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Looking Back at the 1990 Dick Tracy Playmates Toy Line

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

On October 14, 1931, the crime fighter Dick Tracy made his comic strip debut in the Detroit Mirror. Dick Tracy would entertain children and adults alike throughout the years and appear in comic strips and several shorts, serials, and long-form films throughout the 30’s, the ’40s, and ’50s. By the ’60s and ’70s however, the Dick Tracy character had begun to lose his appeal and mostly disappeared.



In the early 1980s, Universal Pictures began development of a Dick Tracy feature length film. Universal courted actor and lifelong Dick Tracy fan Warren Beatty for the titular role. It’s fun to consider the possibilities knowing that Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, and Harrison Ford were also under consideration. The film was shelved by Universal for several reasons, chief among them producer Walter Hill wanted to create a dark and violent version while Beatty wanted to present a colorful real-life version of the 1930’s comic he remembered from childhood. Once the movie was called off, Beatty himself acquired the rights to the character from Tribune Media Services for $3 million in hopes to bring the beloved good guy to the big screen with his vision of a real-life comic book movie.