Due to an oversight by the Tribune Content Agency, which holds the copyright to Dick Tracy, Archie Comics’ planned Dick Tracy series has been canceled. The book was first announced in December 2017, with Alex Segura and Michael Moreci writing, and artwork by Thomas Pitilli. The story was going to revolve around Tracy’s early days as a detective, adding to the recent trend of pulpy crime stories that have been coming from Archie Comics, both on the page and screen.
In a series of tweets from TCA:
“Due to an unfortunate error on our part, Tribune is sad to announce that there will not be a DICK TRACY comic book series from Archie Comics. While we had high hopes for the book and Archie Comics negotiated the deal in good faith and is not at fault, we discovered a preexisting licensing deal that precludes us from continuing with this project. We apologize to Archie Comics, the very talented creators, and their many fans.”
Segura responded to the news publicly on Twitter, writing:
“To say we’re bummed is a huge, huge understatement,” Segura, also Co-President of Archie Comics, said via Twitter. “I’m not going to say much else about this. Co-writing a Dick Tracy comic was a dream come true for me, and getting the chance to work with Michael, Tom and Archie Comics was an amazing experience. Sometimes things just don’t line up. On to the next thing. Thanks, as always.”
This isn’t the first time a planned Dick Tracy comic has been canceled. In 2010, there were rumors that Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming were given an opportunity to write a Dick Tracy book before Warren Beatty shut the project down, as he still had some of the licensing rights to the character in his possession. As for Archie Comics’ crime sagas, fans can order Vol. 1 of the rebooted Hangman series, which takes a classic character from the Golden Age of Pep Comics and updates him for the 21st century. Vol. 1 collects Issues #1-4 and was released on January 9th, 2018.
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