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

    The right words can send a chill up the spine. But no dialogue and achieving the same effect? Wow….

    Right you are. And this isn’t the first time, recently, that Mike and Joe have used a silent panel. Since silent panels were a favorite, and very effective, device of Chester Gould’s, I’m very glad to see the tradition being upheld here in Tracy land.

  2. Ken in Ohio commented on Baldo 1 day ago

    It’s not an entirely new concept. Before cameras in cell phones, folks used an elaborate set-up with a camera on a tri-pod, and either a timing mechanism or a long trigger cord, so that they could put themselves in the photo they were taking. No one thought anything about that. This “selfie” fad is just a modern way of doing the same thing, although it’s true that lots more folks are doing it, because more folks have cell phones than they did cameras in the old days.

  3. Ken in Ohio commented on Wallace the Brave 2 days ago

    Is it my imagination, or is that tiny flower at their feet actually responding to the action? First it looks at the little kid running up and then turns to look up at the mother! Clever.

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

    Naaah… that’s not Phisface’s m.o. he’s a computer scammer, and the only tie to marine life he had was that his hq was in the basement of the aquarium

    Well, I think the other idiosyncrasy about Phishface was that he ate copious amounts of sushi.

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

    Here’s a video of the Cheater Gunsmoke episode from The Dick Tracy Show. We never saw his face until now.

    I watched that cartoon version of Dick Tracy when I was a kid, and I guess for a few weeks I was pretty enthused. But then I began to realize that Tracy hardly ever did anything in the show, and the other “cop” characters were quite silly, what with axes floating in midair while they talked to Tracy on their radios, and other cartoon nonsense.
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    The latest book from IDW Tracy reprint series has several paragraphs about this show. Amazingly, it appears that Chester Gould was all in favor. I would have thought he would have been insulted by the silliness. Maybe (the writer of the article sort of suggests) it’s because Gould’s first cartoon submissions, before he struck Tracy gold, were of the “bigfoot” variety. It is said that Gould always enjoyed that sort of humor. In any case, looking back on it now, that cartoon show had almost nothing to do with the real Dick Tracy!

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

    Very, very well written critique in your post above. You put into words my own thoughts and elaborated beyond what I had thought of.

  7. Ken in Ohio commented on Brevity 7 days ago

    O.K. I get the joke – but why is the “J” backwards?

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

    I like the pun in the first frame (I like puns anyway) where the familiar phrase “den of iniquity” (iniquity = sin) gets transformed into the “den of inequity” (equity = money that is invested). I’m sure sure if it was a typo or was intentional but it’s kind of clever.

    “Inequity” means a lack of fairness; an injustice. Which is very appropriate for a gambling establishment, where (so I am told) the odds all always rigged in favor of the house..

    Thanks for pointing out the pun. I missed it, although I thought the word looked odd and wondered at first if it was misspelled.

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

    Just looked it up – Pimpernel was published in 1905, and a stage play by the writer had been successful in London before the book came out.

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

    Where does ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ fall along the timeline?

    I think the Scarlet Pimpernel was before Zorro, speculation being that it was one of Johnston McCulley’s inspirations when he wrote the first Zorro story.