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

    “Presumably when he went into hiding after being rescued, he lost all those plans.”

    Neil, Seems you’re trying to ‘SHAPE’ a factoid there . . . ?
    There’s been no evidence to suggest that he failed to have those “safely” stashed away, for future personal use or for sale to a (US) rival Government.
    A “Highly Valuable” set of Papers ! Wouldn’t you think ?

    In 1966 Bribery took the ‘quicker’, easier route, and stole a Space Coupe, as later too did the Chin Chillars

    Posted these palels already . . .
    But here AGAIN : 2 strips (6-2-66) and Sun (6-5-66), where we see Bribery waving them and naming his ‘authentic’ source Diet’s pilot Maay !

    Additionally, Gould would tell us, “Magnetic Propulsion” was discovered by the Moon People ‘years’ before Diet Smith did so . . .
    No need for roads there, as they used Air Cars to move around, but then, lacking in heat resistant metals it tended to make Space Travel unrealistic.
    They purchased Titanium from earth and had a Space Coupe Factory operational, with 4 Space Coupes then depicted under construction (this,on Dec. 27, 1964,( some two years prior to the first Bribery theft), .

    The Moon Governor and his people have left the ‘airless’ Moon but he too and his people continue to retain, the “necessary” technology !

    All that’s required for the strip, is a ‘decision’, and a stroke of Mike’s pen, to get Space Coupes FLYING once more*-* from any of these sources (or alternatively, a Diet Smith change of mind) !

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

    Believe the New York Daily News was at the time on one of it’s longest workers strikes.
    When they returned to work Chet Gould did a large one panel frame with the words “Welcome Back” with pictures of Bribery and other characters at that time.

    I recall someone putting the panel up on the Board here, within the past 3 days .LOOK for it !

    Believe after the Strike they printed ALL the back strips, in the papers that followed . . .
    Guess that would be sometime in mid 1967.

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

    “Joie Packet was a body double!?
    And the Chin Chillars dropped Joie back into the prison after retrieving the real Bribery? WILD!”


    Softly Softly there Willy ?

    Just as you’ve set up the “new facts” on the front shelf so neatly . . .
    One would hardly think you’ve twice posted strips of that story sequence which revealed that only three individuals, were ever seen in the Space Coupe on that trip following the prison break on the journey - to get the orbiting money. Then later, only two after the body drop’
    For the change to ‘Fit’, a little more than Say So is required to convince that Four made the journey up and after the ‘drop’ (i.e, Joie), Bribery was safely returned to Earth
    It had been a Police Space Coupe stolen by the Chin Chillars on the Moon (from a visiting Tracy). They were Diet’s workers there).
    On their journey to Earth the only ‘diversion’ recorded was checking out the orbiting money before picking up Bribery from the prison roof (?)
    The ‘observation’ here being, no stop - to get Joie Packet !

    After the money recovery a champagne ‘drugged’ Bribery - who’d been seen dividing up the cash ‘proceeds’ between the three (the 2 Chin Chillars and himself) he, was depicted laying on the floor, and would finally be rolled into the Coupe’s nearby ‘ejection’ tube, (not that of a 4th individual) A body was later dropped/released over the Prison’s carpenter roof shop.
    Logically it seemed to be Bribery ? Where was Joie Packet? Who was picked up from the prison Bribery (?) or was it Joie ‘pretending’ to be Bribery ?

    A 4th individual, was never seen on that Space Coupe flight, but NEW FACT tells us, that Joie Packet was never Mr. Bribery’s real name, but rather simply a separate individual that looked exactly like Mr, Bribery, but was apparently also there (hidden?) though never seen, to ultimately take the fall for him.

    Despite the lack of any supporting visuals (from June /July 1967 caper) it’s a far more “plausible” resuscitation - than that of B-B Eyes and by the same ‘measure’ I’d include Chet’s revival of Shoulders. Both “near impossible” - given the depth of “assumptions” needed.

    Curious “text” with Bribery on the floor near the ejection tube, as Chin Chillar says . . .
    As if somehow speaking to the Tube (offering an alternative body? ;-) rather than just another glass of doped drink to the original Mr, B ?
    A twist on word meaning that to me, brought on a ‘smile’ !

    The additional strips below are a “selection” from those in July 1967 - that ‘picked up’ on main events after the body fell to the prison roof, and up to the point where the Chin Chillars are about to land on Piggy Butcher’s farm !

    They show among other things that
    1) Tracy and Diet were on to the Chin Chillars “seconds” after the body drop (7-2-67), and before a window for any conceivable landing could take place !
    Other than briefly submerging the Tail end of the Coupe in a river to put out a fire (the blazing money) there was no landing - on Earth until the final descent on Piggy Butcher’s farm.
    3) After a week without food,(and money burnt) they made a Moon stop for Food and Water at a remote Diet Smith Industries storage area
    4) There was no ‘evidence’ of Bribery participating in, or enduring any of these shortages ?Miss Deal wasn’t around to help.
    Effectively, these all seem to show that a surviving Bribery could not have returned to earth. Unless he too landed (unseen to readers) at Piggy Butchers Farm, and got a Free Pass ?
    5) Other than the Chin Chillars (be it Joie Packet or Bribery?) were never seen inside despite the subsequent travails with a lack of water and food’ lasting up to Seven Days in that Space Coupe.

    *Questions -
    seem to ‘hang out’ there . . . ??
    A) How did Joie Packet get ‘aboard’ the Space Coupe prior to the drop ? . . . and
    B) How did Bribery “land” - safely down on Earth ?

