Archie's DICK TRACY Reboot Killed Over Licensing SNAFU

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Credit: Thomas Pitilli (Archie Comics)
Credit: Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)

Archie Comics' planned Dick Tracy reboot has been cancelled following the franchise's licensor, Tribune Content Agency, discovering that the comic book rights had already been issued to an unnamed third party. In a tweet from the company's official account (which has since been deleted), Tribune apologized for the error.

“Due to an unfortunate error on our part, Tribune is sad to announce that there will not be a Dick Tracy comic book series from Archie Comics," Tribune tweeted. "While we had high hopes for the book and Archie Comics negotiated the deal in good faith and is not at fault, we discovered a preexisting licensing deal that precludes us from continuing with this project. We apologize to Archie Comics, the very talented creators and their many fans."

Archie's Dick Tracy was scheduled to launch April 11 as an ongoing title.

"So, this is not-great news. Michael Moreci, Thomas Pitilli, and I were very much looking forward to creating this comic for you guys," co-writer/Archie VP Alex Segura tweeted. "But due to a mistake on the licensor's part, we won't be able to make that happen. To say we're bummed is a huge, huge understatement."

"Well, this is news I've been very sad to share for awhile now," Moreci tweeted. "But, sometimes things don't work out, and this is one of those times. Alex Segura, Thomas Pitilli, and I were so excited about making a Dick Tracy comic, but it wasn't meant to be."

The last original Dick Tracy comic book was Disney's three-issue series by Kyle Baker coinciding with the 1990 Warren Beaty film. In 2010, Brian Michael Bendis said that he and Michael Avon Oeming were working on a Dick Tracy comic book but it was killed by Warren Beatty, who retains unspecified rights to the franchise.

The Dick Tracy comic strip serial runs daily in newspapers and online, by artist Joe Staton and writer Mike Curtis. IDW Publishing has published reprints of older Dick Tracy strips in recent years.

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