Bookie Joe
Bookie Joe

First Appearance:

May 24th, 1935

Real Name:


Known Associates:

Mark Masters (deceased)
Toby Patton

Appearance of Death:

July 31st, 1935

Created By:

Chester Gould

Can Be Found:

The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 3

Bookie Joe ran the gambling syndicate of the city with his partner Blake.

Character BiographyEdit

When one of Joe's customers, Mark Masters, became desperate for money, he shot Joe and took his cash. Toby Townley, Mark's girlfriend, stayed behind and took Joe to the hospital where he recuperated.

He managed to escape the hospital before Dick Tracy got there and he had his man Blake kill Mark. Tracy cracked down on Joe's gambling outfits and in return, Joe had Blake kidnap Tess Trueheart. Joe, Blake and Tess ended up in the Fairground stables surrounded by the police.

Toby was sent in as a negotiator, but before anything could be accomplished, Blake broke an oil lamp, setting the stables on fire. Toby and Blake escaped and were taken into custody, but Joe fell through the stable floor and became tangled in a horse harness. It is unclear if he burned to death or was strangled by the harness.