Dick Locher Retires

The man who wears the yellow fedora and trench coat will continue to fight crime, but the man who writes and illustrates the drama in the Dick Tracy comic strip is retiring.

When Dick Locher puts the finishing touches on his last drawing the memories come rushing back to him.

“The 32 years I have been writing and drawing Dick Tracy has been a real kick,” said Tribune Company Cartoonist Dick Locher. “We had a good ride. We dodged some bullets and we dodged the bad guy and caught him.”

In 1957 Locher began assisted Chester Gould, the creator of creator of Dick Tracy. Later in 1983, Locher became the main artist for the strip.

“In Dick Tracy I always made sure that if someone read Wednesday’s comic strip, there was enough suspense and interest for them to buy Thursday’s paper,” said Locher.

Even though Locher is retiring, Dick Tracy is not handing in his badge just yet. There will be four illustrators and writers who will take on the strip, but for now the only questions that fans are asking what Locher will be doing next.

“I want to get back into different things,” said Locher. “My main hobby is iron casting and I would love to go water colors in the west. That would be fun,” said Locher.

From fine arts and continuing on his Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoons, Locher will still have a lot on his mind and on the drawing desk. No matter what Locher will always have the memories of creating Dick Tracy in his heart.

“I hope tomorrow the delivery of Dick Tracy on your door step will be good as it ever was,” said Locher. “That would be my wish to you.”


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