Dick Locher studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the Art Center of Los Angeles. He established his reputation as one of the leading editorial cartoonists at the Chicago Tribune, where he worked since 1973. His cartoons have appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Playboy and hundreds of newspapers throughout the world.
In 1983, Locher assumed the duty of illustrating the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'. Early on in his career, Locher had assisted Dick Tracy's originator, Chester Gould. Locher was assisted by his son John, who died in 1986. He got assistance from artist Jim Brozman in March 2009 before retiring from the strip in March 2011.
Dick Locher's ability to capture the absurdities of life through political cartooning is known worldwide. His impact as a widely recognized cartoonist and commentator on American life is seen in the numerous awards he has received, including the Pulitzer Prize.