Nah Tay

First Appearance:

July 22nd, 1965

Known Relatives:

Unnamed Brother

Known Associates:

Mr. Bribery
Matty Square (Deceased)
Ugly Christine (Deceased)
Miss Deal

Appearance of Death:

February 2nd, 1966

Created By:

Chester Gould

Can Be Found:

The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 22
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 23

Nah Tay was a Native American from Ecuador who worked for Mr. Bribery. He was a large man with long dark hair that he wore in braids.

He operated a seemingly legitimate business where he sold rugs, ponchos and serapes. One of his specialties was shrinking the heads of Bribery's victims.

Character BiographyEdit

Nah Tay was a loyal member of Mr. Bribery's organization for some time. After Bribery's failed attempt to kidnap the infant Honeymoon Tracy, it was Nah Tay who rescued the petrified Bribery and Ugly Christine from freezing to death in the snow.

Nah Tay worshiped "Moon Gods" and as such would not harm Moon Maid or her child. However, he agreed to kill Dick Tracy for Mr. Bribery. Nah Tay engaged in a series of rituals to prepare for the murder, which included sending Dick Tracy a wooden carving of his own head, and planting a similar carving in Tracy's yard. Nah Tay then fashioned a spear out of the collapsible leg of a camera tripod, which he intended to use to kill Tracy.


Another element of Nah Tay's ritual involved taking native potions and drugs intended to make him strong. Much of this turned out to be beer, and Nah Tay became consistently intoxicated. In a drunken stupor, Nah Tay decided not to kill Tracy, believing that he was a good man. He decided to kill Bribery instead. Bribery had planted a listening device in Nah Tay's home, and he heard the native man talking to himself about the change of plans.

Bribery double-crossed Nah Tay by bribing Maay, one of Diet Smith's Space Coupe pilots, to kidnap Nah Tay and eject him from the Space Coupe while in orbit. Nah Tay's body was later recovered by Dick Tracy.

Many years later, it was revealed that Nah Tay had a brother who also become skilled at head shrinking.


  • Nah Tay has sometimes been mis-identified as "Nan Tay" or "Nah Tey".