Board game:Dick Tracy: The Master Detective Game

Selchow & Righter Co.1961

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

Containing a rich history dating back to ancient times, board games delight children and adults alike with their playful nature. Though these games come in a wide variety of topics and themes, many games connect with the culture of their times. Wealth accumulation games reflect the growth of a consumer society, war games re-create familiar battles, and educational games prepare children for school and work. Popular television shows, films, books and other entertainment media also find their way into board games, allowing players to actively participate in their favorite fictional worlds.

This board game is based on the American comic strip series "Dick Tracy," a police detective created by Chester Gould in 1931. The comic spawned various television shows, both live-action and animated, as well as several feature films. Taking place in 1930s Chicago, the series follows Tracy in his struggles to solve criminal cases and catch the perpetrators. The early comic strips were known for displaying a higher level of violence than the norm, as well as for using advanced technology and scientific evidence in the stories. This board game simulates the series by asking players to solve crimes, capture villains and recover stolen objects.


  • Title: Board game:Dick Tracy: The Master Detective Game
  • Creator: Selchow & Righter Co.
  • Date Created: 1961
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: Dick Tracy, comic, detective
  • Type: Board Games
  • Rights: Chicago Tribune
  • Medium: printed paper, printed cardboard
  • Object ID: 112.2101
  • Artist: Chester Gould

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