Dick Locher studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the Art Center of Los Angeles. He assisted Rick Yager on 'Buck Rogers' while in Chicago, and later worked with Chester Gould on the 'Dick Tracy' strip (1957-61). As an advertising artist, he designed some of McDonald's characters. Locher established his reputation as one of the leading editorial cartoonists at the Chicago Tribune, for which he worked since 1973. His cartoons have appeared in magazines like Life, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Playboy and hundreds of newspapers around the world.
Locher was hired to illustrate the 'Dick Tracy', after the death of Rick Fletcher in 1983. Locher was assisted by his son John, who died in 1986. Locher worked with writers Max Allan Comics and and Mike Kilian until assuming writing duties himself in 2005. He got art assistance from 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.