Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, artist and writer for Dick Tracy

Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Artist Joe Staton and writer Mike Curtis co-author "Dick Tracy," the classic comic strip distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Created by Chester Gould in 1931, "Dick Tracy" is one of America's most-enduring pop-cultural icons, noteworthy for its steadfast, chisel-jawed hero and the gruesome gallery of villains he and his fearless team of Crimestoppers must outwit to put behind bars.

When longtime "Dick Tracy" artist and writer Dick Locher retired from the strip after 32 years of meritorious service, fans Staton and Curtis jumped at the chance to don the yellow fedora and trench coat. They have been "Dick Tracy" enthusiasts since their Tennessee childhoods--and although both fondly recall reading the strip in the Jackson Sun, they didn't actually meet until many years later at a comic-book convention.

Staton has been drawing comic books for many years and has more than 1,000 credits under his belt--including stints at Charlton Comics, where he co-created the cult hero E-Man, and at Marvel Comics, where he inked Avengers and Hulk books. The majority of his work, however has been pubished by DC Comics, where he co-created The Omega Men and The Huntress, Darknight Daughter. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Green Lantern comic books, for which he created several alien Green Lanterns, including Kilowog, Salakk and Arisia.

And "Dick Tracy" isn't Staton's first trip downtown. During 1998, he penciled Mickey Spillane's "Mike Danger" strip.

Curtis, who has been writing comics since 1986, is the only former law-enforcement officer to work on "Dick Tracy." A former deputy sheriff in Orleans Parish, New Orleans, he brings a seasoned copper's eye to the gritty stories the strip will increasingly tell. Curtis also maintains a number of contacts in the law-enforcement community who are providing input as he and Staton begin development of Detective Tracy's next generation of high-tech crimefighting gadgets.

Curtis' previous writing credits include "Richie Rich" and "Casper the Friendly Ghost" for Harvey Comics.

Both creators are excited about the new--and dangerous--adventures they have in store for Dick Tracy and his Crimestoppers.

Joe Staton and Mike Curtis Samples

Dick Tracy comic strip sample by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Dick Tracy comic strip sample by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Dick Tracy comic strip sample by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

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