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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    So Smith admits that he lied, and Tracy already knew that. Smith presumes that the doctors were on board, and Tracy already suspected that, too. So, nothing has really changed, but it’s all out in the open now. I think they’re still friends, and another loose end is tied up for us readers.
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    The conversation is not over yet. I think this will be much more than just tying up a loose end.

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Your poems always give me a smile.

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    There’s something about this whole animators sequence that seems to have spawned a more minimalist style of art in the last couple of weeks, but Joe’s art does often contain lots of detail
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    I believe Joe is juggling three separate styles in this arc. The Vera/Scott cartoony style, the Harold Gray style with Kolossal, and his own style with Angus. It is easy to see the three styles in the strip a couple of days ago:


  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Well, Vera has two PhDs (In Science and History), and he is a recognized artist. Both he and Sparkle were celebrities. Sometimes those types of personalities can clash. And it is not unreasonable to believe Vera got a little too big for his britches and had an affair. It wouldn’t be the first time for two married celebrities.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    Missouri allows smoking in restaurants if non-smoking areas are available.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    Yep, in the old days, Tracy used to give the villains what for! He was quite a tough guy.


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  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    Is there a date on this strip?
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    The strips were from May 1932.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    The point I was making was that if the strip were set in its original period, crimefighting by Tracy would have a different paradigm. Different time periods accepted different behavior. I don’t know if you have ever seen the TV show Copper. Suspects seem to receive a lot of beatings from the cops and no one bats an eye. Different period/different accepted behavior.

    Most bios of Gould discuss his disdain for Supreme Court decisions in the 1960s which insured more rights for the accused. Gould was criticized as being too right wing for having Tracy rail against these decisions in the strip. It was after this criticism that Gould brought in the fantastic elements of the Moon Era where ironically those laws did not apply.

    There is an interesting article which discusses Tracy’s tough guy personae versus the rights of the accused. LINK

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    This may not have been to elicit a confession but Tracy gave Big Boy a beating that would be illegal for cops today.


  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    Looks like Kolossal has lost a little weight over the years.