I’m not one of those people who complain about stories switching suddenly…This here is unexpected and a breath of fresh air (even though it may only be a filler)!
Annie always looks slightly “wrong” to me when she’s not in her traditional red dress.
Three panels, three things today:
So, Jimmy is definitely dead. Of that there is no question.
We are not done with the gold yet, whatever that means. I suppose it means that we know it has not disappeared forever into the salt mine or something like that, at least.
Before we even mention the gold again, we are going to have a short visit with Honeymoon as she welcomes Annie for a summer visit. I think this is a sneak peak at the longer story to come right after we find out what happened to the gold.
Good morning guys! Welcome back Annie!
I hope Annie will be a regular ‘summer’ tradition!
Has it really been a year since Mike & Joe got custody of Annie & Company?
So…..the gold still has to be dealt with eh? Interesting………
The Unofficial GoComics Staton/Curtis Death ListAs compiled by* boboscar* and Tarry PlaguerNOTE: Names with a + were found dead or killed prior to the story start.+ Wormy & Thistledew (Reported dead in armory fire)03/21/11Flyface 04/22/11The Fifth & Eddie Garcia (at the same time) 04/25/11Earl (Flaky and Hot Rize’s innocent co-worker) 05/12/11Hot Rize 05/28/11Emma Parks (A.K.A. Ponytail Mk I) 06/14/11The 2 terrorists who tried to hire and double cross Morning Gloria 08/13/11Big Frost 10/20/11Apparatus Member (Killed by DoubleUp) 10/25/11 & fed to Tonsils 10/27/11Flaky Biscuits (never confirmed, but implied) 10/29/11+ Sizzler Sitzes (Hired by Kadaver to kill Charles Adams A.K.A. Baron Clovis in a hit and run. Was then shot and killed by Kadaver to keep him quiet) 10/31/11 identified 11/09/11Cueball 01/31/12 Mr.. Levitz (Doubleup’s main henchman in his first story; later killed by Kadaver to get Doubleup off) 03/13/12+ Vincent Vinyl 05/05/12 confirmed 05/11/12The 3 supporting members of the Mumbles Quartet 05/20/12Lt. Teevo 07/06/12 confirmed 07/18/12Panda 07/15/12 confirmed 07/23/12Davey Mylar (A.K.A. Mr. Crime Mk II) 07/13/12 tombstone 09/30/12+ Arthur Curry (aquarium director) 08/22/12Bookie (Measles’ partner) 10/14/12Measles 11/10/12+ Stephen Baux’s fiancée 02/08/13 identified 02/27/13Simon Baux A.K.A. Sweat Box 02/24/13Diet Smith Industries Guard (supposedly killed by Bardoll) 06/25/13 (uncertain; shown lying on the ground and called a “casualty” on 6/29/13, but unconfirmed)Bardoll 07/07/13 confirmed 07/16/13Hy Pressure 09/28/13 confirmed 10/08/13Drs. Sail, Ghote, and Flash Munroe? (still alive last we saw them, and ambiguous that they’re dead, but it often sounds like Curtis thinks of them as dead) 10/18/13Bill “Shortcake” Mitchell (apparatus member) (never confirmed, but implied) 10/31/13Miles Mycroft 01/26/14Mr.. Kolossal 04/30/14Ed Rosato (never confirmed, but implied) 05/14/14Tabby Angus 05/28/14The Butcher of the Balkans A.K.A. Henrik Wilemse (Punjab placed his magic blanket over him, sending the Butcher on to “fly with the Maji” where none have ever returned) 07/27/14Axel’s “crack combat troops” (implied to have all gone the same way as The Butcher of the Balkans a la Punjab) 09/30/14Axel 10/05/14Otis 12/05/14Mrs.. Flattop 03/01/15 confirmed 03/06/15Cork 04/29/15 confirmed 05/01/15Fontane 05/06/15 confirmed 05/12/15Jimmy Choo Shooz 06/04/15
The stolen gold still has a part to play! Makes me think of how Mr. Bribery’s hundred grand cash, leftf floating in space during the ’60’s led to a great story later that introduced Mr. & Mrs. Chin Chillar!
The “Jimmy Choo Shooz” entry cries out for a cause of death, “Sucked into undertow at Lake Pratchett” or somesuch.
That said, how best to summarize Mrs. Flattop’s demise?
“Flattened by 70 Pound Film Cannister?"
How much of Sunday’s strip will be wrap-up, and how much will be Annie and Honeymoon?
Hmmm …Any chance we could get the strip retitled “Annie & Honeymoon” for the duration of this story?[ Consider it a pilot for a new strip to rival Luann. ] :)
So, anyone betting with me that BB Eyes diverted the gold? Double Up may be able to claim self defense re: the murderous Jimmy Choo Shooz.
