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

    Most of what I know about Annie come from seeing the 1982 Albert Finney musical

    That’s sort of like saying you don’t know anything about Annie at all – from all the reviews I read, and having seen parts of it on t.v., the movie was light years away from Harold Gray’s strip in tone and mood and ideals. The strip, by it’s very nature, just did not seem to me to be a good fit for a musical production. I think there must be lots of folks who only know of Annie from the musical, because the original strip has been missing from the newspapers for so long, but to me, the musical misses the point.

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

    Of course, Tracy knows that Axel is not on the level, although apparently Axel doesn’t know he knows. But, wouldn’t it appear odd that the town newspaper editor was in charge of telephone line crews, etc.? Unless he was also the town mayor, or something, but that hasn’t been suggested. I guess all that could be covered by the mass hypnosis, maybe.

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

    I did not notice this earlier, but Mike and Joe and Team give credit for this art at the bottom of panel 3 today: “Recreation of Harold Gray Panels.” I only saw it when I used the enlarger.

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

    Anyone here have easy access to the original Harold Gray strip that this is copied from? It would be interesting to compare the two.

    I have it in print, but have no idea how to post it for you all to see it. Mike and Joe rendered their own version of panels # 2 and 3 of the strip from June 13, 1939. I recognized it the minute I saw this strip this morning. The detail is exact; Asp in the lower right corner of the panel as Punjab lures the guards towards him, the one guy falling over Punjab’s leg, the puff of smoke from the discharged gun, one rifle on the ground, a hat flying off someone’s head, the full moon in the sky, the crosshatching sky design. Nicely done.
    Now, I wonder more than ever how this current story will explain the time anomaly, since they are making specific reference to past events in Annie’s life.

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

    There are places you can get such items, made or off the rack. Including from show biz.

    Sure, I get that. Probably any good costume shop would have them. But my point was, how did they know they would need them before they arrived on the island? Someone else suggested they got them for her once she was on the island, which would have been difficult in the time frame, but not impossible, I suppose.

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

    I love Fritz Ann’s outfit. It suits the era

    I agree, but where did she get it? The team from MCU didn’t know what was happening on the island,until they landed there and Tracy and Annie briefed them, so they couldn’t have anticipated needing 1940’s style clothes.

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

    What do you think???

    Since you asked, I think that your posts about how boring this story is are way more boring than anything in this story could possibly be. Thanks for asking.

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

    does she only know of Axel from historical material,the way those us in this day and age remember Hitler, and has never met him before in person?

    No, Annie has a history with Axel. (See my post yesterday or the day before, where I go into detail about past Annie stories that featured Axel.)

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

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