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Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

Dick Tracy

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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Perhaps Snuffy’s moonshine is the secret ingredient in Professor Kenyon’s formula…

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Macy shoulda brought BO with him. He knows his way around them thar hills. Ptooey!

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Jughaid bribed Mayor Armstrong to get Tracy on special assignment.

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Well, Tracy found Annie. What’s he going to do now, figure out who framed Roger Rabbit? Looks like he just dropped in to Toontown. Even the Crimestoppers Textbook drawing looks toony. Actually, I think Mike is just softening us up for a future crossover with Hot Stuff the little devil.

    Or, is this the animated movie Vera Aldid was making, now produced by Kane Studios? Anyway, this is silly.

    Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    See final post yesterday for a message to you from Mike Curtis.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 11 days ago

    Thanks to Comic Kingdom. I have to have my daily dose of Dick Tracy. Another excellent analysis, Pequod.

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    When we first meet Mr. Am his is a mysterious fellow who has direct knowledge of the past and some say he is millions of years old. (You can find the story on the Internet.)
    I have posted the link to the story you reference in my comment above.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    Back in the Harold Gray era Warbucks and Annie were hiding out from some murderers in the South American jungle in a secret home Warbucks owned. They discovered that up river from them Mr. Am was conducting an archeological excavation with what appeared to be ancient Egyptian slaves doing all of the digging. Annie questioned Am about the use of slaves. Am chuckled and stated that he had no slaves, they were all doing it willingly for him.

    Here is a link to the first Am story:

    First Story of Mr. Am

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    Your speech had a nice clean ending.
    Thanks, Ray !
    It was almost as long as Tracy’s speech today.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    I read comic strips each day because I enjoy them. I am in an artistic profession and enjoy seeing the work of many of the current comic strip artists.

    I read several comic strips each day. Some, like the gag-a-day strips, are quickly read and forgotten rarely providing me with a degree of humor that elicits more hilarity than say, a wisecrack from a friend or co-worker. I might snicker or roll my eyes but these strips are quickly read and quickly forgotten for me.

    Other strips garner more of my attention. I read Dick Tracy because I just particularly have always liked it. I appreciate all that goes into both writing and illustrating a daily strip. It is a never-ending task that never lets up. The writer cannot have the luxury of a writer’s block. The show—‘er the strip—must go on. The next story must be told. No matter what, a comic strip writer must be creative every day to create every story.

    With this constant grind and demand, obviously not all stories will be masterpieces. That holds true even for Gould. Some of his stories were sleepers and some will be forever remembered. The same holds true for every writer or artist who has worked on Dick Tracy. That said, each writer has his own particular style of writing. Some writers are more straight forward in their presentation. Some weave plots that are more complicated. Each has had their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Should I be “outraged” if a particular story doesn’t meet my individual standard? While I do spend more time each day thinking about the DT plot and admiring the artwork than with the other strips I read (although I am a great admirer of Scanerelli), it has never become so important to me that I would find myself “outraged” by the plot of a comic strip.

    Nor am I offended by the difference between what can happen in the Tracy universe as compared to what is possible in real life. I consider the three panels a day that I am presented with to be my escapist time. If Tracy can float around in a flying garbage can then Axel can recreate a 1944 village. In other words: As real life, DT is totally unbelievable and fantastic; as a comic strip, I look forward to my 3 panels a day with anticipation.

    Do I have criticisms? Sometimes. Nobody’s perfect. I am frustrated that the stories do not always end cleanly. And, although I understand that the loose ends can lead to future stories, sometimes the duration between the loose end and when it’s finally picked up again is so long that I have forgotten the reference. Still to me this criticism is small. The proponents of strict realism should find the loose ends to their taste. In real life things rarely end cleanly. Even when police get convictions on a case, all of the facts and motives are rarely known.

    I thought the Annie story was fun. It could have been less talky and more action could have occurred in panel (Axel cuffing Fritz-Ann). More tension could have been raised by having Tracy and Annie almost discovered by Axel while meeting in her clubhouse or peeping through the hole in the wall. The fight between Punjab, Asp, and Axel’s goons could have taken place in a Sunday strip where we could have had more panels of the big battle (I would have liked to have seen Joe’s rendition of a longer fight).

    Still, the bottom line is, “Was I entertained?” And I have to answer, “Yes.” It wasn’t the best story but it wasn’t the worst and it kept me entertained and I enjoyed the crossover. What more do I want from a comic strip? Now on to the next story.