Mike Curtis, Dick Tracy writer, has written comics for 30 years, beginning at Harvey Comics, which once published Dick Tracy. While at Harvey, he wrote Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost comics, as well as several screenplays for Casper TV series and specials.
For the past 20 years, he has been busy self-publishing his own comic book, Shanda the Panda.
Curtis is also the only former law enforcement officer to write the strip, having been a deputy sheriff in Orleans Parish, La. Curtis is a comic historian, as well, and one of the nation's largest collectors of Superman memorabilia.