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  1. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 4 hours ago

    “1. Where is Mr. Bigg’s ring?”

    No telling. We only saw Mr. B’s ring one time, and since it’s virtually identical to the ring we’ve seen on Venus, perhaps the only purpose of Mr. B wearing it was to signal us, the readers, that he is connected to Venus and the Blackhearts.

  2. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 4 hours ago

    Great job, Pequod77 and avenger09. Thanks for entertaining us with your work! By the way, avenger09, what is the context of your rhyme? It doesn’t seem to correlate to anything going on in the story — unless I’m just missing it all.

  3. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 6 hours ago

  4. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 6 hours ago

    “Willy !
    Thanks for the Painted Lady reprint and so nicely sized. If this were a Staton original I bet the detail would be fantastic !”


    You’re welcome, my man!

  5. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 6 hours ago

    “If you don’t mind my asking, about how old were you at the time?”

    I was all of twelve years old when Painted Lady died. Oy, was that a disappointment. There was something about the Tracy women of the late 1960s through the end of Gould’s run that grabbed my emotions and wouldn’t let go. Many of them were five-alarm sexy (Moon Maid, Lizz, Pollyanna, Zelda, Mrs. Chin Chillar, Molene, etc.), but it was more than that. Gould had a way of hooking his readers on his characters, and once that was done, it guaranteed they’d keep coming back for more.

  6. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 6 hours ago

    “Thanks to both you and Pequod77 for the Painted Lady pics. :)”

    You’re welcome! I enjoy putting together collages like that, and I have access to most of Dick Tracy’s history, so if you ever have a question about a particular story or character, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

  7. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 6 hours ago

    “Nice to know that Mike still reads the posts here from time to time.”

    Mike has posted elsewhere, even recently, that he reads the comments here every day. He’s also mentioned the rhymes and how he reads them daily.

    What’s posted here is definitely getting through to Team Tracy. :)

  8. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 13 hours ago

    But it was the Tracy of my teenage years and I couldn’t wait to get the paper every day to read the latest episode. The shock at Painted Lady’s sudden death was not the first time this strip has stunned or surprised me. Perhaps that’s why I keep reading."

    Ray, you’re also welcome. I had a similar experience, looking forward to the paper each day to read the latest installment. The 60s and 70s really were a wild and wacky and wonderful time for Dick Tracy. All the great memories I have of that period help fuel my continuing interest in the strip.

  9. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 13 hours ago

    Pequod77, you’re welcome! Everyone I’ve met who remembers Painted Lady seems to have had the same experience of being shocked by her death. I can now add you and Charlie to my mental list. :)

    Thanks for posting the death scenes that I originally hated so much. I mean really hated. After Painted Lady’s demise, it honestly felt like I was in mourning for a few days. Do you know I almost included some scenes of her death in the above list, but even after all these years, it was hard to look at them? I’m constantly amazed at how emotionally affecting these Dick Tracy characters can be.

    And Charlie, thanks for the kind words! I agree that PL’s studio was wonderful. Something very lush and seductive about all of it — the revealing costume, the elegant boudoir, the body paint, the brushes, the wigs, the pool, the martini glasses, dishy Lizz, and so on. Painted Lady was a great character, and I wish her story hadn’t ended so abruptly.

  10. Willy007 commented on Dick Tracy about 14 hours ago

    “Thanks for showing us the 1-4-2013 strip. I had forgotten how Joe used the positioning of the monitor and Tracy’s shoulder to combine and form the “Bat-shadow” on the wall behind him! That famous shape used to appear on walls behind Batman when he would appear on the scene in old 40s and 50s era comics. Nice touch, since the whole point of that day’s strip was to imply that Tracy’s world had brushed up against Batman’s world.”

    You’re welcome, Ken. I liked that Golden Age touch, too! The Bat-shadow was very cool indeed. You’ve also summed up nicely the point I’ve been trying to make, that the idea of a Batman crossover is not necessarily impossible because we’ve already had one.