Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The creation of Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame 2005 inductee, Chester Gould, the gumshoe detective in the bright yellow ensemble will soon celebrate three quarters of a century entertaining young and old alike in newspapers across the country, as well as the big and small screens. Most worthy of note is the release of a the complete Dick Tracy cartoon series from the '60's, on a celebratory 4-dvd set by Classic Media on September 26th. Read about it here.
Most interesting to me, however, is how I came to be aware of the impending anniversary. I happened to be perusing the comics page of the September 5th edition of the Daily Oklahoman when I noticed that the space normally intended for Gasoline Alley contained a three panel Tracy strip, with the star himself musing over his own milestone. With the G.A. heading still present, I assumed a mistake had been made...until I read the September 6th edition, in which the erstwhile detective finds himself in a "one-horse town" called Gasoline Alley. "No place could be named that!" Priceless. Not normally a Gasoline Alley fan, I now plan to see this through to it's conclusion. I suggest fans of Dick Tracy do the same.