Dick Tracy original sketch, signed by Chester Gould

Autographs, Comic Strips, Flashbacks, Original Comic Art

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Calling Dick Tracy! In 1969, a┬áninth-grader in Jennings, Missouri, sends a fan letter to Chester Gould, Tracy‘s creator, and a week later, opens the mail to find this personalized sketch and note! The delighted recipient (one “Walt Jaschek,” seemingly) immediately alerts his friends via Two-Way Wrist Radio. Okay, that┬ápart’s not true. But the masterful, ink-on-bristol sketch (about 4″ x 10″) holds an honored place in my office still today.

One lesson, as I see it. If you like somebody’s work…

Write a nice letter!