Anyone else see a kidnapping storyline coming up?
How long before someone with a metal detector finds the gold at where Lake Pratchett USED to be? Being the scavengers people can be, I can imagine SOMEONE (and not necessarily a “good citizen” might stumble on it accidentally. Perhaps sparking both a gold rush and a riot?
Well, this is a surprise! I really never expected another Tracy/Annie crossover!
The new storyline is supposedly to begin 21 June, and feature Annie et al. in a tale against bullying; so I’ll see today’s panel 3 as a prelude/prologue/overture. I’m not sure when the gold bars will again become pertinent, on the other hand. Or maybe the next two weeks should be transitional, since there is plenty still to resolved in this present story—what happens with Ted and his house that went slip-sliding away? What about DoubleUp and Blaze? Or Axelrod? Or the international repercussions of the non-recovery of the gold (so far)? Will Jimmy’s body be recovered? …So many lingering questions.
I’m surprised that Annie has returned, too. One crossover is the kind of fun that I expect from time to time, but two storylines would seem like a clear statement that they take place in the same universe. Though I guess she would fit in a school bullying plot.
Annie has no patience for bullies and can lick ones twice her weight. I worry that Daddy Warbucks has lost his money again, (as was the rhythm of her strip) requiring Annie to move in with friends for a few months.
Are we ever going to find out Johnny Adonis’s condition after the alley attack? It looks like the bullying story is about to begin and I’m looking forward to that.
Annie, welcome back to Dick Tracy!
I think I’ll stick with my guess that Tracy found the gold after following the tunnel Mole had pointed out to him.Jimmy’s crew weren’t rocket scientists, so they probably stashed it some place close by, and covered it with sand and some bushes.Tracy could have located the gold, and simply brought it back the way Jimmy took it out – via the hidden tunnel.Then no one (even Ted) would notice the gold’s movement.Maybe Tracy is hoping to use the gold as bait for the Blackhearts (if they think it hasn’t been recovered, they’ll start looking).
I love a good comics crossover.
Annie! What a surprise! I wonder if she will become a regular summer “team up” with Tracy like the annual JLA/JSA team up from years past.
Little Orphan Annie – back again?
Today we remember D-Day and all who sacrificed so much to keep us free. God Bless Our Veterans.___________Have an awesome weekend my friends and especially the Fun Loving’ Gweedo.
IMHO Annie should be adapted for television … an hour long weekly drama (not a musical) … it almost writes its self. I also think the syndicate should revive it for newspapers and digital format. Dick Tracy would also be a great TV show.
If Honeymoon’s back, I’m guessing Mysta won’t be far behind. And what DID happen to all that gold???
Jimmy is down the whirlpool and in the past. We will return to the gold in the future (BB smelled a rat…and an opportunity, me thinks). Little Princess is currently arriving at Honeymoon’s for some summer fun with her friend. Nice transition strip.
Uh, Honeymoon? You might want to exercise a bit of caution here – you wouldn’t BELIEVE the trouble this kid is a magnet for…
I’m not all that excited about Annie again. It seems like just yesterday that we passed through that phase. I’ll shut up before I get myself banned or harpooned by my fellow posters.Pretty soon, the PC crowd will ban Porky Pig because it “offends” some people.
Leaping Lizards! Annie’s back! I betcha the Blackhearts have the gold. And do you guys think Ted Tellem can sue that drilling company for ruining his home?
Hey, Annie! Where’s your dress? Where’s Sandy?
So…How come most everyone in this strip gets to grow up, but Annie gets to stay a kid?
Well, it is almost summer…and can anyone really expect somebody to wear the same darned thing every day?
this is great
To “claim” someone’s life is a euphemism for saying “they have died”.-————————————You and I know that, but, just like Stiletta, there are those who won’t believe it until the body is found, and Tracy says, “Yep. Jimmy’s dead.” and Sam says, “Jimmy who?”
“Stiletta Gets Canned”I just mentally read that in William (Bill) Conrad’s voice. Think back to Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes.
Today’s strip comes as something of an exemplar of the RAPID pacing some have ‘missed’ … (too often?) . . . in the past . . .
Panel 1: A Cauldron of Lake Bubbles ‘appropriately’ expressing the remaining “uncertainty” of a number of outcomes, that may (or may not?) be reported in the future,,
Yes Jimmy Choo Shooz is dead, and we can assume that’s the end of the Salt Mining operation and likely the Drilling Operation for now. While Tellum, if we ever see him again(?), will have to build a new Home and Studio.
