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  1. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Well, on the basis of the EVIDENCE you present -
    this looks more like the case of the Missing Commanders rather than, the case of the Missing Orphan Annie ? ;- )

    Great story turn - though - the one that needs to be rescued is the one organizing a rescue !

  2. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Yesterday, tsull2121 in his ’ critique ’ of the current DT writing STYLE - observed . . .

    " . . . agree or disagree I don’t really care, but it would be NICE if the stories didn’t jump all over the place and leave other stories hanging.

    Maybe one of these days we’ll get a story that’s allowed to run straight thru, from beginning to end - without “cutaway scenes” that build up to the next story running thru them."

    Perhaps you haven’t read a Tarzan novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs ?

    The first tale was “Tarzan of the Apes” (1912) and in the series some 23 further full-length books APPEARED
    Happily, I’ve read most of them !

    One thing a new reader noted almost immediately was the superb skill the Author used by Chapters end, to have a tense, critical situation, and most (I for one) . . . could hardly wait to ‘flip the page’ to read the new chapter to see HOW the character survived / escaped !
    And then came - the DISSAPOINTMENT !

    Chapter 2 went ’ somewhere else ‘, like a completely new story, (different characters) Yet, one in which you would soon become equally involved, only to find that at Chapters end there would be yet another crisis - AND Chapter 3 would then open with the solution to the problem from back in Chapter 1 !
    Chapter 2’s crisis scenario, would be addressed in Chapter 4 !*

    It’s a scenario that would be repeated in chapter after chapter, and putting aside one’s initial ’irritation*, you eventually realized it was a BRILLIANT story writing technique.
    Hard to put the book down ! !

    I’m going to guess that Mike’s read these books too, perhaps with a similar experience (?) - and give credit, was ASTUTE enough - to ’ borrow ’ part of the technique to keep readers like us in DT (on occasion), possibly annoyed ? But still firmly " hooked ", waiting - impatiently for the Answers ! ? ;- )

    I’d think, it’s a part of the reason we have so many readers commenting here ! ??

  3. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    A Bit More on the Montuk Project . . .

    Sometimes called – Phoenix 2 and Phoenix 3 A continuation of the Philadelphia Experiment ?


    Some VIDEO . . .

  4. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    " . . . Anyway, said it before and I’ll say it again, I think what the creative team is doing with Dick Tracy is freaking amazing."
    Got to agree ! The research, the FOCUS and depth of THOUGHT that’s obviously reflected here, simply - BLOWS readers out of the water !
    Not knocking Locher, but in terms of ‘care and attention’ this is 3 or 4 pegs UP from a Dick Tracy strip, a second job really, produced by an Editorial Cartoonist who (one might say) – was effectively - a ’ half time ’ man and doing both writing and art !

  5. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    Top of the morning to you . Bill !

    It’s War time !
    Ten cents ? Price gouging perhaps ?

  6. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    " Obviously, in this arc there is more that we don’t know than what we know.. . "’
    How true !
    Even the ‘little things’ seem to puzzle us . . .
    Like it’s 1944 and as Tracy is ‘discharged’ from the Hospital his Plainclothes outfit, black suit, red tie and yellow fedora were somehow waiting for him. In Simmons Corner ?
    How ?
    They weren’t present with him when he commenced his boat journey.
    Where did he sleep that night ? Who was home ?
    Who provided the New Police Uniform . . . Brandon ?
    How does he know he has to be a uniformed cop ?
    Did all the assistance and instructions come from Belinda ?

    It’s a story of BUILDING mystery atop of mysteries !
    So many questions - and likely, misdirects !
    When will the answers start flowing out ?

  7. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    " If this strip was written a few years back, I’d bet the farm that it was a crossover with the Keystone Kops.
    Appropriately so, I’d say."
    “A few years back ” ?
    I get the sense there is a ‘subtle’ reference here ! ?
    Like you may be ‘revving up’ the Engine ? ;- )

  8. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    " Very good observations. Do you think there might be a connection here? Listening to “Belinda” is like an addiction. If Sam can kick the nicotine habit, maybe he can help Tracy kick the “Belinda habit!” "
    It’s not Tracy that’s ‘listening’ here, you’d really have to suspect it may be the Authors (?)
    And not to Belinda !
    Seem to recall a scathing critique from MPH or one of his aliases, some time back - about the horrors of Sam smoking (bad ‘example’ for kids etc. etc.)

    And in this world you never know if their Editor made a ‘related’ call ? ;- )
    Like " taper it out . . . " And they did ! ;- )

  9. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 14 days ago

    Yesterday Ray Toler said :
    Yesterday Ray Toler remarked . . .

    . . .

    " . . .But, all comic strip characters seem to have their regular uniforms.
    Sam has reverted back to the green suit and derby (where are the plaid sports coats and trilby hats he wore during Gould’s last days?).
    It becomes easier to identify the characters if they are consistent. In a long shot, you always know the guy in the yellow coat is Tracy "

    And quietly, largely UNNOTICED a strong recognition part of the Sam Catchem character has disappeared.
    It first became more pointed in the strip of July 14th, when Sam was seen twiddling a pencil between his fingers rather than his usual high recognition, smoke wafting cigarette, in a way, not unlike that Tracy Yellow Coat.

    A closer check suggests Sam last smoking art presentation was on May 31st, Early June had 3 or so panels with unlit ‘cigs’ in the mouth but - no swirling smoke !
    Our green suited, sandwich eating character seems without fanfare - to have “kicked the habit” this past month and a half ?

    It was noticeable in 1978 right after Gould’s retirement, that his smoking seemed censored. Max Collins ?
    It’s been that way even through the Kilian /Locher years until the new team arrived

    To my eye, it seems a distinctive part of the Sam Catchem character !

  10. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 17 days ago

    Really great poetry with bite and clear description of what’s occurring here in this village bubble. Apparently controlled by this Alex ?
    Seems like a hefty investment – Time, Money . . . would the Warbucks ransom paid on Annie be worth it ?
    Well probably other ‘irons’ in the fire – like with Prof Kenyon ?
    He - reminds me of Locher’s - Prof. Noll in the Perfume story. Experiments and with those frequent Explosions.

    If there was a grain of thruth to what the Nurse told Tracy in the hospital and that he ‘enlisted’ the day after Pearl Harbor, a whole chunk of Tracy history would never have happened, 2 years from Jacques and B-B Eyes through Pruneface , Mrs P 88 Keyes, the Brow to Laffy
    With no need for a kill ‘contract’ with Flattop the man was still in service.

    Will be interesting to see HOW Mike eventually pulls all the threads together.