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  1. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 6 minutes ago

    Can’t understand why my post above appears doubled?
    Two copies, and I just can’t ‘shake one’ ???
    Sorry !

  2. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 13 minutes ago

    Happily, it’s sequences like these that somehow FLASH exciting words, and concepts like ‘Foresight’ and ‘Competence’ - onto my screen !
    Foresight in the sense that Axel had the prescience, the forward Vision, to know Annie would ultimately be brought to him, and so, preparing well in advance (Competence), he had the Silo couple abducted(?) – brought to him, suitably hypnotized, and then installed in a Home to await – the triumphant Annie arrival day !

    Nearly a Copy Book resemblance to the Tracy capture, all on water, and useful too in that it eliminated the Butcher,the need for any ‘promised’ payments, and then sank the boat. Only difference – Tracy’s boat was returned.

    Yet ‘up front’ now and visible, he seems to dither, suspicious yes, but like he’s lost his Leap Ahead - “telling” instincts ?

    Odd thing too, HOW would Axel know, of the Tracy LIKELYHOOD of telling others, where he (Tracy) was going by boat. And that soon others (police) would follow on to Thunder Island looking for him ? You’d have to think, that if Axel - had an ‘inside man’ working for him he’s not functioning on this one. A new Teevo ? (Yes*!* I know dead ! But not only Hot Rize might have had a Twin ! ?
    We’ve really seen little thought, action, expressions of concern for this possibility ! (?)
    Seems now the ‘rubbers hitting the road’, a time when it really COUNTS, Axel hasn’t got a Clue on the looming dangers ? How disappointing !

    And further, (as I write), it occurs to me, we have another, perhaps more puzzling – “inconsistency” here . . .
    How could Axel “lease” an Island and (Law enforcement) I.e. The FBI (up to - one year or so, later?) - STILL have it on their Books as a ‘no entry’ - Classified Area ?


    Fritz Ann ? Good thing, Sam’s started his preparation for Heaven.
    W Annie would ultimately be brought to him, and so, well in advance (Competence), he had the Silo couple abducted(?) – brought to him, suitably hypnotized, and then installed in a House to await – the triumphant Annie arrival day !

    Nearly a Copy Book resemblance to the Tracy capture, all on water, and useful too in that it eliminated the Butcher,the need for any ‘promised’ payments, and then sank the boat. Only difference – Tracy’s boat was returned.

    Yet ‘up front’ now and visible, he seems to dither, suspicious yes, but like he’s lost his Leap Ahead - “telling” instincts ?

    Odd thing too, HOW would Axel know, if Tracy LIKELY told others, where he (Tracy) was going. And that soon others (police) would follow on to Thunder Island looking for him ? You’d have to think, that if Axel - had an ‘inside man’ working for him he’s not functioning on this one. A new Teevo ? (Yes*!* I know ! But not only Hot Rize might have had a Twin ! ?
    We’ve really seen no action, no concern for this possibility ! (?)
    Seems now the rubbers hitting the road, when it really COUNTS, Axel hasn’t got a Clue. How disappointing !

    And further, (as I write), it occurs to me, we have another, perhaps more puzzling – “inconsistency” here . . .
    How could Axel “lease” an Island and (Law enforcement) I.e. The FBI (up to - one year or so, later?) - STILL have it on their Books as a ‘no entry’ - Classified Area ?

    Fritz Ann ? Good thing, Sam’s started his preparation for Heaven.

  3. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy about 18 hours ago

    W H H GoComics PRO Member said, YESTERDAY . . .

    “I really think it’s time Tracy, Sam, Liz, Chief Patton, et al should quit carrying guns. It’s a bad influence on children and they might think it’s all right to play with a gun. My cousin’s friend’s father in law’s ex-wife once got shot with a gun and almost died. So guns are bad in comic fantasies. Let’s update Dick Tracy to current political correctness now. Maybe Sam could start carrying a taser or club in lieu of his gun.
    I’m okay with the bad guys keeping their guns because hey, they’re bad guys as I’ve always been told by certain people if you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. Besides, this way we could easily decide who’s bad and who’s not by noticing if they’re packing heat, smoking or wearing a black hat.”


    Rather liked that humorous THRUST in - WHH’s post yesterday !

    But let me start by saying some years ago I had a Stroke. a Heart Attack, and knocking out a Kidney. All, quite likely contributed to by my Smoking. I no longer smoke (going on ten years now). Additionally, and recently, a once close working colleague of mine (heavy smoker), died from associated Lung Cancer just - 2 years ago.

    So, you could say - I’ve been there !

