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Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 17 hours ago

    I must agree with Pequod77 that I consider this superb writing.

    The problem is that we only get 3 panels per day. I believe that the most celebrated, page-turning novel would seem slow and plodding if one only read 3 paragraphs per day. However, read in sequence in one sitting, the story moves along just fine and the scene changes are not jarring at all but seem to add to the suspense.

    I would suggest an experiment. Buy a copy of your favorite comic book, cut it up into 3-panel chunks and only read 3 panels per day until the comic is finished. It might take a month. Then report if the story was as exciting and action-packed as you expected or if the story was slow and plodding. Or, just try reading the strip once a week and read a week at a time and see how the story flows.

    In this particular DT arc I am not sure all of the exposition has been exposed yet. We, as readers, are still uncertain of the logic of what is happening and we are still being introduced to new characters. However, we anticipate that those questions will eventually be answered.

    We have discussed on this forum the idea of comic strip time running differently than “real” time. Comic strip time runs much slower—3 panels a day.

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 3 days ago

    Has Sam stopped smoking?

    I don’t know if he stopped smoking, but he is fuming pretty good today.

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    Another great poem, Pequod.

    Moon pies (a southern treat) on the anniversary of the first moon landing.

    Some complaints today about the strip not advancing the plot…It seems to me that every word does not necessarily have to advance the plot. Sometimes there is an interlude. Sometimes the “funny pages” just need to be funny. Gould often used humor and horseplay in his strips. I remember once the whole squad room held Tracy down and shaved off the moustache he had grown.

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    I have to agree with everyone who has complimented Joe’s artwork today.

    I must also say that Shelley’s inking on this arc has been superb, particularly her crosshatching and shading in the Harold Gray style.

    I admire both Joe and Shelley in the way that they have come up with a presentation that does not mimic Harold Gray’s style but suggests it by using perspectives and techniques common in the old-style strips of the 40s. Gray was never a great illustrator nor do I remember him using parallel (or slightly upward) perspective (where the characters are drawn straight-on feet touching the bottom of the panel—Gray’s characters were usually cut off at the knees). Parallel perspective was a technique used often by Dick Moores when he did Gasoline Alley but here with Shelley’s shading, it suggests heavily the older style while still highlighting Joe’s amazing illustrations.

    Usually, whoever does the coloring on the dailies for Go Comics gets hammered by the posters—most of it well deserved. However he/she deserves compliments on this arc. Apparently he/she has paid attention to both the artwork and the story line. Just as Joe’s artwork has changed in the Simmons Corners panels, so has the coloring. The use of muted and faded colors enhances the mood and mystery of the story.

    @JPuzzleWhiz yesterday: Can anyone tell me why that barber pole has black stripes, in addition to the traditional red, white and blue ones?

    Joe draws the panels in black and white. The black and hatched stripes on the pole were meant to represent the colored stripes. The colorist added the red and blue to Joe’s white stripes otherwise, the pole would have been only black and white.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Hmmm…wonder who wrote out Tracy’s schedule for him?

    Town Council meeting? Another mass hypnosis session?

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    I can’t wait… The Jot ’Em Down Store… I feel like a kid at Christmas!

    Are Lum and Abner hypnotized, too?

    I know, when they wake up, Lum’s big fight will have all been a dream. However they will find that during their trance they have moved the Jot Em Down store to Simmons Corners. Either that or we will discover that Axel is controlling the world from Pine Ridge, Arkansas.

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Check out the Lum and Abner comic strip here on Go Comics by Donnie Pitchford. You can also go to the website Lum and Abner Comic Strip where there is a radio recording of each strip with Donnie doing most of the voices.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 7 days ago

    Many radio programs only lasted 15 minutes in those days. 4:45 was the time the Little Orphan Annie came on each day.

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 7 days ago

    Does anyone else there hate Ovaltine? I always thought it tasted slightly medicinal. My father, who is of an age to have listened to the radio show, thinks the same way. For chocolate milk, I always preferred the syrups anyway.
    I only remember stirring and stirring and how hard it was to get it to dissolve in a glass of milk.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 8 days ago

    Mattie is now the inker for The Night Watchman strip from Big Bang and Image Comics.