First Appearance:

March 19th, 1997

Real Name:


Known Associates:

Sweet Tooth

Created By:

Mike Kilian &
Dick Locher

Nutsy was the leader of a small gang of criminals that operated in Dick Tracy's city. He had wavy dark hair and a lined face, He often spoke through clenched teeth.

When Nutsy first appeared, he and his gang had a penchant for dressing in 20s-era gangster style clothes, and they drove a similarly vintage-style car.

Nutsy's Good LuckEdit

Nutsy and his associates were not especially bright, and they were arrested following an early-morning attempted bank robbery. Nutsy's girlfriend Rocksie (who had not been arrested) freed the gang from their holding cell using Dick Tracy's new Wrist Geenee, which she had stolen.

Using the Wrist Geenee, Nutsy and his gang committed several successful robberies. At Rocksie's request, they updated their manner of dress to 1990s "gangster rap" style. They also stole a new Cadillac.

Nutsy and his gang decided to eschew traditional bank robbery and instead set out to rob a store that sold safes, reasoning that the safes would be full of money. When they broke into the store, they found all of the display models empty. By the time they finally managed to open the safe in the management office and found some cash, their activities were discovered by Dick Tracy and they were arrested (except Rocksie, who fled).

Escape from JailEdit

Nutsy was sentenced to State Penitentiary (along with his gang member Sweet Tooth), where Rocksie occasionally visited him. On one of these visits, Rocksie made the acquaintance of another criminal, Slugs Magnum, whom she later helped to escape. Rocksie told Nutsy that their relationship was over and she would no longer be visiting him.

Nutsy, consumed by jealousy, managed to escape from prison and sought to win Rocksie back. Through a series of lucky coincidences, Nutsy became involved in several successful crimes which gained him money and notoriety, both of which Rocksie found extremely attractive.

Nutsy and Rocksie left town, and Nutsy provided Rocksie with a luxurious penthouse apartment. Nutsy planned a high-profile art robbery to finance Rocksie's expensive tastes. Unbeknownst to the couple, Slugs had tracked them down, and a shootout took place in the art gallery. Slugs was killed by a ricocheting bullet, and Nutsy (who had been placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list) was arrested. Rocksie went into hiding.


  • Unlike most criminals in the Dick Tracy comic strip, Nutsy's name does not seem to have any connection to his appearance or his modus operandi, as he does not look like a nut or commit nut-themed crimes. One of his underlings, Sweet Tooth, had a fondness for candy, but this is the only potential nut-related aspect of Nutsy's organization that was presented.

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