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Dick Tracy, by Chester Gould

Strip run:  1931 - present

 

Example of Dick Tracy daily by Chester Gould, April 17, 1974.  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 

Example of Dick Tracy daily by Chester Gould, October 10, 1975.  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 

Example of Dick Tracy daily by Chester Gould, October 10, 1975.  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 

Example of Dick Tracy daily by Chester Gould, March 5, 1976.  Copyright Chicago Tribune.

 

Handwritten letter by Chester Gould to Mr. Joe Spizzirri on Dick Tracy letterhead.  Unfortunately I have no information on who this individual is, but apparently he is/was quite knowledgeable when it came to science.  It also shows how Gould would actually do some research for the content of his strips.  The following is the content of the letter, dated June 29, 1971:

"Dear Joe:  Thanks so much for sending me the material on cesium and other things of the future.  I certainly expect to use some ideas on cesium in my fall strips, probably late Oct. or Nov. as I am now that far ahead.  I most whole heartedly thank you for this exciting research news.  It sounds like old Diet Smith has been on the right track.  Also I completely echo your every word about Ray Berry.  If ever God made a man and teacher it is Ray.  As you said, his like will be a long time showing up after Ray is gone.  We who know him are lucky.  His esteem for you, Joe, is great and glowing and in that, I join Ray.  Your presence at lunch that day was most stimulating.  We may yet see the vast reaches of space conquered by cesium.  I hope so.  The utterly obsolete rocket is a frightening thing to have our space program tied to.  Keep up the good work you are doing and watch for my handling later on of some of this thinking.  I hope we may again join Ray in a noon enterlude [sic] - of lively ideas.

With very best wishes,

Sincerely

Chet Gould"

 

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