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  1. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    When LOA ended its run, weren’t Punjab and the Asp still missing?

    Yeah, looks like Doc Wonmug will soon be appearing.

    Having read all of the EC Weird Science and Weird Fantasy titles from the 50’s, which examined time travel from every conceivable angle, I’ll be curious to see how this arc plays out. One of those plots involved a time loop in which events occurred over and over – LOA used that plot as well at one point. Since this is a strip in which very few villains ever seem to die (are we sure the Fifth and Flyface were done in this last time?) maybe that is already taking place. Gould probably regretted killing Flattop off, and his substitutes, Angeltop, Blowtop, etc. just don’t do the job.

    Interesting, so long as it doesn’t incur an Angus-style lapse in logic.

  2. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    Axel was the “villain” in the Mad Magazine parody “Little Orphan Melvin” circa 1953. He’s been around that long.

    I think the Alley thing was just a throwaway nod to Alley Oop. If you’ve never seen the original V T Hamlin strips of Alley Oop, you’ve missed things! It was a great strip through the 1960’s.

    Dick Tracy was so awful in the early 1980’s, that my paper dropped it right in the middle of the Angeltop continuity. It’s definitely gotten better. Does anyone here remember Smallmouth Bass and the heart thieves in the 60’s?

    LOA in the late 1960’s was as violent a strip as has ever seen the comics pages. Harold Gray decided to go out with a blaze of glory, and he sure did. There was one continuity where the Asp rescued Annie and had his henchmen treat the villain to the Death of a Thousand Cuts. Just barely out of panel too.

  3. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    I don’t have the name of who sent the 1937 ANNIE strip. but whoever it was, it was Great ! Thank you, it’s a long link, but very interesting reading.

    Read the Anne link you posted. The whole story and now I get it. Harold Gray . Great writer.

    You’re welcome. Be sure to check out that whole site to see Classic Annie fighting the Nazis.

    Once again:
    http://www.stuartliss.com/loahp/mram.html

    If you didn’t notice, Mr. Am brings Warbucks and the Asp back from the dead in the 1937 continuity. I AM, indeed.

    I too am concerned about this strip doing too much too soon and simultaneously. I like LOA and was sorry to see it canceled. Of course, I was one of the last 12 people to read Steve Roper and Mike Nomad before it was canceled.

  4. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    http://www.stuartliss.com/loahp/ammain.html

    The complete 1937 Mr. Am continuity.

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

    I concur with many of the sentiments above – this story arc is really making no sense. ‘Confused’ is how I would characterize it. Probably as a result of juggling too many simultaneous plots.

    So – let me get this straight – Tabby allegedly realizes that he has been ratted out after all and flees (casually) on horseback to a radio station, where he impulsively decides to steal a car and abandon his thirsty prize racehorse. He then commits additional crimes (assault and battery, attempted kidnapping, illegal possession of a firearm) in full view of witnesses, definitively overpowers two armed members of the MCS, who for some reason repeatedly hesitate to shoot him, and flees to the top of the radio station’s transmitter tower, which has a perfect vantage point for an as-yet-unrevealed part of his scheme. Is that correct?

    Sorry, guys; I’ve been reading Dick Tracy since 1959 (Flyface’s first appearance) and even in the darkest days of the previous administration one didn’t find this much confusion and as many WTF moments as we are seeing here. I hope it gets better, but pulling a rabbit out of this hat is going to be tough. Obviously, Montana Joe will be involved in the finale, whatever that is going to be.

  6. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    I don’t know about this – there’s really no excuse for what happens between panels 2 and 3. In real life, Angus would have been shot (dead fish dead, too) had he been foolish enough to try to take out two cops with their weapons trained on him at that apparent distance.

    And we STILL don’t know what the !@W#$ Angus was up to here; at this time he doesn’t yet know that the corrupt investigator he had in his pocket had ratted him out to Tracy.

    If my previous theory is correct, tomorrow we will see Tracy and Sam rescued by Jar Jar Binks.

  7. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    This is a really bizarre continuity at the moment; why on earth did Angus commit such an obvious series of crimes with so many witnesses around? Great risk but little reward.

    I hope and pray that scripting duties here have not fallen to George Lucas, as the writing in this story arc would suggest.

  8. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 9 months ago

    I am disappointed in this 3rd death trap, but at least it wasn’t a cliched acid bath that Tracy had to swim.

    In my work, I am around concrete pours and the density of wet cement is about double that of water. One just doesn’t sink in it as Kadaver did, and it is so viscous that one can almost walk across it. But the most critical issue is that concrete sets rapidly. Unless Kadaver filled that 3rd trap just before Tracy entered that room (very doubtful) then it would have set up to the point where Tracy could indeed have walked across it. And that looked like a lot of concrete – how did Kadaver get a mix truck down there?

  9. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy 9 months ago

    Personally, I found this much-anticipated continuity to be a letdown, and one with gaping plot holes. While highly superior to the previous writer/artist team, the current team is obviously capable of disappointing work as well. Please let it be just a bug and not a feature.

    Put yourself in Kadaver’s place – would you have been waiting for Tracy with a sword cane or an automatic weapon? Yeah, me too.

  10. btmosley GoComics Pro Member commented on Dick Tracy over 1 year ago

    It’s probably an Obama poster.