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

    “Blisterfield” for “Chesterfield” is a very nice, Gouldian touch!

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

    I never smoked, and neither did my parents, except that my Mom quit before I was born. So I know this is a biased comment, but:

    How in the world did those billboards ever entice anyone to start smoking? There, right in front of them, they had a giant representation of just how ridiculous a person looks when they are blowing clouds of smoke out of their mouth! You would think people would have “stayed away in droves” when they saw that, thinking “Ech – I sure don’t want to look like that”. I know smoking was promoted as having sex appeal; I just don’t see how that is supposed to be sexy.

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

    In panel 3, I see the gaffer with coffee and Sam to the left, a figure I take to be Tracy with fedora, and two unidentifieds at the right, plus three figures (cops?) up in the rigging/loft/scoreboard deck.

    I’m not so sure that is Tracy – somehow the ears don’t look right. I sort of thought that might be Tracy to the right up on the rigging. Was it ever decided if Tracy was going to be in the movie, per Mayor Armstrong’s request, or did the finding of the latest victim squash those plans?

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

    No, the coffee won’t be significant — it’s just a popular prop in the Tracy universe. I suppose it gives them something to do with their hands and provides a bit of motion to the frames sometimes as the steam rises.

    I don’t know, Neil. The way they “zoomed” in for a close-up in panel two, I thought they were drawing attention to the coffee.

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

    Really nice picture of your family, Bill. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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

    Can’t immediately summon up the names of any in-strip groupies though.

    There was actually one girl who would qualify for the term “groupie” – her name was Misty Waters, in March 1947. She was sort of throwing herself at Tracy, to the point where Tracy told Pat not to answer the phone. But then she discovered a body, and Tracy was off on another case, and, I think, that was the last we heard of her.

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

    Could this be what Abner was referring to when he visited Bribery at Ace Tower?

    I thought of that too, but Abner told Bribery that it was something that Bribery was doing that was helping Abner set up his trap for Tracy. As far as we now know, Bribery had nothing to do with this film.

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

    , although that’s a pretty hard thing to do on 2-3 weeks lead time on a 9- to 10-week story

    Didn’t someone post something from Mike a while back that this story is “in the can” and they are actually working on next spring or summer? Somehow I got the idea that they work with a much longer lead time than 2-3 weeks.

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

    Welcome, Tomas! Glad to meet up with yet another Tracy Fan! Please feel free to tell us your views on the strip, and your memories of Tracy in the past. (I am 65, so we probably remember many of the same things.)

  10. Ken in Ohio commented on Dick Tracy 11 days ago

    A two fisted shooter !
    Not even Tracy does that !!

    Well, sometimes he does!

    Sept 24, 1961 (a Sunday spread) had Tracy kicking in the door of a crook’s apt. with a gun in both hands. I had to go back in my reprint collection to find it, but I remembered it because it made such an impression on me back when I was 10 years old. I had a couple of friends who follwed DT with me, and I remember commenting on it at the time.

    (I have no idea if that strip is available on-line – perhaps one of our tech savvy friends can find it and post it.)