Shelley Pleger is the primary artist on the Dick Tracy comic strip. She occasionally assists with dialogue. She had previously been and an art assistant who inked and lettered the strip.Shelley joined the strip's creative team in 2011 along with Mike Curtis, Joe Staton, and Shane Fisher.
In April 2017, Ms. Pleger temporarily replaced Joe Staton (who had other commitments that required his attention) as the penciler of daily and Sunday strips. Ms. Pleger became the first woman to be the main artist on the Dick Tracy strip. When Joe Staton retired from the strip in 2021, Shelley Pleger succeeded him as the main artist.
- Shelley Pleger is married to Terry Pleger, a frequent contributor on the gocomics.com Dick Tracy discussion board.
- Ms. Pleger's first name was inspired by the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (author of Frankenstein).