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Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

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  1. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Either Mr. Bigg fed Méliès a load of nonsense about why he needed the space coupe or his knowledge of actual gold mining in next to nil.

    Since the Moon has no active geology there is nothing to concentrate the gold into veins as on Earth and so you are left with ore mining.

    The BEST ore to rock ratio on Earth (Tau Tona, Africa) is 28 grams of gold per TON of rock and the majority of deposits are in the 0.71 gram per ton range. Unless Mr Bigg was planning on setting up a refining plant on the Moon the space coupe was going to be making an an insane amount of commutes. In fact, Mr Bigg would have made more money from the rare earths known to be on the Moon.

    More over unless the Blackhearts have inside knowledge shouldn’t the issue of there being an advanced civilization on the Moon come up?

    In fact, NASA discovered the Moon is loaded with titanium which the Governor of the Moon claimed lack of was his reason for wanting to steal the space coupe. Also Diet Smith had more then one of those things so the plans to build one should still be around.

  2. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    I think you are confusing things here.

    Michael Jackson’s pet chimp was named Bubbles and he was nicknamed ‘Wacko Jacko’.

    Now there is a Mark “Jacko” Jackson who was a Australian rules footballer that was in some Energizer commercials.

    Then there is Robin Jackson who was nicknmaked Jacko as well as The Jackal.

    So who knows WHAT this is referencing?

    There is also a An Inspector ‘Jacko’ Jackson Mystery series by Frank Palmer in the 1990s

  3. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    I took it to be crime slang for “stolen cocaine”.

  4. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    Except the switch goes to the old line which should still exit the tunnel. So why would Jimmy Choo Shooz need to know where the secret tunnel was? Just take the car to the old exit and unload it there.

    As I keep saying the Clue Club cartoon is a better match then this book.

  5. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    Ok I have several questions.

    How does this qualify as a copycat of the 1924 crime?

    What does this have to do with taking the car itself down a side tunnel? As I said that is more Clue Club then this.

    Personally I think Team Tracy dropped the ball a bit with the back story as it only tangentally relates.

    It’s kind of sad when a 1970s cartoon is a better fit then this book.

  6. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 4 months ago

    The Clue Club crime I mentioned previously fits better. In fact, there are so many differences I fail to see how this is a “Copycat crime”.

  7. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    There may be only four copies of the book but the idea has been use in fiction several times.

    For example, the 1976 Clue Club cartoon used a variant of this very idea in “The Vanishing Train Caper”. The twist there was there were forward and back guard trains and the side line had been laid and then dismantled. The plan was to melt down the gold bars and pass the off as nuggets out of a nearby gold mine.

    In another show (1960s I think) a special device was used to defeat the autobreaking system and the car in question was decoupled in the middle of the train and a decline was used to recouple the two parts of the train after the car was shifted to a sideline.

    Point is the IDEA has been used in fiction and somebody bright enough could make it a reality.

  8. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    You have to laugh at the stories aobut Fort Knox that pop up. For example, the tabloid The Globe claimed in 1981 that 300 truckloads of gold were simply driven away. ( http://www.knology.net/~bilrum/811215_FtKnoxGold_globe.jpg )

    But seriously given how much technology seems to be above ours (Fusion power is possible for example) Fort Knox in Tracyworld is likely not as safe as in our world.

  9. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 5 months ago

    Note how the line of what first appears to be Bigg’s “stomach” goes BEHIND T-Bolt so that is actually part of the background.

    Also the Penguin tends to wear white dress gloves (though not always). Note that Mr Bigg has “returned” while as far as we know Cobblepot has never been in Tracy’s town.

    Also in the DC world Cobblepot is more hands on then Mr Bigg is.

  10. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 6 months ago

    Dead or out cold the Silvers still have a problem. Remember that Stiletta has the man that drove her to the Silvers still sitting out there waiting for her to return. How long before he decides to see what is taking his boss so long?