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  1. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 17 hours ago

    Earlier today I used the Copy and Paste function to reply to a comment by Neil Wick. Now, when I tried to do the same thing in a reply to davidf42, the earlier comment keeps coming up – it’s like it is still on the “clipboard”, and I can’t get new material to copy and paste. Anyone else experience this or know how to fix it?

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 17 hours ago


    You expressed the idea that maybe all the characters on the island believe they are in some sort of time bubble – that thought is interesting, but, if that were the case, I wonder if they would be acting “business as usual”? I mean, wouldn’t they be anxious to get free of the bubble and return to normal? But Ma and Pa Silo and the barber and other characters we have seen seem to be carrying on as if 1944 life is their norm.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 24 hours ago

    Even though most of you have totally given up on the “time travel” thing, I’m still not 100% convinced that there isn’t some weird time thing going on somewhere. Things are not quite right.

    Right, because Annie’s first experience with Axel was in 1938, when he kidnapped her. Annie was rescued but Axel escaped, and popped up to give her more trouble in 1940. It was then that Nick Gatt rescued Annie and sent Axel back to his Eastern European country. In 1941, Oliver reported to Annie that Axel had been killed in a concentration camp. So, when Annie woke up and found Axel at her bedside, posing as a kindly country newspaper editor, all kinds of alarm bells should have gone off in her mind, unless she was already hypnotized.

    Of course, we also have the problem that 1944 was 70 years ago, so how could a little girl of today have been a little girl back then? Usually comic strips avoid being specific about dates for just that reason, but Team Tracy has specified 1944 in their writing, so I hope they have a way to explain that. Maybe there is a “time warp” component to this story after all?

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

    For those Annie fans out there, was Annie ever seen to attend school. It seems that she’s been school age for decades, but I can’t ever remember her being in school.

    Yes, for sure there were stories from the Harold Gray era where Annie went to school, while she was staying in some town or other, in between the times when she was forced to hit the road. Often, the teachers and principals were surprised at her common sense approach to problem solving, given that she had little formal schooling compared to the other students. In one WWII era episode, she was staying with someone who was supposed to be a friend of Oliver Warbucks, but a switch had been pulled, and he was actually a Nazi agent after a secret formula that Annie had with her, in “Daddy’s” briefcase. When Annie tumbled to what was going on, she recruited several of the other kids, who were Junior Commandos, to help her foil the bad guys. She met these kids on the way home from school, soon after arriving in the village.

  5. Ken in Ohio commented on Nancy 3 days ago

    When my sister visits me, and we stay up too late talking, we tell each other to “sleep fast” when we do go to bed.

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

    I wish I had the link, but one strip from the Harold Gray years showed Annie hanging the wash on the clothesline. The lines were all full of little red dresses, all identical!

    I have seen a strip somewhere, apparently done by Gray, that sort of broke the fourth wall, where Annie actually spoke about her collection of red dresses, and said something like, “I just happen to like red, d’ya want to make something of it?” or words to that effect. I don’t know if it was a one-off gag strip, used as a promotion for the LOA strip, or part of a story. I can’t remember where I saw that – probably while searching the web for items about LOA.

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

    Ok. This reader would like to know what happened to Sam’s Fam in the 40’s.

    Sam is Jewish. I’m sure he is referring to past relatives who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime in WWII.

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

    Well for me they would be welcomed with open arms. They are your friends not enemies and to treat them as such would be very bad manners

    Sure, I agree with you. If you will look more carefully at my post, you are replying to a quote from another poster -morrow. Read the entire comment, and see that I was replying to morrow, and my ideas match up with your thoughts – that is, that Punjab and the Asp are depicted as being loyal friends of Annie, Warbucks and other honest folks.

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

    Typos are kind of like the Asp – they appear suddenly, even when you think you have guarded against them!

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

    I don’t think I would like Punjab or The Asp staying in my house, even if I knew who they were. For sure with Punjab, I’d have to put a lock on the fridge. With Asp, I’d have to leave all the lights on and a dozen deadbolt locks added to my bedroom door.

    In a 1941 story, Oliver Warbucks had an industrial accident while savings a man named Bill Slagg. He stayed at hte home of Slagg’s parents while recovering, and one night Annie peeked into his room, just to see if he was alright or needed anything. There was Punjab, “asleep” on the floor at the foot of the bed, with his eyes open and one hand holding his big knife. Annie figured “Daddy” would be just fine, as long as Punjab was around! And, the Asp was there too, although it didn’t say where he slept at night, or if he did sleep.