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Dick Locher

Dick Locher
Born Richard Earl Locher
(1929-06-04) June 4, 1929
Dubuque, Iowa
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Dick Tracy
Awards Pulitzer Prize, Editorial Cartooning (1983)

Richard Earl "Dick" Locher (born June 4, 1929) is an American syndicated cartoonist.

Early life and career

Locher was born in Dubuque, Iowa. After high school, he began studying art at the University of Iowa and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. While in Chicago, he became an assistant to Rick Yager, who was drawing Buck Rogers at the time. However, he left the job after few months to enlist in the Air Force, where he became a test pilot. While at the Air Force, he began freelancing for the Stars and Stripes.

In 1957, he began assisting Chester Gould on Dick Tracy,[1] where he inked the figures and colored the Sunday strips. He also contributed to a story that was cited in Gould's 1959 Reuben award. He left the strip in 1961 to work on other areas, including starting an advertising company, where he worked on designing some of McDonald's characters.

Locher kept in touch with Chester Gould even after leaving the strip. In 1973, an editorial cartoonist position at Chicago Tribune opened up and Gould recommended Locher to take the position. Despite having no experience in editorial cartooning, the Tribune hired Locher. Locher retired May 1, 2013.[2]

Locher, working with his son John,[3] returned to work on Dick Tracy in 1983,[1] when its previous cartoonist, Rick Fletcher, died. That same year, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.[4] In 2009 Jim Brozman took over the drawing of Dick Tracy; however Locher continued to write the storyline and contributed sketches.[5] In 2011, Locher retired from Dick Tracy and handed the reins to the new creative team of Mike Curtis and Joe Staton. Locher's last Dick Tracy strip was published Sunday, March 13, 2011.

In 2006, Locher was inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma by Michael Vance. The Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, created by Vance, is located in the Toy and Action Figure Museum.[6]

In 2013, Locher helped design and make a 9.5-foot bronze statue of Naperville's founding father Capt. Joseph Naper[7]

Personal life

Locher currently lives in Naperville, Illinois[1] with his wife, Mary.

The new Land of Lincoln Trophy designed by Dick Locher goes to the winner of the Northwestern-Illinois college football game.[8]


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Preceded by
Rick Fletcher
Dick Tracy artist
Succeeded by
Himself (pencils) and Jim Brozman (inks)
Preceded by
Dick Tracy artist (pencils, with Jim Brozman inking)
Succeeded by
Joe Staton
Preceded by
Mike Kilian
Dick Tracy writer
Succeeded by
Mike Curtis
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