    Perhaps there are easy ‘explanations’ coming ?
    Will wait to see . . .

    On the other hand, Mike might squeeze his privileged ‘shoulders’ just as Gould did in December 1947 and to provide none ! ?

    JULY 1967

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

    Keeping Those SECRET IDENTITIES . . .

    ‘Interesting’ to take a peek at the length of time Mr. Bigg’s “identity” had been a closely held *secret*’
    A ‘long time’ when all we would see was a gesturing Hand (or hands) to tantalize us into all sorts of ‘speculation’.
    In this particular case, ranging from Batman’s Penguin through Intro, the jailed Ace of Spades, and others to
    Mr. Bribery. And then came the “hint” - with that affection for the Rose over these past weeks, the latter name seemed almost certain.
    Now confirmed !

    Jan. 11, 2015

    The HAND first appeared on (1-11-15) this year, or looked at another way, the “secret identity” was held for 6 months and 5 days !

    How does the time frame ‘stack up’ against those of other earlier characters ?
    That of Venus easily comes to mind . . .
    We all recall that very much the fashion of Chet Gould’s Painted Lady (Neva Intro -1969) she was (extensively) portrayed with just her Legs showing, the
    Face hidden, never revealed for Seven months and 1 day !
    Almost seemed that 6 months or thereabouts was Mike’s preferred time ?

    Oct, 4, 2013

    May 4, 2014

    That is, of course, until we look ‘further back’ to 2011 / 2012. And find that the “Big Winner” is easily NEW Mr. Crime (aka Davey Myler)

    We can compare the time span from two dates (take your pick?)
    From the date the Secret Files of the original Mr. Crime were picked up by a (then unidentified) individual (6-16-2011) or from the date
    Panda was hired (7-15-11) to set up the New Organization
    If we use the more generous longer time that’s 1year + 1 day to find out the Identity, *o*r from the Panda come in date 11 months *and *2 days !

    June 16, 2011

    July 15, 2011

    June 16, 2012

    June 17, 2012

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

    “The Blackhearts hired him for something else recently. I wonder what that could be.”

    Last job I recall was in a list handed to him by Méliés, to eliminate the upper echelons of the Apparatus . . .
    And there were “several” (you’d see them at group meetings on occasion) . . .

    Kadaver did eliminate one - Bill ‘Shortcane’ Mitchel (10-31-13) but I’m not aware of any other (?)
    What he did (as you know) was arrange to have them acquire the B-B Eyes grouping from the Apparatus.
    This grouping is in a move up within the Black Hearts today.
    Can’t say, that they have been “seen” to - ‘perform’, but they have managed themselves more ‘astutely’ in the eyes of Mr. Bribery, than the original Venus / Apollo / Méliés grouping,
    His was a big favour to the Blackhearts.

    Sad thing IS, Bribery (certainly the original) has a long, l-o-n-g history, of killing those that help him most (Nah Teh, Pilot Maay and the unnamed Twins that stole his first Space Coupe - to name a few)

    Have no reason to doubt that similar “reward”, isn’t in the “cards” for Méliés, Venus et al - a little further ‘down the road’, in Bribery’s game - as he plays out his hand ?

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

    Here is Abner Kadaver in prison, October, 2013 . . ..

    Where obviously. he’s not allowed to use “make up” or to wear a mask . . .
    And walking, (not appearing suddenly out of nowhere), or is he in a sitting position * . . .*

    What you SEE is what you GET. The real thing - here !

    October 10th, 2013

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

    Starman1948 - Our ‘Kind and Thoughtful Words’ Poster

    Our Prayers and Kind Wishes that you’ll be back with us soon.

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

    While Méliés “Taps” the rooms and telephones . . .
    Apollo shows full face, new low Jaw, like Blowtop Jones And if you think our Venus is a “Tease”, try to give her waist there in 2 a little squeeze . . .
    Like breeze? - so look again (last Friday) ‘please’ . . .
    in panel three, not even as wide as Méliés knees !

    Even avenger09 might give Rightwing an ease, as eyes wide open, he puts aside - those ‘contemptuous’ Zzzzzzz’s

    17th July 2015

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

    . . . I may be sick for the first time in years & years but I still have My cool little bride who fusses over me and more importantly the joy of the Lord Jesus is ever present.”

    ‘Good of you’ John, to take the ‘time’ to tell why we haven’t been hearing from you . . .

    Can understand why she’s concerned, but tell - Mrs. “Green Eyes”, that a whole lot of folks here, are offering ‘prayers up’ for your safe return to health.
    We’re counting on it !

    Been down the same ROAD “twice” before, times of ‘Touch or Go’ . . .
    Seems - the prayers of others worked then, as I’m sure they’ll ‘work’ now !

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

    @ Fhofmann from yesterday

    “Sydney Phillips, your comment got me thinking! I checked some of the Chin Chillar story scenes Willy posted and the same $30 million figure was mentioned again. You guys are so good at remembering details like that! I just blip over them most of the time”

    Thanks for the ‘compliment’, but must confess it’s not really deserved . . .

    Our advantage is, that we have Dick Tracy comic strip Collections or have easy access to them,
    When a story comes up with (say) a Space Coupe, with a little effort we can ‘flip back’ and read detail of sections on which we may have only “vague” recall, to get confirmation.

    Can’t speak for Willy, but on ‘occasion’ - the “detail” I find, does come as an unwelcome Surprise ! ;-)