I find myself watching for continuity (or lack thereof) in comic strips, and there are certainly lots of gaps in Tracy – during Gould’s years as well. But your observation today is kind of over reaching, IMO. After all, this is not a static situation. Ugly Crystal could very reasonably have shifted position the few feet you have observed in the few seconds between yesterday’s last panel and today’s first panel. Plus, the “camera angle” in different, which makes the perspective shift. Won’t you take another look and reconsider?
Do you think they have known each other before, or is this a chance meeting between kids with a common interest? I couldn’t figure that out for sure, from the limited info so far.
Right in the middle of your poem are two lines with a rhyme within the line as well! Also, I meant to mention last week how you “bookended” your poem with a theme in the first and last lines. Cool.
Repeating myself a little bit here, but we are missing a main point within the story; what Tracy has so far would not be nearly enough to arrest anyone. It is the kind of clue that a detective, such as, for example, COLUMBO, would observe. Then he might be morally certain who his suspect was, but he would go on from there to develop a case, or maneuver his suspect into a confession. But arresting a suspect on the strength of where a coat was placed on a hall coat tree? The DA would throw a fit, and the defense attorney would laugh Tracy out of court.
CHRIS SHERLOCK relied on ideas from outside of the story – considering things like how traditional mystery stories have handled similar themes. To be fair, we should only consider things inside the story, to be on a fair level with Tracy.
That does not really follow. My Mother loved the winter; ice skating, cross country skiing, walks in the woods. She would say it was a “lovely winter day”, but she certainly did not go out without a coat!
I enjoyed this artwork quite a lot, but I agree with everyone that this “solution” has more holes that Swiss cheese! The main problem, as others have stated, is that Tracy made his deductions from “facts not in evidence”. How were we supposed to know that Piston Puss wears a fur coat? Also, cause of death was never even mentioned, let alone any search for some sort of weapon. The kind of deduction Tracy made might be useful to tell a detective who to look at further, but it isn’t proof of anything!
Looking at it again, I guess maybe the shadow is of both her neck and her hair, combined together in the silhouette. if that’s the case, I’m sure it’s not significant to our little mystery. I thought i had something there, but probably not!
I just realized there is something I don’t understand about yesterday’s strip. In the last panel, we have the silhouette of each suspect, lined up in the same order as their full view in the preceding panel. The silhouette of each matches perfectly, with the exception of the girl standing next the the “Lurch” character. That silhouette looks nothing like her – the neck is much broader, more like a man’s neck, and the hair doesn’t seem right either. Am I missing something – who is that silhouette supposed to be?
One other: “The Hotel Murders” from early 1936. Chester Gould’s only “who done it” style story.