Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Dick Tracy

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  1. Pequod

    Pequod GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    Rikki vs. Pat!
    Mortis and Patton engaged.
    Rikki has her blood up
    So violently enraged.

    “Tis not to be,” says Bribery. “No yield in such bloodshed”
    Matty sets off “TNT.” Rikki Mortis nearly dead.
    Leaping from the Vampire Car in just the nick of time
    Only to be cuffed by Pat. No profit in her crime.

    Farewell, Rikki Mortis. Your beauty just skin deep
    Thought that you were living large. Kadaver just a creep.
    Here’s to the conquering hero. First bust since making Chief.
    Rikki Mortis secured in jail to everyone’s relief.

    Elsewhere, look to see a man who’s looking at himself
    Mirrored glass is everywhere: each wall and every shelf.
    Narcissistic to the core, one more selfie he does shoot
    In cahoots with Bellowthon to grab up ill got loot.

  2. ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯

    ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯ GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    @Pequod

    Nice summary Pequod! And set to poetry!

  3. ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯

    ✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯ GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    .
    Good morning guys!

  4. AnyFace

    AnyFace said, about 23 hours ago

    On to new business …

    “Selfie” is definitely a name Gould might have employed in this brave new 21st Century World.

    More ‘Flattop’ DNA being distributed …?

  5. Ray Toler

    Ray Toler said, about 23 hours ago

    @Pequod

    You are the Prince of Rhyme. Good job again.

  6. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    @Pequod

    A nice tome
    of a pome,
    for the meek
    by the Peeq !

  7. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 22 hours ago

    @✯✯ Vista Bill Raley and Comet ✯✯

    This guy is here, but not for long as the sleepeez are pulling at me.



    Good morning, Wild Bill and rip snortin’ Comet !

  8. JonahHex

    JonahHex said, about 22 hours ago

    Should be interesting finding out what sort of white color political crimes those two are in to……

  9. Neil Wick

    Neil Wick said, about 22 hours ago

    Good morning all. Looks like an election year theme for the new story. Narcissistic “Selfy” sure does have a lot of mirrors (and self-portraits, of course). Could this be a crooked politician or something more?

    (Still trying to catch up on my blog. I’ll update whenever I have something.)

  10. Ashmael

    Ashmael said, about 22 hours ago

    Gould would have liked"Selfy"! Am I wrong or he’s a cousin of Flattop?

  11. Ashmael

    Ashmael said, about 22 hours ago

    Have a nice sunday you all!

  12. boboscar

    boboscar said, about 22 hours ago

    With the end of the previous story, here are my notes of the stories you can find on the GoComics archive. My notes are fairly simple. Just my name for the story (usually the name of the main villain or villains, unless they just aren’t the emphasis) followed by the dates the story began and ended. If someone was the main villain for more than one story, I add a “II” and so on to emphasize this. If more than one villain from a past story are in the same story committing major crimes, I include them altogether. Finally, for the two cases of more than one villain with the same name (Chameleon, Mr. Crime) I add, “The Second” in front of their names.

    I’ll be doing three posts on this, one for each writer. At the start of the GoComics archive, the writer was the late Mike Kilian. Personally, I like his work on Tracy and think he’s very underrated. At the very least, he knew how to tell a story in the daily strip format where every day, something happens that moves the story along, a quality his successor sorely lacked. I recommend anyone here who hasn’t read these stories to check them out.

    2001

    The Airplane Murder Mystery (March 29-June 20)

    The earliest strip on GoComics is Sunday, April 8, 2001. GC then skips a week to the next Sunday, April 15, then skips the next couple of days to Wednesday, April 18. Sadly, this means GC doesn’t have every strip from this first story. Happily, GC has every strip from Tracy from 4/18/01 to the present.

    The Mistress of Death (June 21-September 13)

    Snails (September 14-December 5)

    A Detective, 2 Gunmen, and a Kitty (December 6, 2001-January 13,
    2002)

    G. R. Eed (January 14-February 24)

    Pinhead (February 25-April 26)

    Percy Brillig (April 27-June 27)

    Heartless Mahoney II (June 28-August 23)

    Hawk (August 24-October 16)

    The Abduction of Tracy’s Granddaughter (October 17-December 15)

    I believe this is where Junior and Sparkle’s daughter (initially named Sparkle Plenty Junior) was renamed Jewel.

    The Second Chameleon (December 16, 2002-February 7,
    2003)

    The Revenge of Hard Case Harry? (February 8-May 3)

    Hard Case Harry was a bitter ex-con who served time for a crime he didn’t commit. In an earlier story, he initially sought revenge on Tracy, but got a chance to reform. Here, he and a family go missing, and Tracy’s left to wonder if he’s decided to become a criminal after all. This leads to reprinting the entire original Hard Case Harry story that ran from December 13, 1993-January 23, 1994, before this second HCH case is solved.

