A Recent Favorite:

Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

Gasoline Alley

Recent Comments

  1. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 19 hours ago

    Actually, the issue of Tracy changing from his uniform to his civilian clothes came up 8 days ago – here is what I wrote to another poster when he brought this up:

    Ok, when did Tracy have time to change out of his blue uniform into his traditional black suit?

    Why wouldn’t he have time to change?He told Annie he got off of work early, and had a civilian affair (a town council meeting) to attend at 7 pm. Shucks, even Barney Fife changed to “civies” for his evenings.

    This still seems like a perfectly reasonable explanation to me, and others this morning appear to agree with me. It is really a non-issue.

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

    2. Who’s to say Punjab can’t get his disappeared victims back again?

    If Mike and Joe remain true to the established “canon” of the LOA strip, my best recollection is that victims of Punjab’s disappearing act were not able to be retrieved. I think maybe Annie even asked him about that once, and he basically told her no, once they’re gone, they stay gone, although I can’t cite a specific reference for that.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    O.K. – I was wondering how far Mike and Joe would take the fantasy elements of “Orphan Annie”, which Harold Gray used fairly regularly, but which were never a part of Dick Tracy.

    But, even as part of this story, how smart was that move by Punjab? Annie was last known to be with this Butcher character, and now Punjab makes him disappear (which he did often in the “Annie” strip) – without asking him one single question concerning Annie’s whereabouts. Unless he expects to get answers from the ship’s captain, but the ship’s captain told Sam and Oliver Warbucks he didn’t know where she was.

    I don’t know about “jumping the shark”, as some have already said this morning. I knew right from the get go that there would be some issues blending the story telling styles of these two strips. But this is still “Dick Tracy” – so things should happen more or less like they do in Tracy’s world.

    Lots of questions in my mind about this.

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

    Does anyone remember a character complaining about the space flights before Sam’s comments today?

    Not the flights themselves so much, but I do remember Tracy lamenting to Junior “Kid, why can’t you pick a nice farm girl from Nebraska?” or words to that effect, after Junior wanted to marry Moon Maid, and they all ended up in a Moon prison for a while.

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

    Sorry for the typos:

    Tess looks very stunning and deeply concerned all at the same time; the art is quite good in all three panels.

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

    the only good thing about todays strip is that we get to see Lee Ebony.

    There are lots of good things about today’s strip: Sam showing his passion and venting his feelings; Diet Smith sweating, which probably means that this is a bigger deal than we think, or at least Diet is concerned that it might be; Lee is looking good, and is seen discovering a clue; Tess looks very stunning and deeply concerned all at the dame time; the art is quite good in all three pabnels.

    as chief of detectives, he should have left better notice as to where he was going… even a call to the “front desk” in the middle of the night to leave word for pat would have sufficed.

    I agree with you on this; Tracy should certainly have let someone at HQ know what he had discovered and where he was going.

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

    Has it bothered anybody here that, to me, at least, there really is no mystery going on?

    There were very few mysteries, in the sense of a classic “who-dunnit”, in Chester Gould’s entire run on the strip. . Mostly, we (the readers) saw the crime taking place. The thrill of Dick Tracy was in the detective work and the chase, and the cutting back and forth between what the cops were doing and what the villains were doing. Max Allen Collins continued in the same manner. I don’t know about Locher, because the strip was unavailable to me during that time, except for two reprints in book form, and they also follow the aforementioned pattern.

    Actually, there is more mystery here than most of Dick Tracy, because we (the readers) are trying to figure out just what is happening – along the lines of the first couple of seasons of LOST, where there was rich character development, and hints dropped every week about just what was going on, on that island. So, this is very much a mystery, just not a “who-dunnit”

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

    Ok, when did Tracy have time to change out of his blue uniform into his traditional black suit?

    Why wouldn’t he have time to change?He told Annie he got off of work early, and had a civilian affair (a town council meeting) to attend at 7 pm. Shucks, even Barney Fife changed to “civies” for his evenings.

  9. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 11 days ago

    Others have replied to your question about Tracy’s death trap escapes; here is my take on the subject:

    During Gould’s run on the strip,most of the death trap stories had Tracy using his own ingenuity in some way, even though outside help (usually the rest of the cops) was on the way. I can think of two times where he was unable to help himself in any way, except for using the two-way to call for help or some other form of signaling.

    The famous “caisson” death trap, where Gould himself had no idea how to get Tracy out until a last minute idea came to him. He provided a group of construction workers, who heard the noise Tracy was making.

    In the later 50s, he was locked in a walk-in freezer with no way out, but he called on the two-way and Sam and the Chief came to his rescue.

    I always go back to classic Gould for answers to these types of questions, because, to me, that is classic Dick Tracy, and I remember reading that Mike and Joe stated their intention, when they first started the strip, to emulate Gould.

  10. Ken in Ohio commented on Gasoline Alley 12 days ago

    Now, I’m not an expert on railroading, but isn’t it dangerous for a train to park somewhere without Control being aware of it? Another train could come along and run into it or something!

    On any kind of real railroad, there would be signal blocks, which are sections of track guarded by signal lights, to let the next train operators know that there is a train ahead. Also, they are in radio contact with a central dispatcher, and if it becomes necessary to pass a red signal, they must get permission from the dispatcher, and then proceed at a highly restricted speed.

    But, this engine seemed to come out of nowhere, and, although it is a very fine drawing of a real steam locomotive, I’m wondering if this is a fantasy of some sort.

    Another thing: they say they have no steam, and they are going to get something to burn, but fuel is only half the story with a steam locomotive – they also need plenty of water, and I don’t see any water towers near these tracks.