Milestones: May 20, 1985

DIED. Chester Gould, 84, cartoonist who in 1931 created Dick Tracy, the hawk- nosed dean of comic-strip detectives, and chronicled his adventures, syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, until retiring in 1977; in Woodstock, Ill. Gould drew his original inspiration from Prohibition-era gangsterism and the new folk heroes of law enforcement: J. Edgar Hoover's G-men. Gould's wonderfully nasty, physiognomically named villains--Flattop, the Mole, Pruneface, the Brow--never got the better of his snap-brimmed hero.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!