Svengoolie is guest starring in the Dick Tracy comic strip

The horror host meets the ace detective in the funny pages.

Tribune Content Agency

In 1931, Northwestern University graduate Chester Gould landed a job as a cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune. Later that same year, Gould created his ultimate gumshoe, Dick Tracy. For the past 86 years, Dick Tracy has been a steady presence in newspaper comic sections. Gould himself drew the daily strip until 1977.

Various illustrators have picked up the pen for the yellow-coated detective in the years since. Today, Dick Tracy is the work of writer Mike Curtis and artist Joe Staton. The famous tec has faced off against a motley rogue's gallery, battling baddies like Flattop Jones, Big Boy, Pruneface and the Mole. 

Now, at last, nine decades later, Dick Tracy is teaming up with another classic Chicago-born character — our very own Svengoolie. It's about time. The rubber chickens are the same color as Tracy's trenchcoat. It's a perfect match.

In today's Dick Tracy, April 13, the ultimate horror host made his funny pages debut. Svengoolie appears, naturally, as a "celebrity guest judge and emcee for the cosplay contest." 

Stay tuned to see how the story plays out. Sven is slated to appear in the strip for a couple weeks. Follow the tale at the official Dick Tracy page from the Tribune Content Agency.

Check out Svengoolie's debut below.

Image: Joe Staton and Mike Curtin / Tribune Content Agency

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