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

    You said. . .

    She’s now at the island by Alaska.

    What is running “now” is a rerun. The last anyone saw of Annie in the last panels of the last strip before it was canceled, she had been abducted by some guy known as “the butcher” and they were hidden in an unknown location. (See also comment by purpledog39.)

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 15 hours ago

    Your little essay about Gray’s style and Gould’s style is excellent. You put in to words many of the things I’ve been thinking concerning the blending of the two strips.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Pop Culture Shock Therapy about 21 hours ago

    Right, and what the artist is saying is : Billy used to run all over the neighborhood and use his imagination, and just “be a kid” and make his own, mostly innocent fun. Now, he’s getting no exercise whatsoever, of mind or body.

  4. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy about 21 hours ago

    jpuzzlewhiz… no, the asp DIDN’T “always look like that” at all.His ears were never pointy,

    I’m sorry, but I’m sitting here with the 1937 story that first introduced the Asp in “Little Orphan Annie” right in front of me, and his ears are very definitely, with out any question of a doubt, depicted as quite pointy. Over time, he changed somewhat – he looks a little different to me in 1939 and 1941. But the pointy ears are a constant throughout all of his appearances during the 1937 – 1945 run of this reprint book.

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

    I hear you! Long ago, when I was much younger, I worked nights and weekends, and I know how tough that can be. I am sure the Bible study fellowships you are going to will help you. I made a note to pray for you.

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

    I attended the Easter service at church that I’ve only been intermittently attending

    I’m so glad you did attend! I hope the Word of God will inspire you – and that you will want to go more often. Christ is Risen!

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

    He came from the “Gould mine”!

    That’s a very clever pun, but I believe the answer to the question being asked is the opposite of what your pun implies. I think this character is a creation of Staton/Curtis.

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

    Happy and Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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

    Well, I wonder if Mike and Joe intended the “Brewster Rockit” reference to be a joke Tracy is making, like when he told Vera Alldid his favorite comic strip was “Fearless Fosdick.” OR, is there a Brewster Rockit in the Tracy universe, along with Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Mary Perkins and Hank from Brenda Starr?

    About Tracy’s “jurisdiction” – I’ve wondered about that before. He certainly is supposed to be a city cop, and that’s how he started out, but it wasn’t long before Gould had him on farms, up in the mountains, etc. As time went on, he traveled farther and farther from the city in pursuit of villains. He went down to the Texas oil fields to investigate a corpse in a dry well hole, and the local sheriff didn’t seem to have the necessary equipment to do the job, so they sent back to “the city”. He’s been to Hawaii and even to Cuba, and the first Space Coupe hijacking took him to a remote mesa in South Dakota, where he parachuted in all “James Bond” and went undercover as one of the crooks. An argument could be made, I suppose, that he was in cooperation with the local law enforcement in each case, but “the city” must have one huge travel budget for it’s detectives!

    Of course, “the city” itself seems to move around a bit. It is near something called “the North Woods”, it is near mountains, it is near an ocean, it is basically Chicago, but sometimes they communicate WITH Chicago. This used to drive me crazy when I first got interested in the strip, but I decided it was all part of the fun of reading Dick Tracy. (Although I freely admit, policing the Moon was (and is) over the top for me.

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


    You asked late yesterday how “Diet” is pronounced. It is diet, like being careful what one eats. it is based on his original appearances, when it was established that his high-power, big executive life style gave him ulcers, and he was constantly shown eating strained peas and other baby foods. That was in the mid 40s, when the medical protocol for ulcers was, in fact, very bland, soft food. Today’s medical thinking on treating ulcers has changed considerably, and Diet Smith’s health doesn’t seem to be the issue it was in his early appearances. (Although, if he does still suffer from ulcers, most doctors would tell him to get rid of the cigars.)