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  1. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 14 days ago

    @DaJellyBelly To invest may not necessarily imply being invested in a product or project, but it usually entails an interest in more than just interest, if you follow me. :) Angus has said he has no concern over the application of his funds (i.e., movies and cartoons), so it seems safe to think of him as a loanshark, and not a silent partner.

  2. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 28 days ago

    “88 Fleas” deftly evokes Vera’s stints as dog-portrait artist (the Mr. Litter scheme referenced above by Pequod), and creator of minimalist comic-strips with flea-like dots as “characters” — “The Invisible Tribe” (see screenshot above submitted by Stagger Lee) and “Sawdust” (screenshot above also from Pequod).

    Am I deluding myself, or were Alldid’s strips spoofing an actual comic strip that consisted of dirt-like dots and speech balloons? I’m recalling a single-panel feature, with the title “Flea Circus,” but Google isn’t turning up anything along those lines.

    Does that ring any bells among the comics fans here? Is it just a false memory on my part?

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

    I don’t expect (or want) to see a gruesome death tableau, but to end the Silver/Sprocket/Lena caper, Tracy and Sam should either be seen retrieving the Nitrates’ car (and referring to the status of its occupants) or concluding that the car can’t be found (making it clear that we’re meant to be left to wonder about the crooks’ survival).

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

    Catching up after a couple of days away. These new players in the audience are most intriguing. I heartily agree that the lassie in the balcony is likely the daughter of the mustachioed mystery man, and that her discontent echoes that of mistreated Cordelia onstage: A princess whose daddy, however tragic and sympathetic, is also barking mad. The plaid(?) suit, hint of a Scots burr in his speech balloon, and hairy face all suggest a terrier (remember Crypto?), but those cauliflower ears are pure boxer. Either way, I suspect he’ll be leaving his mark all over the Tracyverse before too long.

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

    The car had everything and the kitchen sink.

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

    Thanks for the LIS “Chariot” reminder. It’s been a long time since I saw that show.

  7. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 2 months ago

    My first impression of the halftrack vehicle in panel 3 was that it looked like something that might be cruising around a Bond-villain stronghold. (I Googled vehicles from Goldfinger and Moonraker, but those aren’t it.) That got me wondering if the car could be an Aston-Martin. (The color suggests Columbo’s rustbucket Peugeot more than 007’s wheels, but maybe the colorist was trying to suggest shadow?)

    On an unrelated note, the vehicle with the radar dish also reminds me of the rover from Lost in Space.

    So who IS our mystery car shopper?

  8. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 2 months ago

    If Vitamin was just looking to scam the scammers, why did he bother his financial advisor (good ol’ “Spit-Take” Coffee) for 300,000 real dollars?

  9. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 2 months ago

    I agree that VF should’ve alerted Tracy sooner. I don’t think the old actor is legally responsible for Mycroft’s death, or deserving of official punishment, but once the truth is known, I hope one of the LEOs reminds him that a death might’ve been prevented if the pros had been enlisted sooner.

  10. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    What if Abner sub-contracts the Tracy hit to BB Eyes, with the intention of finishing off whichever one survives?