CHICAGO (March 28, 2014) — Faithful readers who’ve
wondered what happened to Annie Warbucks will learn all the
hair-raising details when two of the greatest adventure comic
strips of all time collide starting June 1 in the daily and
Sunday adventures of “Dick Tracy.”
When last seen on Sunday, June 13, 2010, in the “Annie”
strip's finale, Annie Warbucks was in the clutches of the war
criminal known as “The Butcher of the Balkans” somewhere
in Guatemala. Although this notorious assassin assured
Annie she wouldn’t meet the same gruesome end as his
countless other victims, he warned her she’d never see
Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks again and that for the rest of her
life she’d accompany him on his deadly travels.
That cliffhanger left unanswered the fate of the courageous
young woman whose globe-spanning adventures have
thrilled millions since her Aug. 5, 1924, debut and inspired a
Broadway musical and two motion pictures based on the
show — the most recent set to hit the big screen Christmas
2014. Now, thanks to “Dick Tracy” artist Joe Staton and writer
Mike Curtis, fans won’t need to wonder much longer about
According to Curtis, it turns out that after some time spent
fruitlessly searching the world for his beloved adopted
daughter, Warbucks has decided to enlist the help of the only
man who can rescue Annie: Dick Tracy.
“As a lifelong admirer of Annie, I felt the need to unravel her
disappearance,” says Curtis, who’s helmed “Dick Tracy” with
Staton since March 2011. Curtis’ previous writing credits
include “Richie Rich” and “Casper the Friendly Ghost” for
Dick Tracy joins the search for Annie
“Joe and I have planned Annie’s rescue
for some time, and we’ll deliver action-
packed, over-the-top thrills and chills as
the two features combine their casts for
what we hope will be the most historic
tale in comic strip history,” Curtis says.
Staton says this story arc is a dream come
true for him. “Whether I’m working in the
DC, Marvel or any other universe, it’s
always a privilege to be standing on the
shoulders of so many giants,” he says.
The artist, who’s been drawing comics for many years and has more than 1,000 credits under his belt, is perhaps best
known for his work with the Green Lantern series, for which he created several alien Green Lanterns, including Kilowog,
Salakk and Arisia.
“Dick Tracy” was created by Chester Gould, and “Little Orphan Annie” created by his friend Harold Gray. Both are owned
and trademarked properties of Tribune Content Agency. Fans across the country, as well as the industry, have given the
creative team of Staton and Curtis high marks for having breathed new life into the iconic adventure strip. “Dick Tracy” won
the comics world’s signature Harvey Award in 2013 for Best Syndicated Strip. The strip is produced by artist Staton and
writer Curtis, along with inker Shelley Pleger, colorist Shane Fisher and technical consultant Sgt. Jim Doherty.
For more details, contact:
Mike Curtis, “Dick Tracy” writer
Leigh Hanlon, Associate Editor
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