Although Dick Tracy currently still operates in the syndicated newspaper strip from Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, this actually isn’t the first time a Dick Tracy monthly comic has been inadvertently scrapped due to licensing issues. In the last decade, Tribune has been through several legal battles with actor Warren Beatty—who directed and starred in the 1990 film adaptation—which allegedly lead to a planned series by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Oeming being cancelled.

Whether or not this latest event is due to legal wrangling with Beatty or something else, it’s a bizarre and unfortunate scenario—and while whatever deal is currently in place could potentially lead to Tracy making a return to monthly comics elsewhere, for now, the detective’s grand return has sadly been put on hold.