    Hawk II (May 4-July 2)

    The Filligree Murder Case (July 3-September 22)

    Dr. Beau Tox, Heartless, Mahoney, Prune Hilda, Dab Stract, & No Face (September 29-December 18)

    All of the above villains were recurring villains except for Dr. Tox, the main villain. By the end, Prune Hilda is killed, Mahoney and Stract testify against Tox in exchange for freedom, but despite their testimony, Tox is acquitted. So Tox, Mahoney, and Stract were all legally freed (and Locher later confirmed that Stract reformed). No Face, as always, escaped without getting caught, and is still at large. ARGH!

    Sal Monella II (December 19, 2003-March 10,
    2004)

    Mousse (March 11-May 30)

    Piggy Bank VI (May 31-August 27)

    Yes, this was Piggy Bank’s sixth story as a main villain. And he escapes and remains at large. ARGH!

    Flunke (August 28-December 22)

    Airport Sabotage (December 23,2004-March 14,
    2005)

    The Manipulation of Moonrock (March 15-May 27)

    Dick Tracy in the Southwest (May 28-August 11)

    Cellphone (August 12-November 3)

    This is the last story Kilian lived to complete.

    Oily II (November 4, 2005-March 22,
    2006)

    Oily was a villain who debuted in a pre-2001 Kilian story. Sadly, Kilian died in late 2005. The last Sunday strip with his signature on it was January 15, 2006. The last Daily strip with his signature on it was over a week earlier on January 7. Up to that point the story had been moving along at Kilian’s usual brisk pace. He’d even had the story largely wrapped up. Too bad his successor, Kilian’s friend and longtime Tracy artist Dick Locher, stretched out the ending for over two months, that feel like over two months just reading it. A sad omen of things to come.

    Coming up: Locher’s abysmal run as writer.

  13. boboscar

    boboscar said, about 22 hours ago

    And now, here’s my coverage of Dick Locher’s run as writer. In fairness to Locher, he’d been a good, regular artist for decades. And stepping in at the crisis of Mike Kilian’s unexpected death probably saved the strip and kept it afloat. And earlier, when Max Allan Collins left, Locher wrote and drew one story before Kilian stepped in (which sadly, isn’t on here) that’s actually pretty good. That said, his writing here from 2006 to 2011 is Bad. Really, really Bad. Excruciatingly Bad. I list the stories here, where you can find them, but I really wouldn’t recommend reading them. Although halfway through, the experience starts to become worthwhile on this site, but not for anything Locher is doing (at least not intentionally).

    2006

    Al Kinda (March 23-August 24)

    Dr. Figment Froid (August 25, 2006-January 21,
    2007)

    Queenie (January 22-May 19)

    The Brainwashed Baron (May 20-October 14)

    The Haunted House (October 15, 2007-January 22,
    2008)

    Cole Lector (January 23-May 15)

    Baskerville & Shirl Locke (May 16-August 27)

    And this is where it (sorta) becomes worthwhile. When Tracy first found the Internet, TMS published its own Tracy website, complete with a forum. In early August, 2008, the site and forum were completely shut down. Which is when GoComics took off. On August 3, fans began to post here, and with nothing good going on in the strip, the fans resumed what they’d done on the old forum, mocking and making fun of just how awful the strip had become. If you like Riff Trax and its predecessor, Mystery Science Theater 3000, you might get a kick out of these comments, many of which are clever, witty, even hilarious at times.

    There’s one caveat however. There were a couple of ugly flame wars started here by Locher’s friend and supporter, the other Matty, Matthew P. Hansel. He would rudely insult anyone who didn’t appreciate Locher’s “genius”, namely just about everyone else posting. It got so bad several times, that the GoComics administrator would have to step in and put a halt to it. Eventually all of Matty’s posts would be deleted, which was no big loss, but several fun commentators would get deleted, too, which was a big loss. Going over these old comments now, while still often amusing, can be a bit odd, because the remaining posts include reactions to comments that are no longer there.

    Be that as it may, there’s some entertainment value in the comments section of the following strips, even if there’s none in the strips themselves.

    Braces (August 28-December 10)

    Angelorious (December 11, 2008-March 2,
    2009)

    Big Ace & One-Eyed Jack (March 3-July 10)

    Murder at the Circus (July 11-November 24)

    The Maestro and His Son (November 25, 2009-April 6,
    2010)

    Johnny Nothing (April 7-July 21)

    D’Buckworth (July 22-November 13)

    Dr. Mordred (November 14, 2010-March 13,
    2011)

    And after five years of darkness, there was light.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 22 hours ago

    @Pequod

    The dance of the marionettes here today, characters on that stage to come to go or stay.
    Enjoyed your explained play-by-play.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 22 hours ago

    @AnyFace

    Flattop is also a hairstyle no DNA required.

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