Panel 2 : Might have more ‘appropriately’ come with a Question Mark . An indicator that the ‘whereabouts’ of the Gold remains (for now) an ‘elusive’ Mystery.It’s apparent this will be on HOLD for now, as we turn to . . .
Panel 3: The promised ‘development’ (and Bullying incident) with Honeymoon … apparently to be joined by the “experienced” Orphan Annie (In Shorts and all?)Likely a sequence prior to the Blackhearts event, that everyone will enjoy !
The whereabouts of the GOLD Bullion remains a DEEP Mystery, but let’s “consider” some helpful “known” factors on this - in a ‘separate’ post . . .
@Gweedo: you are welcome my friend. Be happy and healthy.
@McPhetters: Annie and Dick Tracy TV shows. I like the idea. Be happy and healthy my friend.
oh COME ON!
Sydney PhillipsReally “inconceivable”, that this past “look-a-like” robbery, would not be referenced by ALL the Media ?-————————————Jeez Louise, Syd. Get real.Even Tracy hadn’t heard of the 1924 gold heist, and crime is his specialty!You expect every reporter in town to know about a crime 91 years earlier? I’d be surprised if any of them heard of it.Heck, George W. Bush had a press secretary who’d never heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis!Dana Perino, now on FOX News, admitted, “I actually panicked a bit” when a reporter referred to it in a question. Later, she asked her husband “wasn’t that like the Bay of Pigs thing?”If a real person in an important job like that knows squat about recent US history…
MorrowWhat did the drilling company do that was harmful?-————————————————Well, let’s see…They didn’t do their homework, or they’d have know that there was a salt mine operating directly below them. (it was obviously operating longer than the drilling rig, as the drill came down into an established tunnel.)So they should be held financially responsible for destruction of the mine and all the mining equipment, as well as recklessly endangering the lives of the miners.On top of that, anyone whose private property was destroyed as a result of their bungling have a rock-solid case against the drilling company.And the city or state (whoever has the authority for the lake and river) can nail the driller’s butt to a wall for the costs of removing the debris, and the repairs to the lake, and the pumping of the salt mine, and…And that’s the short list.— Having a permit only means they won’t have “operating without a permit” added to the offenses.I don’t think the drillers were “trying to make the country independent from buying foreign oil – and provide fuel for your Lamborghini.” I’ve yet to learn of an oil company more interested in patriotism than money.And the only Lamborgini you’ll ever see linked to my family is the metal toy I’d bought my son years ago.
Annie’s back! A welcome surprise, and looking forward to this crossover with Honeymoon.
Hmm, the missing gold is still in play, since Jimmy met his watery demise after killing of his cohorts.
Since we had the Mole involved in this storyline, I have to wonder if there would be storyline using Honeymoon, Annie, and Toad? On a tour of the tunnels, they pick up a trail that leads them to the gold? Three teenage sleuths cracking the stolen gold caper!
Well, wishful thinking, I guess.
@SYDNEY PHILLIPS: thanks for the recap on the Gold Bullion story. Have a great day my friend.
Get to smile . . . when you post ‘sometimes’ . . . ;- )
And wonder which finger you put up in the Air, or how DEEP a “breath” you take, before ‘judging -’ the ‘passage’ of TIME in our strip ?
Get the ‘sense’ there may be a little inconsistency . . .Maybe? A ‘studied’ variance of perspective ? . . .
Like. in one ‘breath’, everything that happened in this story - occurred in no more than 2 days ?While, in the second “inhalation”, you ‘raise the roof’ that Tracy could somehow remember a crime as ‘far back’ as 1924 ?Sort of rocks the boat? World War 1, was already over, some six years before !
Recall, Tracy became a Detective in 1931, So was on the cusp of becoming a young adult when that earlier Gold Crime ‘was’ BIG News !It was a time when there was no TV or Internet, and ‘everyone’ read the papers, perhaps just for Dick Tracy ?
I rather hope that the guest appearances by Annie & Co. are the precursor to her return in her own comic strip.
Annie is not a “regular character” more of a guest star.
Mike Curtis: “We feel Annie and her cast are part of the Tracy world and we’ve added her to the story as a friend of Honeymoon’s.”
I will write more on this in tomorrow’s strip comments.
Junior wondered, “What’s the deal?”Why his sleep would some one stealThe baby cried all through the nightThe doorbell ringing just was not rightHis stubby face stared at the doorAs he slowly stumbled across the floorOh it’s only Mysta the fakeHer creepy looks I cannot takeI hope she leaves before I snoreHer babbling about is such a boreI’m more concerned that Dick will seeI took his MCU mug home with me!
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