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  1. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 23 hours ago

    More often, it is a caricature with a different name, but I do recall Gould slipping Ed Sullivan into the strip a couple of times – but then, the Plentys were watching him on TV, and, as always, they mispronounced his name.

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

    Boy, do I agree with you who have said that jewelry advertisements are annoying and wrong-spirited. According to them, the woman is not asking herself “Will he treat me with decency and respect, will he be willing to lay down his life for me, is he trustworthy?” All she wants to know is “how much did he spend on the ring?” I hope most women are not that shallow, but our culture is sure pushing the wrong ideas.

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

    I’ve been praying for you and your Mom, especially after I saw your post a few days ago. My Mom passed in October. Rest in the assurance we have in Jesus!

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

    panel 3, Lizz’ Wrist Wizard is beeping. Another message is coming in.

    Yes, I see the “radio lines” – Gould used to use them to indicate that the radio was turned on, even between transmissions. Don’t know if Mike and Joe mean a call is actually coming in, or they could also mean that it’s on, awaiting the next transmission.

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

    It’s just the way it is and I suppose has always been. I kind of cringe every time I write “Tracy” along with someone else’s first name, but it seems like almost no-one is on a first-name basis with Tracy, Sr.

    You are right, it is a tradition from the beginning of the strip. But, it is almost like an informal, first name thing, because it is not Mr Tracy, just Tracy. Every once in a while, someone will call him by Dick, but it is not very often. I remember once when I was a kid, reading the Mary Steele story, and Sam said “I tell you, Dick, the kid’s got something” – it was actually jarring to me, because it was so unusual. Calling him Tracy is , in some odd way, within the atmosphere of the strip, a term of respect. Even Jr. calls him that. This particular point was handled very well in the 1990s movie – the relationship between Tracy and Jr. When he calls him Tracy, it seems perfectly natural to me.

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

    Chester Gould made a point of referring to Lizz as “The department’s top marksman” and showed several occasions where she made perfect hits, so it might have been expected that Lizz would have shot the tires out here. But, Mark Jeffrey made some very good points above about how, in this situation, shooting first might not be such a good idea. We’ll have to see how this plays out.

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

    The panel of Lizz is surely from the pen of Chester Gould, but I do not recognize the story. What story did that come from, and who is speaking off panel to her? Thank you.

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

    An argument i’ll never win; Dick Locher was winding down but rather than wait for his eventual retirement and honor his body of work a select few posters choose to constantly ridicule him. I’m aware very few see it as I do.

    I think you are absolutely right! There is no point in constantly reminding everyone about Mr. Locher’s less quality work. In the early days of his run on the strip, I think it looked quite good. I personally did not care for the “squished” look of the characters, but I think that came about because of size restrictions. Anyway, I wish we could show respect to Mr. Locher, even though most of us do prefer Mr. Staton’s art.

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

    as far as Gruesome’s criminal proclivities go… he is.. by his own admission… a BANK ROBBER NOT A MURDERER

    Actually, Gruesome said exactly the opposite when conferring with the doctor in the Oct 27 strip. His confederate was asking how they would continue without funds, and he said: “Doctor, I’m a murderer, not a bank robber.”
    I thought that was odd, in light of subsequent strips that mentioned he was responsible for a string of bank robberies, but, that is what he said – I looked it up to be sure.

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

    My thought was that somehow, Sam got his Wrist Wizard back after escaping from the trunk. Several others have also suggested that Gruesome left it backstage, not wanting to risk having it on him while on stage, and Sam picked it up. That’s possible. It is things like this that I kind of wish the writers would make clear, because we readers sure do speculate a lot about all these seemingly loose ends.