This Dick Tracy debuted as a daily strip in the Detroit Mirror on October 4, 1931. This BLB is divided into three titled parts reprinted from the daily strip, November 19 through December 28, 1931, and April 12 through May 24, 1932.
The Dick Tracy radio show had two long runs. The first began on September 30, 1935 on Mutual, a five-times-a-week serial. It then moved to NBC in 1937 and went off the air in 1939. The second began on the Blue Network in 1943 and ended in 1948. Tootsie Rolls was the sponsor. The program would open with a radio code followed by Tracy giving a quick summary of the storyline.