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  1. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    “… remind the high and mighty Mayor Armstrong about how SHE took a bribe from Oliver Warbucks to . . .”

    And she seemed in 2011 to have an “open pocket” for the late Simon Baux (aka Sweatbox) ! ??
    In her World if ‘caught’, it’s called “Election Contributions”

  2. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    “. . . punishment should never be applied until someone is proven guilty.”

    Solid point Ken !

  3. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    For Dick Tracy, It was LIKE a Dallas “Cliff-Hanger”
    Wendy Wichel’s report was ‘ready’, a NEW ‘Twist of the Dagger’ !
    In the MCU office ‘everyone’ had gathered - ‘expectantly’ all around . .; .
    Her Bulletins on Tracy pointed, often ‘twisted’, and usually profound !

    Look-a-there !! He must have got a ‘"Tip"*!, It is our very “own” Chief, *Mr. Patrick!
    Concerned to ’SEE’ a Video described as “graphic”,‘nervous’, might that (somehow?), extend to “phallic” ?
    When we ‘saw’ her LEG ‘Up in the Air’, a precursor ‘HINT’ Tracy ‘might’ have been there (?)
    No wish to go down that ‘Road’, but it could be, “tricky” visuals we’ve never seen before ?

    Waiting in Panel 1, Patrick’s features seemed to fidget slightly
    Seemed he wasn’t about to ‘take’ these ‘graphics’ lightly
    Sam’s toothpick twisted sadly down on his lips
    Smokers’ knew it - he needed a ‘Nicotine fix
    Tracy appeared understandably - grim !
    Heck*!* The coming ’Bombast’ was all ‘about’ him !

    In panel 2, Lizz * eyes wide, and finger tips to her Lips
    at the News “views” as her Coffee slips
    Sam’s concern (in 3) is of Tess and other ‘developments’ tomorrow
    Reminding us ‘readers’, we “don’t know” what “happened” to Morrow ?

    But our ‘Big Surprise’ came (in 3) instead, as they’d ‘redesigned’ our Tracy with a - “Slim Head”!
    Perhaps another ‘subtle hint’ by Artist Joe, that Tracy may need ‘Civil Rights’ Services via Gloria Allred?
    Apparently, to join his predecessors, Coffehead, Canhead, Rughead, Headache and even Miss Egghead
    We have no idea (now) if this redesign is permanent, or simply a “one off” - and an artistic inadvertent ?
    Perhaps not dissimilar to Locher’s Tracy ‘without a Hat’?, but lets get back to what’s current and important

    As we THINK of ‘possible’ actions ‘up ahead’ . . .

    Certainly, Mayor Armstrong presence “looms”, but would she be so ‘shallow’ ?
    As to ‘ENVY’, the much younger, and still lively … Mrs. Faller ?
    Like IN “fantasizing” to, first … push Tracy in a closet ..
    ‘Strong arming’ down a pocket ? To ‘work-up’ a little frolic ??

    Or … if it’s shoe “on another foot”, a “whiff” of things (Umbrella) Transgender (?)
    Might she like it " best ", with that foot we saw. Bent - up against a fender ?
    But if we set “speculation” and with Wendy’s “dramatic” graphics - aside . . .
    Tracy might come to _realize, the Mayor may USE this, to send him on a Ride !

    And so Folks . . .
    Wendy “enjoyed” her Bernie Sanders " MOMENT " . . .
    And, the likely agitation coming - with rip-roaring ferment
    Her ‘magic’ - to set a ‘Cat’ among the Pigeons . . .
    With a City Mayor - " blowing " her Fillings !
    And, with a ‘Touch of Luck’ he’ll Leave The Force
    ‘Odds’ are, Wife Tess ‘Kicks Him Out’ - it’s a Divorce !

    Wendy saw the “transaction” as -
    A Big Fee In “KIND. One to ‘remove’ things from Tracy’s Mind …
    “Memory” of Any Crime there … on the - Faller Family ‘Line’ !!
    Video’s don’t Lie . . .
    It’s a Tracy gone Awry . . . Black Eye. Down to BONZAI
    Not Sorry little guy . . . “Just be ‘glad’, I ‘bothered’ to say Goodbye” !

  4. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    @ AnyFace

    “Uh …
    … why exactly did Notta need for Tracy to be ‘out of town’ in order to implement this scheme?”


    Seems, you’ve ‘backed’ our Author up against a Wall
    Really no need for Tracy to be “Out of Town” At All ! ?

  5. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    See that LEG up in the Air . . .
    It ‘frames’, a ‘worrying state’ of Affairs !

    “Menchken!”… Why call his name in vain?
    This female’s - a ‘lively’ version of the same*!*
    No hesitating, our Wendy … isn’t waiting
    Typewriter fingers speeding, no sign of vacillating

    No dismay, in a “Throw Shade” - Crusade
    You may even ‘glimpse’ the blade, in the way Tracy is portrayed?
    Her Heart won’t Skip One Beat
    To take our Dick Tracy off the Street

    Of “sorts,” a reputation ‘gerrymander’
    One without a dash of candor?
    Plus a likely SBN TV report - of dirt
    Or talking ‘manufactured’ slander

    Now what can Tracy DO ?
    Yet another worry is - Tess’ View ?
    Will Mayor Armstrong “flex” some Muscle ?
    And “give” our Hero any Hustle ?

