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

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 2 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.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 5 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.

  4. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 6 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.

  5. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 7 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.

  6. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 8 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.

  7. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 8 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.

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

    Sam is currently wearing an old – Wrist RADIO . . .
    Not a Wrist Wizard – That was taken by Gruesome along with his gun !


    Sydney, I don’t think that’s right. I enlarged the image, and the device on his wrist looks like the newer Wrist Wizard, even though he is saying “Wrist Radio”, because he is quoting the magazine spoof. The old radios were square edged; this device has the rounded edges of the Wizard.

  9. Ken in Ohio commented on Frazz 10 days ago

    Hope is a dangerous thing to have.

    From “Shawshank Redemption”:

    “Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing”

    and later. . .

    “I hope I make it across the border. I hope the ocean is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope to see my friend again. I hope. . .”

    Every time I see the end of that movie, and hear those lines, I get chills. Hope is a good thing.

    Of course, Red was talking about hope for the future in this life. There is also hope for the next life, in Jesus Christ. I hope you find that. Peace.

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

    Yes, they “have a situation” but the stage director was told that Gruesome would be arrested during the intermission, so that explains why he was all nervous when Gruesome came walking back toward the stage, straightening his tie. He’d already been told that “Mr. Cushing” was wanted by the police.

    O.K., I get that, but in the December 2 strip, the director asks Mel. O. Dee “The curtain is about to go up. Have you seen Chris?” That doesn’t sound like he knew Chris was about to be arrested – and who told him that? Tracy may have, after calling in for backup and before rejoining Tess in the audience, I suppose.

    I think you’re right about Sam, but will Gruesome go quietly, or realize the audience is a ready-made shield for his get-away?