    And I empathize (deeply) - with those currently afflicted from past smoking, and hopefully now in a recovery mode

    But EDITING a ‘comic strip’ for grown men seems an unnecessary stretch, for with Sam Catchem and Diet Smith - it’s a part of their character, their “realism”, their human ‘short coming’ - exactly as Gould created them, an integral part of their ‘personalities’. A realism (smoking) that continues DAILY around us, and seen in real life. You say young Kids ? – well they too see humans around smoking. If they look further on, they’ll be seeing Pot, sniff it’s unique smell and they too will realize it’s been “legalized” in a few places

    If I’ve interpreted WHH’s (subtle) intention correctly (?) It seems he’s (in-directly?) SAYING - if, you’re going to provide a strip of EXEMPLARY characters and if you’ve already thrown out Sam’s smoking, WHY not GO – full throttle, and ‘throw out’ every questionable, suspect scintilla, like the Guns of the “good guys” and any belittling habits they may have ?

    But why STOP there ? - what else, we can - Sanitize ! (?)

    Not nice to suffer from ‘Body Odor’ . But B.O. Plenty’s got it, and heck - in a perfect world Junior wouldn’t have skin blemished with those freckles, Tracy’s chisel nose could be an unfortunate reminder to “dodge the mirror” types, (real life people) - similarly affected, with warped or odd shaped nostrils ?

    So looks. we might have further artistic ‘adjustments’ to CONSIDER ?

    To some, perhaps just as compelling, are the NAMES (lets consider flattering ones, that “resonate”) Dick could become Dick Dandy, B.O. (how about?) - ‘Tip Top’ Aroma Plenty, and his wife *Marvel Gertie (mother of Sparkle). Then Chief Patton, may easily stay on Top as Chief Pat Paradigm, Lizz too, as ‘Wonderful’ Worthington Grove. And who want’s to be Junior to anything ? Perhaps he could more meaningfully, go back to ‘looking like’, and being called - John ?
    Finally, Lee Ebony’s tree, might "light up’ brightly,were she converteded to - Light Ebony, or if need be for any other reason ?

    So onward flawless characters. Forget reality, and any human failings, lets prepare our heroes for Heaven. They’d be so NORMAL (so untarnished) they might have just a very ‘short time’ in the ‘comic pages’ ?

    Guess. I’m also agreeing with Vista Bill’s pragmatic view on Staton’s visual charm of Sam, doing what he does best.

    The only character in Tracy ever drawn (Gould) ‘using’ two at the same time - Sam Catchem ! One in the lips, the Other lit – burning between two fingers !

  4. SYDNEY PHILLIPS GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy about 21 hours ago

    Yesterday, responding to my post Ray Toler opined :


    " I don’t believe Axel’s sentries anticipated Tracy’s arrival. I believe that they caught Tracy, drugged him, put him in the hospital and kept him unconscious all the while subcounciously brainwashing him until clothing and a back story could be developed to explain his presence in Simmons Corners."
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    I really do appreciate your comments Ray, but just like me, you don’tKNOW’ what actually happened !.
    The Author hasn’t told us, left us yet another mystery of sorts, on a spot, no explanations, only to draw the best ‘conclusions’ we can, from the thin evidence and clues he’s left behind.


    I’ve never felt ‘COMFORTABLE’ when Authors leave readers to manufacture a rationale of how some ‘Oddity’ appearing in the strip “happened” – and here one, ever so challenging. Scenarios, like placing the character – 70 years back into the past ! Tonight, seen safely in his boat, then the next day - in a hospital bed ! (?) 1944 Calendar ? - To simulate a ‘Time Jump’ ?

    It doesn’t help, that this particular mystery’s - been “hanging out” there, for over 12 weeks, while another emerging (or rather, ‘planted’ one) back then -‘Time Travel’, was debunked by Axel’s telephone call to his Superiors only 2 weeks ago, some ten weeks after the Vitamin F introduction - so, lets call it a - misdirect ;- )

    (This is not about THAT, but the Financial Costs of staging a 1944 village ‘atmosphere’ - must be, a Staggeringly Large one ? Let’s see if later, we get a valid answer - simply finding that ‘not much’ had changed in the village (at time of leasing), is not an appropriate answer - for several reasons.
    In the end, will it prove, a ‘rational’ outlay (?)
    And not just something to HYPE readers that Time Travel might be - around the corner ! ;- )

    I agree, that Tracy was captured and went through the ‘mind conditioning’ process you describe. Our assumptions differ only on whether Axel’s ‘intelligence’ was such, that the Tracy arrival was “expected”

    A few things seemed to “hint” that he - was expected :

