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  1. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 12 days 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 25 days ago

    Somewhere, Julius LaRosa is smiling.

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

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

  6. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 2 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 3 months ago

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

  8. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 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 3 months ago

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

  10. Jim Akin commented on Dick Tracy 3 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.