The son of a newspaperman, Chester Gould was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma in 1900. He produced a pair of forgettable comic strips before creating "Plainsclothes Tracy" - changed to "Dick Tracy" - in 1931, and continued as its mastermind for an astonishing 46 years, until his retirement in 1977.
"Chester Gould's paragon of avenging normalcy was not your average, tough-guy detective. A unique combination of brawn and brains, he prefigured a whole new breed of scientific sleuths, whose recourse to technical innovations in criminology gave them the edge on grifters and hoods." - Robert Storr, Dean, Yale University School of Art (from Masters of American Comics)