Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chester Gould family donates Dick Tracy collection to Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:
The family of the late Dick Tracy cartoonist Chester Gould has donated a substantial collection of original Dick Tracy comic strips and related materials to The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). Gould wrote and drew Dick Tracy, one of the most popular and successful newspaper comic strips of all time, from 1931 until his retirement in 1977.

Chester Gould’s daughter, Jean Gould O’Connell, along with her son Tracy O’Connell and daughter Sue Sanders, made the decision to gift the Chester Gould Collection to Ohio State. The collection consists of more than 850 original Dick Tracy comic strips along with 64 original Sunday strips. Highlights include the original art for the first 30 days of the strip and Gould’s drawing board on which Dick Tracy was created, written and drawn for 46 years.

Chester Gould’s drawing table and tabaret, on display at the entrance to our Treasures Gallery.

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