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  1. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Flashback. Flashback!

    “Scarlet Sting” looks like a cross between The Shadow and Lash LaRue. When I googled to investigate possible inspirations, I learned that Scarlet Sting is:

    - a magical weapon in some Dungeons & Dragons-type online game, and

    - an item featured in an “adult” toy catalog.

    It’ll be fun to learn more about Doubleup’s origin.

  2. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Somewhere, Julius LaRosa is smiling.

  3. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    The “doorman” looks like a railroad crew member, no? Could Axelrod be in on the train caper?

  4. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    Good catch! I recently read Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies after learning about it here. Very enjoyable. Even so, I wouldn’t have recalled Abe Ongo.

  5. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    @AnyFace All valid points. :) Your Avatar is great, too.

  6. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    “Survivors” definitely implies to me that there were some who didn’t survive. Otherwise, “witnesses” would’ve been sufficient.

  7. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    Desmond’s initials suggest he might be rather obsessive. And compulsive.

  8. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    By an accident of history, my introduction to procedural plotting was the 1966 Batman TV series. (The Blu-Rays are gorgeous, BTW.) I tend to think of criminal informants like Pouch as their stories’ equivalents of that show’s Batcomputer: Implausible, just barely possible shortcuts that stand in for realistic-but-dull shoe-leather investigation.

    This may have been observed before, but it just occurred to me that Blaze Rise’s physique is a near-perfect blend of Brenda Starr and Jimmy Olsen. She’s coming off as one of this arc’s more sympathetic crooks — perhaps more victim of circumstance than career criminal. I wonder if she’ll reform and become a newshound.

  9. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    Since the cards are all hearts — black hearts — maybe it’s a “13 Gang.”

  10. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    The playing-card motif in the hideout only features one of the four standard suits. A suit whose standard color is red, but which is rendered here in a nonstandard color. I think that’s all the significance there needs to be to the decor.