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  1. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 7 days ago

    It hasn’t really been confirmed yet. Just that one fed cop was found. He could mean, “We hope there’s a chance for the other two like the cop we found by accident and saved” or, “We hope there’s a chance for the other two unlike the cop we found by accident who was already dead.

  2. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    So does that mean Choo-Choo Charlie is in league with BO Plenty? Or perhaps with BO’s shady brother, Goodin Plenty?

  3. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 11 days ago

    I just want to say thank you to Sydney E. Phillips for providing the strips from Piggy Bank’s last story.

    However, I think there might be need for a minor correction (or maybe not). I read Kilian’s 90s run years ago, and don’t have easy access to it now, but if I recall correctly, Piggy’s wife Greedelia wasn’t in Piggy’s first story, but didn’t debut until his second story. Thus, she wouldn’t have one more story than Piggy with her cameo in France, but the same number, six.

  4. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    Thanks for your reply, yesterday. I like your theory, too. Either of us or neither of us is right. Neither is most likely, but it’s still fun to speculate. ;)

  5. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 12 days ago

    First off, thanks to Neil Wick, Willy007, and SYDNEY PHILLIPS for your kind comments on my Piggy Bank theory.

    However, I must respectfully disagree with you, Syd, that Lt. Teevo qualifies as a character from that era. To my mind, the Kilian-Locher era and the Locher-solo era are very different and distinct from each other. Teevo is from the Locher-solo era, Locher’s own creation that Kilian had nothing to do with.

    This matters to me because I enjoy Kilian’s run very much, and IMHO he was a vastly superior writer to Locher. Even if some among you dislike Kilian’s stories, at least he knew how to tell them in the format of a daily strip without the endless, mind-numbing repetition that Locher’s writing became so infamous for after Kilian died. Leaving any opinions aside, there wasn’t much overlap between the two writers. Aside from the regular cast and the Plentys (which they share with all previous and succeeding Tracy writers), the only continuities by Kilian that Locher ever referred to were finishing up the second Oily case after Kilian died, and bringing back a now reformed Dab Stract.

    So far, there hasn’t been much reference to Kilian’s run under Curtis and Staton. But if Piggy Bank is Mr. Bigg, the hidden big bad of much of the major criminal activities of the past two years, that would be awesome.

    To anyone curious who has access to newspaper archives to papers that carried Tracy during this period, here’s a list of when Piggy Bank (full name: Piggoty E. Bank, sometimes called Pig E. Bank, but by the end, was exclusively called Piggy Bank) went up against Tracy, grouped by date.

    1994
    1. January 24-May 3

    1995
    2. January 16-April 30
    3. October 17, 1995-January 28, 1996

    1997
    4. June 11-September 21

    1999
    5. January 27-May 9

    2004
    6. May 31-August 27 (the only story available on the GoComics archive)

  6. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy 13 days ago

    Guys, I have the craziest theory about Mr. Bigg’s identity. Since he appears today, it seems as good a time as any to share it with you.

    When B-B Eyes first saw Mr. Bigg, he thought to himself, “I know that face!” This doesn’t necessarily mean that B-B’s met him before, just that his face is familiar, possibly a public, well known character in the Tracyverse. That instantly suggests a past Tracy villain and also suggests that “Bigg” is an alias.

    So why is “Bigg” spelled with two gs? The most likely explanation is that it’s an anagram of some kind, most likely hinting at his real identity. When Wally did his excellent summary of Notta Chin Chillar’s career, a lot of it had to do with the crook, P igg y B utcher. It occurred to me that he might be Mr. Bigg, except that Butcher wound up, as Mike Curtis would say, “Dead fish dead”. And only Mumbles is allowed to come back from that. Than it hit me: there’s another past Tracy villain whose last name starts with a B. And his first name is also Piggy.

    Guys, what if Mr. Bigg is P igg y B ank?

    Piggy Bank was created by Mike Kilian, the writer for the strip from 1993 to 2006. He was a crooked Wall Street broker from the 80s who took to criminal land investments and outright armed robbery to maintain his wealthy lifestyle. He went up against Tracy in no fewer than six stories during Kilian’s run, far more often than any other villain from that period, and would still be one of the most frequently seen villains in the entire history of the strip. Sometimes he escaped, sometimes he was caught, I can even recall one story where he was manipulating crimes while still serving time in prison, but in this final story (alas, the only one available on the GoComics archive) he escaped, alive, unreformed, and still at large. Since the summer story Curtis has taken to calling, “The Downfall of the Blackhearts”, it’s possible this is Curtis’ way of finally tying up that loose end. If Piggy Banks is Mr. Bigg, than what with the Blackhearts involved with the “Return” of Moon Maid, hiring Abner Kadaver to drive out the Apparatus, and being involved in the Tabby Angus case as well as this one, Piggy Bank could end up rivaling Tracy’s first archenemy Big Boy in the number of stories he’s involved in. I must admit, I’d be delighted if my theory was true.

  7. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    Well, so much for my theory that Tbolt was Flattop’s grandson, Hi-Top. Unless it’s a transgender thing, and I doubt the censors would allow that.

    I suspect Blaze knows Tbolt in the Biblical sense. ;)

  8. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    I’ve posted a thank you note to Mike and Joe for their work on the Nitrates and Mrs. Flattop over at the Dick Tracy yahoo board. Read it here:

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DickTracy/conversations/messages/18714

  9. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    “That makes sense, as the current team, while capable, have shown themselves unwilling to be creative.”

    gleeb, that is nonsense. This funeral home didn’t have to be named. The caption could’ve called it “the funeral home”, or “a local funeral home” or even “at Mrs. Flattop’s funeral”. That would all be less creative than naming it Willoughby, but I suspect you wouldn’t see an opportunity to accuse the current team of being “unwilling to be creative”.

    Calling the funeral home Willoughby is creative. It’s a sly, subtle reference to an episode of the Twilight Zone, giving those of us who saw the episode to go, “Oh yeah!” It adds an extra element of fun to the strip that otherwise wouldn’t be there.

  10. boboscar commented on Dick Tracy about 1 month ago

    “You, uh, SURE Mrs. Flattop didn’t fake her death, are you?”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure. The idea that it was an imposter/decoy is so lazy that it could be used to bring back anyone on the strip who died and left behind a body, form Axel to Emil Truheart and everybody in between. At this point there’s no specific reason to think she’s alive beyond dissatisfaction at how she died.

    My sincere advice to both you and cpalmeresq is to drop this subject. If you’re wrong, you could spend literally the rest of your lives waiting for her to pop up again only to be forever disappointed. If you’re right, you can feel vindicated and can gloat to the rest of us once specific evidence turns up that she’s alive.