Dick Tracy is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, which has been running since 1931. Created by Chestor Gould, the strip focuses on the titular detective, a jutting-chinned crusader who has fought gangsters, Nazis, and a vast Rogue's Gallery of grotesques such as Flattop and Pruneface, most of whom were killed in gory fashion.
The strip, which introduced the concept of a two-way wrist television, has been adapted for radio, film serials, television, low-budget movies in the 1940s, and a high-profile 1990 feature film.
- In "Billy Jo Jive" segments on Sesame Street, the opening sequence always shows an array of posters and images on Billy's wall, starting with a Dick Tracy comic strip, along with Sherlock Holmes and Shaft.
- In another Sesame Street segment, the Two-Headed Monster finds different ways to use a newspaper, until the paper's owner comes to read the comic section. He proceeds to read a Dick Tracy comic with the monster.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "Comic Capers," Scooter briefly becomes Scooter Tracy in the song "The Sunday Funnies."
- Charles Durning played Chief Brandon in the 1990 film
- Bob Hope played Flattop in the Command Performance spoof "Dick Tracy in B-Flat" (1945)
- Will Lee played Reg Rof in the Dick Tracy TV episode "The Mole" (1950)
- Abe Levitow directed installments of The Dick Tracy Show (1960-1961)
- John Moschitta, Jr. played a radio announcer in the 1990 film
- Mandy Patinkin played 88 Keys in the 1990 film
- Dinah Shore played Tess Trueheart in the Command Performance spoof "Dick Tracy in B-Flat" (1945)
- Dick Van Dyke played D.A. Fletcher in the 1990 film