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Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

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  1. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 7 days ago

    The whole “Nazi bomber” comes off as a little silly as D-Day was June 6, 1944 which put the Nazis on the defensive. Victory Through Air Power (1943) showed the limits of aerial warfare.

    Just *where*in the US is Simmons Corners supposed to be? (Yes I know that originally it was in a “Tucker country”)

    Or is the whole fear of Nazi aircraft part of Axel’s brainwashing to address any aircraft that does wander into the airspace?

  2. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 8 days ago

    Actually, the star symbol dates all the way back to 1919 (it had a red dot in the center). The side bars were added in June 1943 but the “racing stripe” of the USAF did not appear until 1947. ( http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq2-1.htm )

    The design appears to be the blue border used from Sept 1943 to Jan 1947. If they are in the present Axel should be a lot more worried then he appears.

  3. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 15 days ago

    Well Terry and the Pirates did have Hotshot Charlie (Charles C. Charles) and the picture next to him looks a lot like Steve Canyon. On a side note near the end of the its run Steve Canyon would have Steve dream he was in an earlier war.

    One of the longer sequences I still remember was Steve Canyon dreaming of being in the Great War. Strangely his knowledge of the future in the story varies; he talks about the Nazis after seeing a Swastika painted on an American plane and yet later has a total non reaction to meeting Adolf Hitler. The story ends as did many of his dream sequences with someone being shaken awake which was actually Steve being shaken awake in the real world.

  4. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 15 days ago

    Not sure but the picture picture next to him looks like Steve Canyon and the name of one of the characters in Terry and the Pirates was Hotshot Charlie. So that last panel may be a homage to Milton Caniff.

  5. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 25 days ago

    The one thing I don’t understand is Tracy not doing more then just sending an e-mail…like having a file on his computer’s desktop telling everybody where he went.

    In fact, one of the features of the MacOS is that the files you had open when you shut down will reopen when you restart the machine. So have a file telling people where you went so when they reboot the computer they know what happened.

    Let’s face it in terms of how Tracy handled this (not having a wrist radio back up or leaving more then one reference to where he was going) he was NOT at the top of his game.

  6. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy 29 days ago

    I guess Influence has developed a vanity issue as last time we saw him (way back in the 1980s) his hair was white. That is also when we learn about his religious conversion in prison, early parole, and using his skills to help the Texas state police and the FBI. He along with the Mole and Pear Shape attended the wedding of Sparkly Plenty and Junior Tracy.

  7. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Tracy said on June 25, 2014 that Thunder Island was “privately owned by the US government” (whatever that meant) and leased to the private sector. It is possible that it has restricted air space.

    On a side note I think it was kind of dumb for Tracy not to at least have a back up before he went off to Thunder Island. At least take a wrist radio with you.

  8. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Again, Annie’s comments don’t jive with what has happened before. Her coded letter gave a location not a year. More over it was sent to a person who in 1944 did NOT exist as Sparkle Plenty wasn’t even born until 1947 and her fame didn’t really hit critical mass until 1949. It is beginning to sound more and more like she hasn’t entirely escaped Belinda.

  9. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    I was thinking the village of the prisoner which was on a similar scale.

  10. Maximara commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Actually being in 1944 would_not_ explain Annie’s letter as even ignoring the sliding time scale Dick Tracy now uses Sparkle wasn’t even born until 1947 and her singing career wasn’t until at least 1949 when she was two.

    More importantly B O Plenty and Gravel Gertie didn’t even meet until 1946 when Diet Smith gave him what had been originally planned to be the Sunny Dell Acres (it was not suited for development).

    So Annie’s letter was to a person that in 1944 hadn’t even been born, to a couple to hadn’t even met, and whose home didn’t even exist. Uhhh.