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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 9 hours ago

    I think the only significance is that it sets the scene and tells us that we’re in wartime and the clubhouse has the purpose of fighting for the war effort by ordinary citizens like Annie.
    I agree that it sets the scene however there were plenty of slogans during WWII which would have also set the scene. Why the repetition of this particular slogan?

    We have been interviewing a ship’s captain and on July 22, Diet Smith referred to a “Mystery Ship” as being part of his time travel experiments.

    I’m not so sure the reappearance of the slogan is simply cosmetic.

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 9 hours ago

    I actually think the double-breasted suit looks good.

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy about 10 hours ago

    Loose lips sink ships….Where have we heard that before in this arc and what is its meaning in this context? Although it was a popular slogan during WWII, the fact that it has now appeared several times in this arc is obviously important. There were many common slogans during WWII. What is the significance of the reappearance of this particular one?

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    I loved your DT/L&A/Annie radio crossover documentary. Very well done.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Gould had his sci-fi moon period, but he never had anyone magically disappear

    Gould had magical and supernatural moments and plot devices. Flattop Jr. was haunted by the ghost of skinny who hung around his neck and on his back. When Jr. died, we saw Skinny’s ghost being released and flying to glory.

    In the Sharptop story, Sharptop is possessed by the spirit of Flattop.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Some people crave reunions, lively talk of days gone by
    Get old pals together, rapidly the time does fly…
    Pequod77, you’ve done it again!

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days 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.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Has Sam stopped smoking?

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

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 8 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.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 9 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.