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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    Mike Curtis posted on Facebook that the Annie story will end on Oct. 9.

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 8 days ago

    Alaska Packard Davidson (1868–1934) became the first female Special Agent in 1922, at the age of 54. She only served for two years before being asked to resign by newly-appointed Director J. Edgar Hoover. It wasn’t until 1972, shortly after Hoover’s death and the passing of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, that women once again joined the forces of the FBI


  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 8 days ago

    You could very well be correct. I am just saying that the groundwork is being laid if a spin off is warranted.

    At any rate, I’m sure Mike is creative enough to handle more than one story line at a time as he did when he was at Harvey. And Joe could pencil 6 panels a day with his usual perfection.

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 8 days ago

    I disagree, Neil. There is a new “adapted” Annie movie coming out so there must be some interest in the character even if it is updated and adapted.

    In addition, the Tribune company is in bankruptcy and is being broken up and sold off. Consequently, they are trying to maximize the value of their properties, including their comic strip characters. While DC and Marvel create their “universes” on the movie and TV screens along with their comic books, Mike and Joe have been creating a Tribune universe with all of the crossovers utilizing Tribune-owned characters.

    There must have been some thought of this when the decision was made to do this crossover. If there is no interest in Annie, why do this crossover? However, if this crossover generates interest then perhaps the “old” property has a “new” future. I don’t necessarily say that a new Annie revival will result from this but I still believe it is an audition (or test run) and who better to do it than the team who not only revived Dick Tracy but have won the Harvey for two years in a row for that old continuity strip genre that nobody cares for anymore.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    Comic usually go belly up for a good reason.

    The Dick Tracy strip was also going belly up before Mike and Joe took over. It seems that after their revival of DT they would be the perfect team to revive Annie.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    Perhaps Axel is telling the truth about the time bubble and the failed time experiment. Perhaps the rescue squad has passed through the barrier without knowing it. Perhaps Daddy, Asp, Punjab and Annie will opt to stay in 1944 and that will be the basis for a reboot of the Annie strip. I have always thought that this story looks like an audition for a revival of Little Orphan Annie and have said so before.

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 11 days ago

    Thanks, Syd, for your thoughts and good analysis.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    " . . . lets hope the surprise attack comes quickly before Alex figures things out … etc"
    Thought – this was an on the ground ‘INTELLEGENCE GATHERING’ mission, one headed, defined, and authorized by the FBI’s Agent – Fritz Ann ? (8-30-14)

    Guess it’s possible that events could overtake the group, and they would have to defend themselves.

    Actually,.given the script – she hardly seems to be leading anything (?) – other than a question to Tracy (9-16-14) asking about what’s going on !

    We may have to question Axel’s leadership qualities today, suspicious yes, but not the brightest bulb in the room ?
    Seems ‘Light Years’ behind the thinking that was able to ANTICIPATE Tracy’s arrival, and deal with it so effectively, down to having uniforms, badges – etc already in place ?

    I don’t believe Axel’s sentries anticipated Tracy’s arrival. I believe that they caught Tracy, drugged him, put him in the hospital and kept him unconcious all the while subcounciously brainwashing him until clothing and a back story could be developed to explain his presence in Simmons Corners.

    Fritz Ann may not seem to be leading the mission but the mission has changed. The mission was to save Annie. None of the rescuers knew about Axel or the fake town until they got there. No one, including Tracy, knows the why of this elaborate setup.

    I agree with you, Syd, there will likely be no surprise attack. They may be forced to defend themselves which would cause some action but it would be foolish to intentionally attack when they are not aware of the full extent of Axel’s defenses or the reason behind his deceptions.

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    Didn’t they give this poor girl any OTHER type of dress?

    In Gray’s strips, Annie wore fairly stylish and expensive clothing when she was with Daddy. When she found herself in an orphanage or workhouse, she was often drawn wearing the plaid uniform of the orphanage. The red dress was her general costume however sometimes Gray would add a belt or a different collar.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 15 days ago

    I am also wondering about Axel’s use of a short wave radio to communicate with his superiors. Unless he has some method of encrypting his communications, the airwaves are open to anyone who wants to listen.