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Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

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

    Not counting the “teasers” that appeared earlier, during other stories, this story started on Sunday, June 1. Three months is no where near excessive for a daily comic strip. Many of Gould’s stories ran longer than that.

    This story differs from traditional DT continuities in that it was presented to the reader as a mystery. We didn’t know what was going on anymore than the main characters did. In most of the really good mystery stories that I have enjoyed over the years, there comes a point in the story where the protagonist figures out what is happening, but then there is the last part, where the protagonist has to extricate himself or herself from some sort of a jam, or rescue someone else, or both. I think we are in that phase of this story now, although there are still several things to clear up; i.e., what exactly is Axel up to, and how did he set this whole thing up to begin with. I hope we get actual answers to these plot points.

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

    If Charlie had flown a modern plane, Axel would have been tipped off that something was amiss

    The way I’m looking at it, it would seem to be just the other way around. I think Neil Wick has the same idea. Since Axel is running a scam, making everybody think they are in 1944, he would know that a plane truly just accidentally off course would be a modern day plane. The townspeople would accept a B-17 off course, because they think it is 1944. But Axel knows that it is not, so it should arouse his suspicions.

    As far as why Charlie is using the B-17, I’m not very familiar with Terry and the Pirates, but I gather that Charlie has a B-17 as part of the history of that strip, and uses it all the time.

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

    I’m just in the dark as to how Tracy could have figured out that the note from annie included longitude and latitude of her location and NOT shared it with anyone else in the MCU/S.

    I certainly agree with you on this. Why in the world wouldn’t Tracy have told someone on his team (Sam, most likely) what he had discovered, and exactly where he was going?

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

    they have just as much right TO smoke as i do to not LIE it.

    I contend that smokers do not, or at least should not, have the right to smoke in situations where it forces non-smokers to breath in their fumes. I was exaggerating to make my point. But, if people can’t “walk away”, such as in airplanes, trains, offices, stores, etc. smokers have crossed the line with their “right to smoke”. I have a perfect right to wave my arms around, but not if I’m standing so close to you that my hand hits your face when I do it.

    As far as the strip is concerned, NightShade09 pointed out what I was trying to get you to see before – Almost no one smokes inside a building anymore, so it makes the strip slightly more relevant if characters in the strip don’t either.

    The thing that prompted my first comment to you, really, was your insistence on the use of the term “PC” with relation to this topic. That is so overused, and we should be able to see each others’ points without resorting to such a worn out cliche’ – because there is nothing “political” about this topic. The only reason it came to the point of passing laws in the first place is because, unfortunately, most smokers at the time seemed unwilling to consider the rights of others to breath clean air. It was, and is, a health issue. However, it’s not the same as a multitude of other health concerns, because, by it’s very nature, it forces others to do something they do not wish to do.

    You could compare it to drinking in this way: when the government tried to outlaw all drinking, it didn’t work, it was a bad idea. But, it is perfectly reasonable to have the government outlaw drinking while driving, because that obviously affects others.

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

    What’s hard is to understand the need to censor something, no matter how good the intentions.

    Who is censoring anything? If Mike and Joe have, in fact, decided to write into the strip that Sam is trying to quit, and using a toothpick to substitute for something dangling in his mouth, they didn’t do it because anyone censored them, did they? We don’t even know what their idea is, but it looks as if they made a choice to have Sam not smoke as much as before. How is that anything to do with being censored?

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

    i say let sam light up every minute of the day.. indoors, outdoors, wherever he ants to.. its his TRADEMARK and let the PC pushers fall to the side

    Your logic is faulty, or you are missing what some of us are trying to say. Smoking is Sam’s trademark, according to your view. O.K. But, things do change. Tracy used to break in to suspects basements without a warrant, and kick down suspects doors on a hunch, but yo would be the first one to cry “foul” if he did that today. It is likewise, jarringly unrealistic to have Sam, or anyone, smoking indoors at a public building like Police HQ.

    And, will you please try to see that the movement against smoking has nothing whatsoever to do with “PC”. If, in real life, some one wants to smoke, then let them seal themselves up in a room or a car, with the windows closed, and smoke themselves into oblivion. Just keep away from others who don’t wish to breath the smoke.No one should be forced to smoke if they don’t want to, but that is exactly what happens every time someone lights up in a public place with other people around. Why is that so hard to understand?

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

    Are e-cigarettes any safer for passers by than the original cancer sticks?
    Especially with ads like “Take back your freedom!” we’re getting a lot more of these folks puffing away indoors.
    I know the devices are for self-administration of nicotine. But what do passers by get as they pass through these vaporous clouds?
    Just because it’s odorless, doesn’t mean it’s harmless!

    You bring up some very good questions. I’ve been wondering exactly the same things ever since I started seeing those stupid ads. “Take back your freedom” – what an asinine saying that is in this context. Your freedom to poison yourself, and look ridiculous while doing it!

  8. Ken in Ohio commented on Gasoline Alley 7 days ago

    Actually, modern freight trains no longer use a caboose. They now have a device hooked up to the back of the last car. Cabooses were phased out 30 years ago.

    You are generally correct, but even the mainline RRs still use a caboose on occasion for special trains. As a matter of fact, I just saw one go through Perry, Ohio on Sunday, behind a mixed freight that had a special, over sized car in the train.

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

    @ Curtis Mathews:

    I think everything that Tracy is wearing now was supplied by whoever is running Simmons Corners(Axel?) Tracy woke up in a hospital bed. When he was released, he was wearing a 40s style double breasted suit. And, although it is very subtle, the fedora looks slightly more 40s than the way Mike has been drawing it prior to Simmons Corners, too. So, they probably said “here are your clothes, Officer Tracy” and gave him a completely new outfit, to fit in with his surroundings.

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

    I still wonder what the image of Tracy’s car is being projected on, thin air?

    That was explained when Diet Smith first introduced the Wrist Wizard devise. It is supposed to be able to project a hologram.