arrested" is not appropriate.
  • Add links to existing pages. A link should be present for the first time that a person/place/thing is mentioned, but not on every subsequent mention, i.e. "When Dick Tracy arrived, the others recognized him as Dick Tracy, the famous detective".
  • If, for any reason, you are not able to complete an article once you've created it, please add it to the Stubs category, so other contributors will see that it requires attention.

To Create a Picture[]

  • Scan a page using your home scanner and crop the appropriate image.
  • Capture an image from an online source using the PrtScn (Print Screen) button found above the numeral panel in the upper right corner of most standard computer keyboards. The image will be saved in your computer's temporary memory or "clipboard".
    • Paste the image into a photo editing program, such as Microsoft Paint by selecting "Paste" from the menu screen (upper left corner), or using the keystroke Ctrl-V.
    • Crop the image as necessary. Make other adjustments (contrast, sharpness, etc) as needed.
  • A picture needs to be added to the Fandom's archive before it can be added to an Infobox graphic. Add the picture to the body of the article, then remove it, taking note of the file name which will then need to be correctly typed into the Infobox Template.
  • When adding a picture, try to select images that are good representations of a character, location, artistic style, or situation.
  • Full strips or images that contain multiple panels are not necessary and are space-consuming. Additionally, multiple images of the same character on a page that do not reflect different styles or depictions of that character are not needed.
  • Photographs are subject to copyright restrictions. Please review the Fandom policy on photographs before adding any.