State of the Dick Tracy World
I’m finally ready to start what I hope will be a weekly report on what we are in the current story. As of today, we are more or less at the end of the Three Detectives/X-Ray Specs story. We are promised a short wedding sequence next but it has already been woven into the current story, so I’m going to consider it part of this story. I’ll give an overall impression of the storyline after we get through the wedding, but I think all the characters are now in place, so I’ll mention the character list now.
Since this storyline began, 82 characters have been referenced in some way (even including Al Capone and Steve Martin). We are on day 101, so that’s almost a character a day. I won’t mention my rules for what is a character. That will be available on my web site when I get it written out. Although it might be an excessive characters for this number of days, I’m not sure that it is. I think the problem might be that the characters don’t get many chances to do anything without the reader having to accommodate yet another new character who is appearing for the first time in this storyline. More about that in a future update.
Based on the number of days they had something to say, and the number of days they were referenced, the main characters in this story have been Specs and Spicy on the “bad guys” side and Tracy, Wunbrow, and Ivanov on the “good guys” side. This comes as no big surprise, though we might have wondered at times if this story was about Kiko, DJ, Diet Smith, or even the Ace of Spades. Here is the complete cast of characters referenced, with the number of days they had something to say and the number of days they were referenced in some way but didn’t have dialog:
40/60 Dick Tracy32/46 X-Ray Specs19/36 Spicy Condiment15/37 Porfiry Ivanov15/36 Francisco Wunbrow10/15 Kiko9/12 Diet Smith8/9 Mendoza6/12 DJ (Dishonest John)5/7 Pat Patton4/6 Ace of Spades4/6 Sam Catchem4/6 John L. Springstein4/4 Mr. Bribery4/4 Double E. (Ernie)4/4 Notta Fallar3/4 Bronson Canyon3/4 Blaze Rize3/3 Unnamed migraine researcher3/3 Cole3/3 Jerry King3/3 Toad2/3 Esteban2/2 Unnamed Apparatus member 32/2 Queen of Spades (Queenie)2/2 Dethany Dendrobia2/2 Boss of Porfiry Ivanov2/2 Ygor Glitch2/2 Alberto2/2 Sr. Zapato2/2 Unnamed safecracker2/2 Louis (Mole)2/2 Sr. Melendez1/3 Lizz1/2 Unnamed Apparatus member 21/2 Bea Thorndike1/2 Bogart the Roach1/1 Unnamed customs agent1/1 Jim Trailer1/1 Unnamed Apparatus member 11/1 Bonnie Tracy1/1 Ms. Steffihawk1/1 Norton1/1 Ralphie1/1 Unnamed man at recording studio1/1 B.O. Plenty1/1 Justin1/1 Unnamed shell game operator1/1 Junior Tracy1/1 Honeymoon Tracy1/1 Vista Bill (VB)1/1 Blowhard (VB)1/1 Unnamed Cuban gang member1/1 Unnamed casino waiter1/1 Unnamed casino tourist1/1 Rose (Toad’s mom)
Characters who appeared or were mentioned but didn’t have dialog:0/2 Purdy Fallar0/1 Comet (VB)0/4 Little Gorilla0/3 Ferdinand0/2 Chicory0/2 The Dropper0/1 Nero Wolfe0/1 Wendy Wichel0/1 Mayor Armstrong0/1 B-B Eyes0/1 Jacques0/1 Debby Thorndike0/1 Holbrook0/1 Abner Kadaver0/1 Rikki Mortis0/1 Grandmother of X-Ray Specs0/1 Xavier Ramon Esterar (grandfather)0/1 Matty Squared0/1 Flattop0/1 Moon Maid (Mysta Tracy)0/1 Mysta Chimera0/1 George Chin Chillar0/1 Lupita (VB)0/1 Senator Brown (VB)0/1 Al Capone0/1 Steve Martin