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  1. Ken in Ohio commented on Wallace the Brave about 21 hours ago

    Is it my imagination, or is that tiny flower at their feet actually responding to the action? First it looks at the little kid running up and then turns to look up at the mother! Clever.

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Naaah… that’s not Phisface’s m.o. he’s a computer scammer, and the only tie to marine life he had was that his hq was in the basement of the aquarium

    Well, I think the other idiosyncrasy about Phishface was that he ate copious amounts of sushi.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 4 days ago

    Here’s a video of the Cheater Gunsmoke episode from The Dick Tracy Show. We never saw his face until now.

    I watched that cartoon version of Dick Tracy when I was a kid, and I guess for a few weeks I was pretty enthused. But then I began to realize that Tracy hardly ever did anything in the show, and the other “cop” characters were quite silly, what with axes floating in midair while they talked to Tracy on their radios, and other cartoon nonsense.
    The latest book from IDW Tracy reprint series has several paragraphs about this show. Amazingly, it appears that Chester Gould was all in favor. I would have thought he would have been insulted by the silliness. Maybe (the writer of the article sort of suggests) it’s because Gould’s first cartoon submissions, before he struck Tracy gold, were of the “bigfoot” variety. It is said that Gould always enjoyed that sort of humor. In any case, looking back on it now, that cartoon show had almost nothing to do with the real Dick Tracy!

  4. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 5 days ago

    Very, very well written critique in your post above. You put into words my own thoughts and elaborated beyond what I had thought of.

  5. Ken in Ohio commented on Brevity 6 days ago

    O.K. I get the joke – but why is the “J” backwards?

  6. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    I like the pun in the first frame (I like puns anyway) where the familiar phrase “den of iniquity” (iniquity = sin) gets transformed into the “den of inequity” (equity = money that is invested). I’m sure sure if it was a typo or was intentional but it’s kind of clever.

    “Inequity” means a lack of fairness; an injustice. Which is very appropriate for a gambling establishment, where (so I am told) the odds all always rigged in favor of the house..

    Thanks for pointing out the pun. I missed it, although I thought the word looked odd and wondered at first if it was misspelled.

  7. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    Just looked it up – Pimpernel was published in 1905, and a stage play by the writer had been successful in London before the book came out.

  8. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    Where does ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ fall along the timeline?

    I think the Scarlet Pimpernel was before Zorro, speculation being that it was one of Johnston McCulley’s inspirations when he wrote the first Zorro story.

  9. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 9 days ago

    And the very first costumed hero!

    Zorro came first – 1919. The Phantom arrived in comics in 1936, I believe.

  10. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    Tracy knows to leave it be. He is on vacation and the whole police departments can’t handle it then something is wrong with the police. And the case is none of his business unless told.

    What you say is absolutely true, as far as a real-life police dept. goes. I was thinking more along the lines of how Tracy has been depicted, over the years, and especially by Gould.