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  1. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 1 hour ago

    O.K., I got it! Well done, well done!

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 1 hour ago

    Well, thanks to Tarry Plaguer for clearing up the translation of Mumbles e-mail. I really couldn’t see Mumbles using urban slang, asNeil suggested, because of his background. (He first appeared as a musician playing calypso style tunes while ripping off his audience, and his second appearance was after an extended stay in Jamaica.)

    As funny as today’s strip is, it brings up an interesting question. Mumbles has always been depicted as a rather lazy, sleepy eyed character who just can’t seem to put in enough effort to form his words correctly. But, here we see him using extra effort to translate his thoughts into the mumbled sentences in writing. Why would he do that? It’s a whole new look at his personality.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 20 hours ago

    That (having a fourth panel, with a little more exposition) would only serve to drag the story out.

    I started to agree with you, but then I remembered that Chester Gould’s very best work was done during the standard 4 panel days. Whatever else may be said about his stories, whether one prefers the “Moon Period” or the earlier, more detective oriented material, no one ever accused his work of dragging. He always wrote in such a way that his stories moved right along, and actually a great deal of that was because he had four panels a day to work with. His narratives flowed – but they were not stagnant.

  4. Ken in Ohio commented on Pop Culture Shock Therapy 1 day ago

    Very well done, sir!

  5. Ken in Ohio commented on Calvin and Hobbes 1 day ago

    But Calvin, what about sitting under a tree with a pile of brand new comic books? (Or even old ones, for that matter.)

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

    Sorry, but that’s just a lil TOO creepy for me

    I was just thinking the same thing while reading today’s strip. Here we have a woman who was so crazy to win that look alike contest that crimes were committed. (I really wasn’t following the Tracy strip back when all that happened, but others here have posted links to the story. Wasn’t her father involved in felonies related to that contest?) Now she’s all sisterly with Honeymoon, and no body thinks maybe that’s got at least a possible down side? I would think Jr. would have all kinds of warning bells going off in his head.

    The other thing is, Diet Smith isn’t a doctor. He’s an industrialist who hires scientists to invent things for his company. The ordinary thing for a family to do when puberty brings about odd changes is to seek out medical help. (Of course, there are no doctors with knowledge of lunar beings, so we have a dilemma.)

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

    Hi, richard schmidt! Welcome. I too am a big fan of Gould’s work and have a big drawer full of Tracy reprint material. I started buying the very well done IDW reprint hard bound books, which contain bonus material such as essays and historical context. My favorite period of Gould’s work is mid 40s thru late 50s. Be sure to jump in on the discussions that go on here!

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

    It’s really not so crazy to figure that Bonnie may have made other plans – perhaps she is with a group of friends. Jr. and Sparkle are not in the picture either – -perhaps they are over at B.O.’s place.

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

    Mike Connors as Mannix appeared on Dick Van Dyke’s show where he (Van Dyke) was an M.D. who consulted for a police department.

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

    If it is true that “snow-birds” from the North refer to Florida sand as “hot snow”, as some have said, then we have a double meaning here, because “snow” is definitely a slang for cocaine, and that would mean Mr. Bigg sent Mumbles on a sort of working vacation.