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

    watch Tracy slip out and go back
    -—————————————
    Perhaps what should also be running through his mind IS checking out his Boat Yard too ? . . .


    Boat seems ‘familiar’, looks an awful lot like Tracy Boat used in the Annie tale ! ;- )


    “Blighted” mode of transport, unfortunately something goes wrong, or ‘missing’ on every journey . . . ;- )
    Missing Owner ? (6-27-14)
    Missing Gold ? (4-25-15)

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

    Special thanks to you Starman1948 - for noticing my amateur effort in that realm . . .

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

    A little late in the day (rather night), but just read the ‘Good News’ !


    Feel sure - you’ll be a Winner this time !

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

    Yes*!* Not a ‘Word’ today from Mike …
    But Joe in 2, just dropped a ‘clew’, restating all that’s right …
    It’ll be ‘railway detail straight’, you readers got to WAIT
    Our art already done, no plan to slice the cake, or run


    Bored ? Try counting the strips railway ‘sleepers’ . . .
    Solomon’s patience? Or snuff for heavy weepers ?
    The name “Ongo”, reveals our show - one that signals ‘detail’ flow . . .
    Through it all, Avenger sleeps, dreams of heady tales that ‘leap’ . . .
    Awake - looking now more like low rev Staton creep ?


    Provoking pace ?
    Today, it’s not a race simply for pace . . .
    But hopefully, to have, the Dick Tracy strip in a more ‘dignified’, and - respected place ! ?

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

    Sorry !
    Seems I inadvertently prolonged what “U” read, in my earlier post . . .
    With “spelling correctors” here - that ‘abound’, let me get my ‘apology’ in early !

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

    Timmy, find myself easily agreeing with your ‘sentiment’, but - not the ‘example’ . . .


    What’s needed is some “quick dry” ‘explanations’ on factors in that Train theft, not the meticulous detail that seems to be rolling out.
    One can “applaud” the Author for his excellent research, meaningful names from the past etc … (and some will appreciate it all), but a question IS . . .
    isn’t that an “excess”, a major drag on “pacing” in a comic strip medium ?


    A few words, ‘flit’ through - the mind . . .


    CIRCUMLOCTURY
    GARRULOUS and
    PROLONGUED


    And . . .
    “Baal couldn’t recall when he’d last heard any one talk up such a storm” – - -
    - Salaman Rushdie


    But in a way ‘mindful’ - of that early (but slow), “talking heads” part, of the 2014 Gruesome story . . .
    And TIME when near everyone, was w-a-i-t-i-n-g for Otis to ‘show up’, to “kick start” the Action !

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

    I’ll easily agree with you on your Brozman “take” . . .


    But perhaps like you (?) I’ve read and likely accessed near ‘everything’ Locher has drawn in Dick Tracy . . .
    Many ‘give away’ items (e.g. ‘small hands’, at times ‘short arms’, yet easily did the best Tracy profile from among Gould’s ‘successors’)


    And I’d think, it’s relatively ‘easy’ to spot strips or panels drawn by Brozeman.(He did several).
    Locher had a “system” he worked with son John - when alive . . .
    Ist week Dad did the Sundays (John inked them) while John did the Dailys (and Dad inked those)
    2nd week they reversed the process.
    It had been (originally) a SYSTEM Gould had introduced along with younger art assistant Dick Locher in the 1957 to 1961 period’


    I’d guess, a ‘bit’ of this was done with Brozman as had been the practise earlier ?


    Yet I’d further guess, that was a partner period that must have quietly infuriated Dick Locher. . . .
    TMS “might” have imposed Brozman on him ?


    As you may recall circulation had fallen down to 50 newspapers - by the time of Kilian’s death in late 2005. and my understanding is. that the level of circulation - then determined (adjusted) the Artist/Writers re-numeration.


    In the better Collins period with Fletcher and (then early Locher), circulation probably ran at between 400 to 500 newspapers.


    Haviing 50 + newspapers and then ‘sharing’ the relatively lower ‘spoils’ with an assistant that was likely put there by TMS, unlikely to be very encouraging ?


    Most of the above, of course, “speculation” on my part !

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

    Really a good PUN !

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

    Well Timmy, (someone had to) … you’ve ‘rolled’ the warning drum !
    The talks on Trains an rails and ways, as you ‘raise’ that important, Johnny Adonis thumb !


    Not sure if anyone isCOUNTING,,, but today - it’s been all of 30 days - since Adonis was downed with that T-Bolt wood ?


    And way the sequence ended . . .


    So suddenly away, like ‘mid-air; play, they stopped the run,
    his trigger-finger on the gun
    Slammed senseless before pulled his Piece ?
    Did T-Bolt’s swinging wood end it?, his spying day was over ?
    or now Deceased ?
    Yet, before we, a detail knew ? . . .
    the page was flipped, our view was thrown askew !


    Quick away from T-Bolt’s face, a lightening fast erase
    Before you ‘blinked’ there -. was a Train and Tunnel right there in it’s place . . . or your FACE ?


    What happened 29 days ago ?
    The strip won’t say . . .
    The sequence’s gone, of on ‘holiday’ ?

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

    Here, an ‘excerpt’, from an INTERVIEW by Alan Gardner with Dick Locher and wife Mary, posted on the Daily Cartoonist - June 24, 2010


    It was revealed then, that Locher had been suffering with Parkinsons Disease . . .


    The ‘working relationship’ with Jim Brozman (and which partner did what on the strip?)
    is ‘described’ by Dick Locher in the interview . . .

    Alan: How long have you known, how long since you were…


    Dick: Five years.


    Alan: Oh really? And your still drawing though. Right?


    Dick: It steadies when I get to the drawing board. It stops.


    Alan: That’s amazing. Because everything still looks as it always has.


    Dick: Well, I’m a lucky guy. Very lucky.


    Alan: So you’ve already turned over the artwork of Dick Tracy to another artist?


    Dick: No, no. I still do it.


    Alan: No? I thought I reported that… Isn’t someone else was assisting you now?


    Dick: I have an inker.


    Alan: An inker. But you still do the pencil and still the writing.


    Dick: Right.


    Alan: Okay, because you’ve talked about retiring. What does that mean? Editorial cartoons, Dick Tracy, both?

    Dick: Eventually it will be both, of course. But it won’t tell me, I’ll tell it.


    Mary: He has no immediate plans to retire.


    Dick: She does, I don’t yet.


    Mary: It’s kind of like that saying, “The reports of my early demise are…”


    Alan: Greatly exaggerated. Well that’s great. I was under the assumption that you were still writing, but someone else doing the drawing.


    Mary: He has an assistant, but Dick still does all the pencil drawing.


    Dick: Yeah, he’s working into it.


    Alan: Is he the one who will eventually take over?


    Dick: We don’t know.
    Mary:* It’s up to him and of course the syndicate as well.


    Dick: It’s up to him, God and Warren Beaty.


    Alan: (laughing) Warren Beaty. How many papers is Dick Tracy in?


    Dick: Around a hundred.


    Alan: Okay, so it’s still got a good size list.


    Dick: For a strip that’s 79 years old, that’s not bad. Only one thing scares me. When I can’t go to the drawing board anymore. That’s scary. It’s like the cowboy. You can take anything away from the cowboy, except his domain.


    Despite those work ‘descriptions’ above you’d think ‘long time readers’ would know the difference between his ‘pencil work’, and that of another ?


    To my ‘eye’ very many strips appearing in the period were not Locher pencil Art !


    Others are free to disagree /. . .*