Dick Tracy by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for June 24, 2018


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    Pequod  almost 3 years ago

    For better or worse it is no curse

    When comic worlds collide

    Few whine or fret, expressing regret

    Make comments rude and snide.

    Scene of the Crime both grim and sublime

    Junior a skilled sketcher

    His influences reveal themselves

    Staton, Gould and Fletcher.

    Patterson knows the way signings go

    Has signed some books himself

    McCarthy, Robinson, Coates and Sayles

    Now sit upon his shelf.

    Honey thinks he looks quite familiar

    Has seen that face before

    She met him in the funny pages

    Real-time family lore.

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    Neil Wick  almost 3 years ago

    Good morning™, book readers!

    It’s Michael! I won’t say more till later in the day to avoid unnecessary spoilers.

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    Night-Gaunt49  almost 3 years ago

    Well isn’t this an unexpected cameo appearance! I so love doing that. But it is defeated if it is too obscure for the readers. Some do it just so some enterprising person will ferret it out. The art style for Michael fits the latter years of the strip For Better Or Worse or FBOW.

    I like the reminder of how Flattop and maybe Angeltop met their doom. Though without a body for her I won’t be sure.

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    22ph  almost 3 years ago

    Sawtooth might want to have a signed copy of the book. I was expecting him to be at the event today.

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    HarryCK  almost 3 years ago

    Good morning™, Great Northern  guest stars !

    I like the change of pace for the Crimestoppers panel.

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    William Earl  almost 3 years ago

    Angeltop returned twice in the 80s..,she didn’t die in the fire…she was shot in a later continuity ad died then w/a totally different look

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    Rosette  almost 3 years ago

    Well if it isn’t my favorite author – Micheal from “For Better or For Worse!” He’s done his own share of book signings!

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    HarryCK  almost 3 years ago

    Did Lynn guest draw for this or did Joe do the ol’ ‘copy and paste’ ?

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    AnyFace  almost 3 years ago

    ”A Certain Mr. Patterson.” ✨

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    crobinson019  almost 3 years ago

    I liked the guest’s strip for a long time, when we DIDN’T have a computer to allow us to select our comics

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    Ken in Ohio  almost 3 years ago

    It’s very cool that (apparently) Mike and Joe had Lynn herself draw Michael! It also seems as if they’re telling us that Lynn is a fan of Dick Tracy.

    This is harmless fun, but I hope it won’t come back to haunt Mike and Joe. If there really is still any kind of restriction on story length (does any one know if there is?) then I hope we won’t find ourselves with another of the infamous rushed endings. If that happens, then they just wasted a Sunday strip, where they had 5 large panels where they could have moved the story along.

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    Ken in Ohio  almost 3 years ago


    Please note that my comment above is thoughtful and respectful, with no whining or fretting, and no snide or rude words whatsoever!

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    DonLee2  almost 3 years ago

    Now let’s see Les Moore in the background at another table, stack of books at his side and trading dispirited punny putdowns with the handful of people waiting to buy one.

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    RonnieAThompson Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Good morning to all gocomics dwellers. Have a blessed day my friends.

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    jrankin1959  almost 3 years ago

    It’s Crossover Day! And our first guest is…

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    jrankin1959  almost 3 years ago

    In Panel One (the “logo” panel), Tracy looks kinda’ gray. (I know he’s old, but not that old… you might want to check that.)

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    Thomas Devers Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    A great idea and nice to see Michael….

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    cartooncharachter  almost 3 years ago

    Hi Folks! Please welcome my dad. He is an 86 yo Vet and has followed Dick Tracy since he was a very young boy. I am teaching him to use this site and enjoy all of your comments as well as his daily Comic. Thanks to all!! Avatar coming soon.

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    Jonathan K.  almost 3 years ago

    For Better or for Worse is another of my favourite strips. This one will definitely be going into the “Saved Comic Strips” file. Thank you, Team Tracy.

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    Blot  almost 3 years ago

    Back in the 1940’s-50’s you could sell garden seeds (from back page of comics) and win prizes! I chose the “Dick Tracy” camera!

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    Durak Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    And that is how you do a Sunday comic! From the Crimestoppers recap to the cameo appearance, superb!

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Yes, yes i do.

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    Durak Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Wait a sec, is Dick there? Yesterday he said he’d drop by, and that looks like him, center bottom.

    And Michael asks for Junior’s autograph? But not Dick?

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    DoctorTom  almost 3 years ago

    It’s great seeing the FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE tie-in.

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    oakie817  almost 3 years ago

    looks a little like Ted Forth

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    bluegirl285  almost 3 years ago

    Did Lynn Johnston draw Michael in the panels? Because it’s a really good copy of her style.

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    gmayerson  almost 3 years ago

    Just when you thought it was safe to read comics again… FBOFW crossover.

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    buckman-j  almost 3 years ago

    Where’s Farley? ADD cartoonists strike again

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    tsull2121  almost 3 years ago

    PUTTY PUSS that is all :) lol

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    Don Bagert  almost 3 years ago

    So if the original strip was still running in real time, Michael would be about 37 now. Do you think Lynn was trying to draw Michael at that age? (Looks younger to me.)

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    tbj  almost 3 years ago

    Ah, What a Strip!!!

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    Don Bagert  almost 3 years ago

    So Michael Patterson was a great choice to have meeting Junior because:

    1. As previously mentioned, Michael is a published author (I wonder if the film that was optioned from one of his books got made);

    2. Michael and Junior both started in their respective strips as children;

    3. They are now both married and each have two children;

    4. They are both about the same age (see my post above); and

    5. Their respective strips are both highly-regarded and award-winning!

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    Don Bagert  almost 3 years ago

    “I’ve followed your father’s career for years…his strip was just below our family’s in the local paper.” LOL

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    Don Bagert  almost 3 years ago

    The book’s cover is yellow – and that’s for real because it’s a Sunday strip, right?

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    iggyman  almost 3 years ago

    I like the change of pace here, it is good to take a break once in a while.

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    BreathlessMahoney77  almost 3 years ago

    Well, today’s strip sure brought the narrative momentum to a screeching halt.

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    BelaWhiskers  almost 3 years ago

    Junior’s book looks like Angeltop’s book SINS OF THE FATHER.

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    Sisyphos  almost 3 years ago

    Honeymoon is probably a bit young to be totally familiar with Michael Patterson, but I think she is subliminally aware. Michael and Junior’s meeting at Junior’s book signing is entirely apt. But I do wonder who else might be lurking in the crowd (isn’t it nice to see a crowded bookstore? —Just like the Good Old Days); maybe someone not so benign….

    BTW, if Junior’s book were really available, I’d pay a dollar for that! (At least.)

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    The Martha MacRae Fan Club  almost 3 years ago

    Michael Patterson is in the house! Too bad his ex-girlfriend Martha MacRae isn’t included here.

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