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 Rick Fletcher

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Rick Fletcher

  • Birth 1 Jun 1916 Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 16 Mar 1983 Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot N - 727
  • Memorial ID 24431783

Cartoonist. Real name Richard Eugene Fletcher. He is best known as the artist who drew the Dick Tracy comic strip after the retirement of Chester Gould, the character's original creator. A former Captain in the United States Marines during World War II, Fletcher began his career as an artist during the war, by drawing color promotional pieces to encourage people to give to the Red Cross and conserve paper. After his military service he got a job as an artist in the advertising department of the Chicago Tribune. In 1961, he eventually became an assistant to Chester Gould and helped to draw backgrounds for "Dick Tracy" until Gould retired. In 1977, Gould handed over the comic to Fletcher and he drew it for the next six years. As an artist, Fletcher often wanted to portray realism in "Dick Tracy" and he would often contact real police departments so he could get use of police details in portraying police in the comic strip. Fletcher passed away from cancer in 1983 in Woodstock, Illinois, and the comic strip was then passed onto Max Collins who had written it alongside Fletcher since 1977.


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  • Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 6 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24431783
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rick Fletcher (1 Jun 1916–16 Mar 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24431783, citing Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough "K" (contributor 46537737) .