Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Dick Tracy

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  1. Pequod

    Pequod GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Mysta is famished, no nourishment taken
    On her high speed escape, alone and forsaken.
    Now incognito, red hood on her head
    Checked shirt and tight denim her wardrobe instead
    Of thigh high boots and a necklace of pearl
    Her alias Mindy, country life gets a whirl.
    Even the milk cows chew cud a bit faster
    Know nothing of Pressure, yet sense a disaster.
    Farmer Wheaton is tired right down to his bones
    But Fracking is no way to pay off the loans.
    Nellie looks out for her second new friend
    Advice with the spare clothes she’s happy to lend:
    Blow your own horn, lest you’re knocked on your fanny
    She’s quoting the classic, Little Orphan Annie.

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Hm-mm, she still wants to get back with Junior…

  3. 60sFan

    60sFan said, over 3 years ago

    Great poem, Pequod.
    That third panel is a hoot!

  4. ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯

    ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯ said, over 3 years ago


    Very good, Pequod77! That made staying up late worthwhile!

  5. ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯

    ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯ said, over 3 years ago

    G’morning everyone…

  6. AtomivDog

    AtomivDog said, over 3 years ago

    When did Nellie meet Annie Warbucks?

  7. Willy007

    Willy007 said, over 3 years ago

    Great Annie reference! I like how Nellie’s giving Mysta a piece of her mind, though Pappy looks a little irritated.

  8. Willy007

    Willy007 said, over 3 years ago

    Yesterday, Sweet Betty said, “I seem to recall MM dressing in more earth-like clothing over her years as Junior’s wife. I know there are those here who have this info at their fingertips; can you clear this up?”

    This is partly in answer to Sweet Betty’s question, partly to address some other questions about Moon Maid’s clothes, and partly for the sake of those who haven’t seen these files before. For those who have seen them, I’ve updated them with new scenes.

    We had a discussion about Mysta’s attire a few months ago, and similar questions were raised about why she hasn’t been wearing Earth clothes, and whether Staton’s portrayal is an accurate representation of her legacy. I proceeded to do some research, skimming through the years Moon Maid was a regular or semiregular in the strip (1963-1973). I culled out panels that were representative of her overall appearance during each of those years. (There was nothing for 1971, however).

    As you will see in the graphic linked below, Mysta’s moon costume did evolve somewhat over the years (the pics are listed chronologically). On the other hand, the basic look Gould gave her when she was first introduced in 1964 never really went away. Most of the changes that took place during the Space Era were variations on a theme, as Ray Toler has pointed out. Apart from the brief appearance of the “minus” skirt during the 1969 Painted Lady/Hy Jacky story (which immediately went away), the only significant change to Moon Maid’s basic moon costume was in 1973, the last year she had a significant role in the strip. I did include a pic of the maternity smock Moon Maid wore when she was expecting Honeymoon.

    Mysta wearing Moon fashions

    In this next file, I’ve included panels showing Mysta in Earth fashions, featuring her wedding gown and the dress she wore on her first date with Junior (both from 1964), a nightgown she wore briefly in 1965, and the black dress she wore on the day she died in 1978.

    Mysta wearing Earth fashions

    The above confirms that Mysta did occasionally wear Earth fashions, but considering she had a 14-year run in the strip, wearing Earth clothes was the relatively rare exception. In fact, after Honeymoon was born in September 1965, Moon Maid was thereafter almost never seen wearing anything except her familiar bustier until 1973. Even when she did wear Earth attire, she tended to accessorize it with moon fashions; e.g., wore her thigh-high boots with her wedding gown and maternity smock, and even the black dress she wore on the day the car exploded was reminiscent of moon attire (bare shoulders and back).

    As you can see in the first graphic, the moon costume Staton has given Mysta is virtually an exact match with the outfit she wore from 1967 through early 1969, nearly two years of the strip (the same years when DT circulation peaked). Whatever people may think of her costume, it is certainly representative of her look during the Space Era and of moon women in general (they all dressed like this). And just as it was typical of Moon Maid to wear moon fashions during the 1960s whether at work or at home or fighting crime, it shouldn’t be considered strange or uncharacteristic that she is constantly wearing them now. It’s her look, the look we constantly saw during her original run, and the look we would surely expect to see in her return. As Tarry Plaguer pointed out on this comments page a few months ago:

    “The Moon Maid everyone is familiar with, is the one dressed in the sexy “Playboy bunny suit”. I am sure that almost all news footage ever taken of her, had her dressed that way. In the public eye, she isn’t Moon Maid unless she looks the part. Sort of like any super hero from any comic that isn’t in costume.”

    Besides answering Sweet Betty’s question, my main intent has been to respond to the complaint that Mysta’s attire is not accurate or typical of what we should expect Moon Maid to be wearing. Based on the evidence, I believe it certainly is. Hopefully the visual evidence I’ve provided will be helpful in resolving the current discussion.

  9. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, over 3 years ago

    quoting an expert

  10. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    No doubt Annie stopped for a few days at this farm too (and saved it from some menace or other, because that’s what Annie does.)

  11. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks for all your research!

  12. blunebottle

    blunebottle said, over 3 years ago


    When did Nellie meet Annie Warbucks?

    …….somewhere between pages C8 & C9……

  13. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 3 years ago

    I’m a little confused here (nothing new, no need to worry).
    Nellie is quoting “Little Orphan Annie,” a well-know work of fiction.
    But Tracy talked to Daddy Warbucks, who was preparing an expiedition to search for you-know-who.
    So – in the Tracyverse, Annie is both a real person AND a fictional character?
    Well, I guess she could be; after all, there was the story with a fictionalized Tracy bio movie.
    Even so, Mike is drilling a few holes in the Fourth Wall, and I’m worried my understanding is starting to leak out.

  14. retropop

    retropop said, over 3 years ago

    I am still wondering if Mysta is a clone or a resurrected Moon Maid after all! Was there a body? Who knows the decomp of a moon person,especially with all that magnetic and electrical energy stored in the body. Grave Robbers from Outerspace!

  15. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 3 years ago

    Nellie reads the classic comic strips! And “Mindy” has come up with a quick cover-story that Wheaton would have checked out if he had any concern for the law. He seems to run his farm as an independent kingdom, he being its benevolent monarch….

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