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Dick Tracy is an American comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a tough and intelligent police detective created by Chester Gould. The strip made its debut on October 4, 1931 in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977. Since that time, various artists and writers have continued the strip, which still runs in newspapers today. Dick Tracy has also been the hero in a number of films, notably one in which Warren Beatty played the crime fighter in 1990.
The connection to Annie
After 86 years, the "Little Orphan Annie" newspaper comics strip was cancelled in June 2010, in a situation that did not provide much resolution to the ongoing plot.
After that, the strip continuity was next revisited in 2013, when some of the main characters made cameos in Dick Tracy's still ongoing strip.
That led to a storyline in Dick Tracy's strip, running from from June to October 2014, which took over the plot from Annie's last strip and concluded it.
Annie again visited Dick Tracy, visiting his granddaughter Honeymoon Tracy, starting June 6, 2015. This arc concluded Sept. 26 2015 with Dick Tracy sending the girls home from a crime scene to keep them out of the news.
A third plotline brought the Annie characters back to Dick Tracy's strip in mid-2019.