Born in Burlington, Iowa, Rick Fletcher joined the art staff of the Chicago Tribune in 1946, after having served with the 83rd Infantery Division during World War II. He learned the comics profession from Carey Orr and began his own syndicated color feature in 1953, called 'The Old Glory Story'. From 1963, he assisted Chester Gould on 'Dick Tracy'. In 1977, he took over the the strip completely together with scriptwriter Max Allen Collins. He continued it until his death in 1983, and was succeeded by Dick Locher.
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