Created by Chester Gould in , Dick Tracy has proven to be one of the most enduring comic strips of all time. With a square-jawed detective protagonist and his rogues gallery of cosmetically-unfortunate villains, Tracy has become a kind of shorthand for brilliant and dogged investigative work. After taking art correspondence courses as a teenager, Pawnee, Oklahoma native Chester Gould decided that one way to get rich would be to create a comic strip that would be syndicated all over the country. Drawing on his distaste for mob figure Al Capone, Gould created Plainclothes Tracy , about a detective disrupting the criminal underworld.
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In the strip's first week, Tracy's girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, is kidnapped and her father murdered. Tracy joins the police as a plainclothes detective, tracks down the killers, and rescues Tess. He then decides to stick with the force. His determination, incorruptible honesty, and well-known willingness to use violence in excess of any that had ever before been seen in comics devastatingly parodied by Li'l Abner's "ideel", Fearless Fosdick, Al Capp's strip-within-a-strip , combine to carry him quickly to the top of his profession — where he remains to this very day.
Dick Tracy , the hard-boiled hero of Dick Tracy , a newspaper comic strip created by Chester Gould in Tracy was portrayed as an incorruptible plainclothes detective in a Midwestern city that resembled Chicago. He was jut-jawed and eagle-nosed and usually wore a fedora, a dark suit, a white shirt, and a necktie. He was relentless in pursuing criminals, who in the s were Prohibition gangsters, robbers, crooked politicians, and criminal defense lawyers. Later his criminal adversaries were grotesque villains of repulsive physiognomy with such self-descriptive names as Pruneface, Flyface, the Mole, Wormy, the Blank, Laffy, and Rhodent.
Chester Gould was born to Gilbert R. He was a Christian. Growing up, Gould and his family were members of the United Brethren Church. His cousin Henry W. The comic then branched to the fictional character that became famous.