“Even a casual reader of ‘Dick Tracy’ finds his memory’s dam bursting with recollections … and images.” – Richard Marschall, ‘This IS a Comic Strip!’, Nemo 17, Feb 1986by John Adcock
1967 — ‘Pacific’
1965 — ‘To Prince Edward Island’
“— in varying degrees, Dick Tracy proposed a new standard of precision, a rediscovery of precision such as only those artists, major and minor, who are entitled to be taken with full seriousness, ever deal with. Like Aubrey Beardsley and Max Beerbohm, Chester Gould insists, in his work, on presenting the terms and figures of darkness in the imagery of a superhuman, murderous daylight, the language of impeccable identification.” — ‘Flat Foot Floogie’ by Donald Phelps, Nemo 17, Feb 1986
1955 — ‘Dick Tracy’, Star Weekly, Nov 19
“…frequently cut off the heads of figures in their panels…”
COULD Colville’s compositions have been inspired by Dick Tracy? Perhaps the question is not as far-fetched as it seems. Colville was eleven years old when Tracy made his debut in 1931. As a Canadian sponsored war artist he may have come across Dick Tracy in comic books, the choice reading of troops serving overseas. If Colville read newspaper comics in the 50s and 60s he couldn’t have missed Dick Tracy, which appeared in many comic sections including The (Toronto) Star Weekly, The Winnipeg Tribune and The (Vancouver) Sunday Sun.
1956 — ‘Dick Tracy’, Star Weekly, June 30
Harry Bruce, Beside the Shadow of the Raven — Why death suffuses the art of Alex Colville, Montreal Gazette, Jan 15, 1977.
Alex Colville obituary, The Telegraph, Aug 22, 2013 HERE.
Chester Gould obituary, Los Angeles Times, May 12, 1985 HERE.
All Alex Colville images (copyright A.C. Fine Art Inc.) are reproduced with permission of Official site of Alex Colville HERE.