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  1. about 4 hours ago on Dick Tracy

    I’ve noticed that too. I don’t care how “advanced” the technology is supposed to be – the conservation of breathable air would still be a priority in any contraption designed to go into outer space. Yet Diet Smith was almost always shown puffing away while in his Space Coupe, and here we have the Moon Governor, who disdained most of what he found on Earth, also filling his lungs with poison. Yes, a truly brilliant operation, indeed.

  2. about 4 hours ago on Dick Tracy

    Well, well – a quote from “The White Album”!

    John Lennon seemed to be commenting on the same thing that Bob Newhart realized, in this classic routine:


  3. 2 days ago on Baldo

    I thought so at first reading too – BUT – look closely – she says “off” not “of”.

  4. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Yes, I wholeheartedly agree!

  5. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I was in Japan in 1971-72. We had an opportunity to tour the Asahi Pentax factory. It was highly automated (by 70s standards) and clean – more like a laboratory than a typical factory. We saw the machine that produced the lens caps with the proper markings. The ones that said “Asahi Pentax” were sold in Japan and in Europe – the Spotmatic was $125. American dollars at the time. If a camera had a lens cap that said “Honeywell Pentax”, it cost more than $300. Same camera, only the lens cap was different. Honeywell had the exclusive importing rights at the time. I bought a Spotmatic 35mm SLR. Used it with great results until the film advancing mechanism failed in the late 70s. I was home by then, and the only dealer qualified to fix them was in New York. After it failed the second time, I kind of gave up on it.

  6. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I have said that my favorite period of Gould’s work is mid 40s thru late 50s, which still holds true, for reasons of storytelling and art. But I must admit that Gould did play a little fast and loose with legal requirements for searches, etc. He had Tracy and Pat use a wire-type devise to unlock a basement window in Gargles’ house, with detailed drawings of how to do it! As late as 1957, when certainly the public would have been keenly aware of search warrant laws, etc., Tracy sneaked into Elsa Crystal’s basement because he wanted to know why her house was using an unusual amount of electricity. Of course, Gargles was running a bootleg mouthwash racket in his basement, and Elsa had a walk-in freezer where she was storing her late husband’s body, so neither one was exactly innocent, but in real life that stuff is certainly frowned upon by the courts.

    I’ve been watching re-runs of NYPD Blue, and I notice that they do make a point of talking about asking their ADA for search warrants, or discussing with the ADA if they have a strong enough case – sometimes they are told that, while the ADA believes a suspect is guilty, the cops need more evidence before the DA’s office will risk going to trial. In Dick Tracy it is very rare to see the trial aspect of a case, although I remember that it was touched upon very briefly when Pouch was arrested in the early 70s.

  7. 4 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Sundays’ strips do look noticeably different. Those in the know have told us that it it the same artist (Joe) but that on Sunday he inks his own pencils, whereas during the week, Shelley handles the inking, and uses a different technique. I would enjoy seeing Shelley ink the Sundays, because combined with the Sunday colors, that would look very cool.

  8. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Also, when Honeymoon told Tracy her suspicions, we can guess that Tracy did some research, off panel, to find out about phonautograms; what they are and more importantly, what they are not. Then he would have been armed with the proper knowledge when he went to talk to Bea.

  9. 6 days ago on Dick Tracy


    a thug like Ox with a Gouldian turtle neck

    I don’t get the connection between Chester Gould and turtle neck sweaters. What am I missing there?

  10. 7 days ago on Dick Tracy

    In Gould’s original tale, she was the widow of a heating contractor. We never knew him, but she talked a little about the knowledge she had gained by being married to him. She was depicted right from the start as being “high society” so either her husband did very well in his business or she inherited money, perhaps. It was never specified.