Dick Tracy is an American comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a tough and intelligent police detective created by Chester Gould. The strip made its debut on October 14, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1972. Since that time, various artists and writers have continued the strip, which still runs in newspapers today. Dick Tracy has also been the hero in a number of films, notably one in which Warren Beatty played the crime fighter in 1990. Writer Tom De Haven praised Gould’s Dick Tracy as a “A weird, demented, and (no kidding) outrageously funny American Gothic“, while comics historian Brian Walker described Dick Tracy as a “ghoulishly entertaining creation” which had “gripping stories filled with violence and pathos”.