    1) A ready, ‘working’ (paint designated) Vintage Police Car -
    2) Anticipation - that a policeman would eventually arrive, so - have uniforms, caps, billy-sticks, even a recognizable yellow – Dick Tracy style hat and red striped tie (?). All apparel correctly sized, (Not for someone like a Punjab) but rather some-one built more like a Dick Tracy -
    Not ‘take-off-a-shelf’ ITEMS, in a Wartime (1944) village. Seems they’d have to be obtained outside ?
    3) The efficiency (fore-knowledge?) to find the correct Boating Facility for the returning boat and the ‘exact’ area there, where Tracy’s should be docked (?) So as, not to arouse suspicion that some-things amiss
    4) Easily, ‘knowing’ which parked, motor vehicle Tracy owned - to drive it off - and dump it !


    His apparently easy capture and all the above suggest a well oiled, prepared operation. Expected ? Quite possible !

    YES ! All the above are just “assumptions” - but not without Merit.
    Reasoned ‘indicators’, pointed enough to suggest some ‘foreknowledge’ of his coming ! (?)

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

    Orphan Annie SAUCER shaped EYES ?
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    I’ve mulled over that artistic oddity on Axel myself !
    Good point about ensuring that the EVIL in him shows. His character just wouldn’t resonate effectively - with Saucer Eyes !


    On the other hand, it seems they are other exceptions to that ‘artistic’ rule . . .
    See - Punjab and the Asp !
    Good panel showing them, on Aug. 8. 2014

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

    " . . . lets hope the surprise attack comes quickly before Alex figures things out … etc"
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    SURPRISE ATTACK ??
    Thought - this was an on the groundINTELLEGENCE GATHERINGmission, one headed, defined, and authorized by the FBI’s Agent - Fritz Ann ? (8-30-14)


    Guess it’s possible that events could overtake the group, and they would have to defend themselves.


    Actually,.given the script - she hardly seems to be leading anything (?) - other than a question to Tracy (9-16-14) asking about what’s going on !


    We may have to question Axel’s leadership qualities today, suspicious yes, but not the brightest bulb in the room ?
    Seems ‘Light Years’ behind the thinking that was able to ANTICIPATE Tracy’s arrival, and deal with it so effectively, down to having uniforms, badges - etc already in place ?

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

    " . . .We’ll All Be Back Home TONIGHT * Annie ???


    More than a touch of Irony there . . . one may be forgiven, for thinking that’s just - a ‘figure of speech’ ?
    Incredible really ! Indeed - you might think Conspicuous Speed - given the slow Drum Beat, of that idyllic * “marking of time”* these past 10 weeks in Simmons Corners !


    No wish to be repetitious, but this suggested hint/change in speed (or pacing) by the Authors today, caught my eye !.
    It’s been a (subconscious?) ‘sentiment’ on the board recently, one of “expectation” on what will be SEEN tomorrow .
    INFECTIOUS ? Perhaps? And the Authors caught it ?


    Annie’s statement - their first ‘touch’ on the Jay Garrick pedal ?

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

    “I expect tomorrow’s strip to be really, really good! I thought at first we’d delay until Sunday, but now I think it’s timed so that the assault will be covered Friday and Saturday, and the confrontation with Axel on Sunday. But Mike and Joe always keep me guessing.”
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    Yes, they DO seem to keep us - guessing !
    But to me, that suggests (here), longer waiting time.
    I’m not optimistic about seeing any early action, if one’s to ‘judge’ by the relatively slow pacing - that we’ve experienced over these past 10 weeks in Simmons Corners ! ?
    Much time on a little bit of this and a little bit of that, to create ‘atmosphere’, but nothing to move the story significantly forward in that long period of time !


    Today, as we look at Sam - in panel 1, one can’t help but (quietly) – wonder. if this is the ‘night before’, or early the next morning – after . . . as you contemplate the two players, given their ‘history’, and that ‘suggestive’(?) sleeping HAY behind (?)
    Sure, the two Authors, enjoyed a ‘quiet smile’ behind the scenes as they provided that panel.
    Don’t mind that Sam is seen to carefully cloud those racy ‘aspects’ - suggested by the VISUAL, when he referenced his overseas relatives ;-)

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

    “The fact that Axel even has superiors indicates to me that much more is left to be discovered in this story. I am doubting that it will end within a week.
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    Seem to recall reading from an Interview (?) with the Authors, that it would be a 5 month - tale.
    If so we have another SIX weeks or so, to go !

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

    No need to ‘speculate’ on what may happen today . . .
    a little ‘time off’ so to speak – to recall past history !