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Dick Tracy by Dick Locher and Donald L. Reed
9-foot tall bronze sculpture of Dick Tracy. Dick Locher, who succeeded Chester Gould in drawing the Dick Tracy comic strip and became a Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist at the Tribune, has been a Naperville resident for almost 1/2 century.

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Title: Dick Tracy

Artist: Dick Locher and Donald L. Reed

Location: Water St. on the Riverwalk

Medium: Sculpture

Installation Date: 2010

Description: 9-foot tall bronze sculpture of Dick Tracy. Dick Locher, who succeeded Chester Gould in drawing the Dick Tracy comic strip and became a Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist at the Tribune, has been a Naperville resident for almost 1/2 century.

Plaque Text: Born in the tommy-gun smoke of the likes of FlatTop, BigBoy and PruneFace, the comic character, Dick Tracy, has pursued dastardly criminal minds across newspaper pages since October 4, 1931. This first police detective in the comic strips has become a renowned crime fighter appearing worldwide in movies, tv, radio and on the internet. Dick Tracy was the brainchild of Chester Gould (1900-1985), and has been syndicated by the Chicago Tribune to this day. He roared off of Gould's drawing board for 46 years to achieve the status of one of America's most recognizable icons making "Crimestoppers" a household name. Tracy, along with his innovative 2-way wrist radio, personifies law enforcement. Longtime Naperville resident Dick Locher became illustrator of the Tracy strip in 1983 and eventually became author as well. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and created this bronze tribute to the yellow-coated crusader for Justice.

 

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