    So many Worries and Questions to revile us
    While Bribery shapes his Virus
    Will his Matty Squared do a BANKING ‘Scare’ ?
    If SO, who will investigate? Will the FBI be there?

    If we go on recent “precedent” …
    better start from now, to pull your HAIR*!*
    Perhaps. from “anywhere” ?

  6. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    _*"You should compile and post some of your research, Syd . . .

    “You should compile and post some of your research, Syd. . . . "

    Thanks for your kind remarks Ray, and particularly your ‘opinion’ on my truly unusual experience – back in June 1998 - on taking the same Train Chet Gould regularly travelled on, between Woodstock and Chicago.
    Can also ‘vividly’ recall “seeing” the (near) train side building,, with it’s ‘sculptured’ poles, which Gould said he used to fashion his Sunny Dell Acres home for B.O. Plenty.
    It was a rewarding experience to see “first hand” the many (daily?) influences, to which he would be exposed, some of which would emerge in Dick Tracy on occasion.

    A Collection Point for ‘THINGS’ Dick Tracy was really Andy Feighery’s DT Fan Club and it’s Dick Tracy Magazine which included Views, News, and over the years a Complete Reprint of *Gould’s work.
    Fortunately, thanks to Andy, many readers ‘out there’ have complete’ *Gould collections, but sadly, most will have to wait on IDW
    For Example Up ahead, still to be “published” by them is a ‘curious’ sequence, with an indication by Pat Patton that he IS “married” - stating then, that he had a Wife ! ?

    Most will recall that Max Collins ‘married him off’ to Toby Townly during his run.

    But that’s a story for another time ! ;-)

    It’s a bit of a worry that much of the “analysis” of that time,(not me), but from several “knowledgeable” sources will die on the SPEC vine.
    Even the Dick Tracy Yahoo Board seems to be in a ‘Death Spiral’ ?.
    The Strips Identity is “masked” with a questionable Central American Indian LOGO that bears no relationship to Dick Tracy and Access to earlier posts is difficult.
    Had thought of POSTING articles from Andy’s past issues to “revive / stimulate” some interest and activity ! ?.
    Might still make a try !

  7. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    @ Ray Toler

    @ Ken in Ohio

    I may have later to stand corrected on this one …
    But my ‘guess’ is, that TMS doesn’t have a complete Library of Gould’s Dick Tracy work.

    I believe, there are a few complete collections compiled by Collector fanatics’, who *we all have to “thank” for what we read today.
    One such, was SHEL DORF, and I believe it was considered something of a “triumph” when he “donated” it to the Chester Gould Museum that was in Woodstock..
    Those might quite possibly be the strip continuity “source” made available to IDW (p)
    One might note that Jeff Kersten (who still remains connected to the Museum - such as it is) is also a ‘regular’ column contributor to those IDW – DT Publications.
    He, if he reads this, can likely confirm the source ! ?

    Ken, makes a good point on IDW quality production coming from the ‘less clean’ newspaper prints. But the ‘problem’ was not insurmountable
    When Blackthorne and those DT Comics and (too) Andy Feighery’s (DT Fan Club Magazine reprints) BOTH had a ‘Stable of Artists’ to do neat, clean up corrections to the Art available.
    Andy Feighery talked of the issue often when he was alive.

  8. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    “. . . I could post my notes here if anyone’s interested. I think I’ll start where the Archives in this GoComics site starts in April 2001, if people want me to put this up.”

    Sharing Dick Tracy research is always a GOOD thing !*

    Will look forward to same !

    Thanks !

  9. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 6 months ago

    Great PRESENTATION today !

    I’d say - your best to date in rhyme !

    Particularly like . . .

    “Of course we know it’s all a lie
    Dick’s as loyal as mom’s apple pie
    But what we see is what we get
    The truth is buried when dirt gets wet
    He’ll have to prove that what we see
    Is not the sin it appears to be”

  10. Sydney Phillips GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 6 months ago

    Thanks Willy007. for ‘putting up’ those (Gould art) panels (1967/68) of Notta . . .

    They helped satisfy a ‘perception’ I had, that Chet - managed to display a more (visually) “provocative” version of the character, than those we have seen in recent years !

    This is not a critique on Staton’s art which to my eye is appreciated and truly pleasing !
    His likenesses of Notta’ feature to the ‘original’ is near ‘flawless’ !

    Where Chet seems to ‘jump* the HURDLE lies in part in his “body positionings”, readily self evident in (your) panels 3 to 11. And I’d say in particular, those in 4 & 5 !

    In it’s “time” (the sixties), they must have seemed ‘alluring’, ‘seductive’, perhaps ‘Over the Top . . . ’particularly’ for the strips Young Readers

    Gould certainly knew how to get those “hooks” into his susceptible(?) readers . . . and as I recall, in his final 15 months, did it (in part) ‘again’ - with Perfume Plenty !