Hold on to your fedora — Dick Tracy will return to comic books next April, courtesy of Archie Comics.
The series will be co-written by Roche Limit and Hoax Hunters writer Michael Moreci and Archie Comics co-president (and crime novelist) Alex Segura, with art by Thomas Pitilli and colorist Dee Cunniffe.
“Dick Tracy has always been a character that stands shoulder to shoulder amongst the best–Superman, The Shadow, Conan the Barbarian, Spider-Man, you name it,” Moreci said in a press release. “There’s been so many great Dick Tracy stories over the past 75 years, and that’s such a testament to his versatility, his amazing–unbeatable–rogues gallery, and what he represents.”
The new ongoing series will detail the early days of the character’s career after World War II. The series promises to “blend the classic Dick Tracy style that readers know and love with a modern and dark noir feel.”
“The first arc of the series is going back to square one – as we explore the very early days of Dick Tracy’s time in The City, soon after the second World War,” Segura said. “While everyone is familiar with the established, confident and heroic Tracy, we wanted to give readers a chance to see how all that came to be, and how his Rogues first reared their ugly mugs.”
Created by Chester Gould, the Dick Tracy comic strip debuted in 1931, and Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977. It still runs today, courtesy of the team of Mike Curtis and Joe Staton. Dick Tracy appeared in numerous comic book series over the years, most recently in the early 1990s as a tie-in to the Warren Beatty film.
Archie Comics is no stranger to licensed comics, having produced a zillion issues of Sonic the Hedgehog over the last few decades. And Segura and Moreci seem like just the right guys to breath some new life and a new direction into Dick Tracy. The new series kicks off in April.