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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 2 hours ago

    Is Purdy Fallar really a vegetable?

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 2 hours ago

    Note the two razor sharp nails on Purdy’s middle fingers. These were used as weapons to slash and kill.

    This shows Purdy’s right hand. The left hand we have seen of Mr. Bigg showed no razor nails but Purdy’s left hand was not known to have the razor nails even though the nails on his right hand became a major point in the plot.

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 2 hours ago

    The first murder in space was committed by the 52 Gang.

    And, since we have only seen the hands of Mr. Bigg, it should be noted that Purdy Fallar was known for his beautifully manicured hands.

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 3 hours ago

    I usually right-click but sometimes I forget, so I liked to have it in my links to others who didn’t think to right-click or didn’t know how, because on a page like Dick Tracy with a lot of comments, it’s a multi-step process to get back to where you were.

    Part of the problem is that the comments board on GoComics is an antique (written in Javascript) that does not allow for threading of comments. This requires you to scroll back and forth to see what people are responding to. Yeah, I know it looks cool to have each comment box resemble a comic strip dialogue balloon that points to the avatar of the commentor but with more sophisticated chat boards on other sites, this all seems out of date. GoComics should join the modern world as regards to the way that their chat boards are handled.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 3 hours ago

    Ye Gods, I think Ray Toler (… and any others who’d suspected as such) was right about the Blackhearts being the 21st Century equivalent of “The 52 Gang.”

    The revival of the 52 Gang seems like the logical answer to the Black Hearts question. However, knowing Mike’s ability to throw curve balls, he may be teasing us and things could turn out quite differently.

    The 52 Gang and the Space Coupe were introduced in the same story which began in August of 1962 with a phone call from Diet Smith asking Tracy to come and see his new invention (the Space Coupe).

    Although the picture you posted seems like the heads are in shadows, in fact their heads are covered by full-head masks without mouth or eye holes. During the course of the story, Tracy goes undercover and disguises himself as a gang member. He marvels at the fact that their masks, while fully covering the face, allowed full visibility through the fabric. Each gang memnber was assigned a name based upon a playing card and you are correct that each member wore a shirt with his playing card emblazoned on the front. The gang members wore their masks at all times (even when relaxing at their private country club on top of a mesa in the Dakotas and it was implied that the gang members did not know each other’s identities.

    After Tracy dropped napalm on their mesa country club, the gang wanted to surrender to the police. However, Queen of Spades (who was now in charge after the death of the King of Spades who was shot into orbit and the succeeding leader Ace of Spades was apprehended) refused to allow them to surrender forcing them all to burn up in the fire by holding them at bay with a machine gun. Following their deaths, Queen of Spades committed suicide by jumping from the mesa. All members of the 52 gang perished with the exception of Ace of Spades who turned out to be a petty criminal and murderer named Little Notting and is in custody.

    The Black Hearts (a veiled playing card reference?), the patterns on Venus’ costumes, the playing card decor in her office, the desire to be an international crime cartel, and their desire to steal a space coupe connect the group to the 52 Gang in style and motivation at least.

    But since the 52s all perished (except Little Notting), the gang could only resurface with a new leader, whom we now know as Mr. Bigg but B-B Eyes recognizes as someone else.

    Who is that person? Hopefully, Mike doesn’t tease us too long before the disclosure. But obviously after the gang was wiped out, someone we will recognize has stepped in to fill the void.

    As Sydney pointed out, Mr. Intro would be a logical choice. He kept his face concealed and was stricken with arthritis in his hand (similar to the arthritic hand we have seen from Mr. Bigg. Still, Intro kept his identity concealed so how could B-B Eyes recognize his face?

    We have been promised an upcoming story featuring Notta Fallar. The Intro storyline involved a gold smuggling plot by Notta’s brother Purdy and Intro.

    Intro was supposedly vaporized when Tracy used a Moon weapon to disintegrate the yacht Intro was using for a headquarters. Eventually Purdy was frozen to death when he tried to escape in the vacuum of the Moon but was revived (in a zombie-like existence) by the mad scientist Dr. Klipoff. We have seen that Notta now cares for her invalid brother but the question is now: "Is Purdy Fallar actually the invalid he seems to be?

    There are many intesting questions and connections to past storylines and characters that offer possiblities for the current arc. We’ll see if Mike weaves all of these things together or again surprises us with something completely different.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    I’m not that familiar with the “52” gang. Could Mr. Bigg be someone from that group?

    It could very well be the return of the 52 Gang. They were the first to steal a Space Coupe (in 1962) and the first to kill a man by dumping him through the ejection hatch. Their plan was to use the coupe to expand their empire around the world especially Europe. All of the playing card references seem to fit.

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    It’s Art Dekko. You couldn’t forget that face.
    Dekko worked for the Apparatus stealing art works. Johnny Adonis was a major character in the original Art Dekko story.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    It adds an extra element of fun to the strip that otherwise wouldn’t be there.
    I agree.

    Mike Curtis is obviously a fan of nostalgia and I would not take a writer very seriously if he didn’t include elements of his own personality in his writings.

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    I had always considered B-B Eyes, Mumbles, et. al as henchmen of the Apparatus. I had always thought that the core Apparatus were the cadre of smoking men in a card gaming room. I took it to mean that only 2 of that core group were still alive.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    Closed coffin, eh? I guess the 70-lb. film canister didn’t exactly “leave a beautiful corpse…” (Woo gosh, Blowtop! looks like you’re the last surviving member of the Jones family.)
    Nope. There are still Hi-top, Poptop, Sharptop, and Frizzletop and probably more. It was a large family.