Dick Tracy by Mike Curtis and Shelley Pleger for September 26, 2021

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    Pequod  2 months ago

    Nobody’s gonna keep him down

    The escape artist likes to clown.

    Behind jail bars a bitter cup

    Blackjack knocked down. He got back up.

    This bird has flown, could not be kept

    The Warden cursed before he wept.

    Gained renown as a tub-thumper

    O’er prison walls he’s now a jumper.

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    Neil Wick  2 months ago

    Good morning™, everyone!

    There’s that song again, so Blackjack (another one of Mike Curtis’s greatest hits) is back. He gets knocked down (or in prison) and he get up again (or breaks out again). That should distract Tracy, but I’m not sure Ace is behind that.

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    Leo Cannyn Premium Member 2 months ago

    Looks like this storyline is a best of series for the past half decade of strips with cameos. I’m enjoying it so far.

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    Gweedo -it's legal here- Murray  2 months ago

    Good morning™, sideways story cuts !

    New story or will mr. “Thumper” be working concurrently during the time machine arc ?  Can MCU handle two crime actors going at the same time ?

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    artsyguy65  2 months ago

    Good Morning™, Tubthumpers!

    I’d think it would be unlikely for this to be a coincidence — looks like Black Jack is being revealed as the new Ace of Spades. I haven’t been reading through the comments as scrupulously as usual of late but I don’t recall anyone theorizing about this scenario, even though the monikers are both card related. And will Fritz Ann be showing up as per usual since BlackJack is involved?

    Did someone call this?!? Did BlackJack tunnel out behind a Bridget Bardot poster? Is he calling Chumbawamba to get the gang back together again? …

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 2 months ago

    Tracy loves to gossip with the warden!

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    blunebottle  2 months ago

    Blackjack, the lovable villain.

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    Jab Jr 1957  2 months ago

    I wonder what Tracy did with Blackjack’s Tracy collection. Tracy promised to take care of it back when Blackjack was jailed in 2017. (I just read that strip a couple of days ago.)

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    iggyman  2 months ago

    I am eating a can of sardines as I am waiting with baited breath to see where all this is going!

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    EOCostello  2 months ago

    Hurrah! One of my favourite characters.

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    LawrenceS  2 months ago

    Is there a logical progression in the strip? ‘Tubthumping’ is playing on the oldies station (presumably the Chumbawamba version – although there are fun covers by They Might be Giants and The Wurzels) so Tracy decides to call the warden at the state pen. Does he make a call every time he hears it played? And, by amazing coincidence, Black Jack has escaped only minutes earlier – or the MCU and the media would certainly be aware of the fact.

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    crobinson019  2 months ago

    Not the Best Tracy villain, but certainly has the class to attempt this

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    Ken in Ohio  2 months ago

    So, as LawrenceS points out, Tracy walks in to HQ and suddenly is overcome with an urge to call the warden at the state prison, just because that song is on the radio? Is that what we’re supposed to get from this?

    Nice art today. The combination of Joe’s drawings and Shane’s colors and shading makes both Tracy and Sam look particularly good.

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    orbenjawell Premium Member 2 months ago

    That ray-didi-yo in P1: Ooooh! I want one! I WANT ONE!!

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    436rge  2 months ago

    Dick Tracy will be celebrating 90 years next week!

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    Wichita1.0  2 months ago

    Or, in my case, “I get knocked down. Don’t get up again. Just lie on the floor and bleeeeeed.”

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    cmerb  2 months ago

    Terrific , images again today . This is getting to be a great story .

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    iggyman  2 months ago

    I was just reading about Blackjack and how he took the name of Blackjack Ketchem, an old West outlaw. Any relation to Sam?

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    ChucklinChuck  2 months ago

    Looks like Tracy’s wearing his bowlesss chapeau today. Must be his Sunday best.

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    MuddyUSA   2 months ago

    Blackjack breaks out of prison before Tracy’s visit…how inconsiderate!

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    Ray Toler  2 months ago

    Sam just happens to be listening to Tubthumping just as Blackjack breaks out of jail? No coincidences in Tracyville.

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    Ray Toler  2 months ago

    Does the wrist radio make phone calls? I thought it only connected to others with wrist radios. Does the warden have one as well?

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    Kip Williams  2 months ago

    “That’s it. It’s time to round up every criminal named after a playing card, especially those who would be part of a Royal Straight. Let’s go!”

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    Durak Premium Member 2 months ago

    “Oh, by the way Warden, I was just calling you to check on Rikki. How’s she doing? Pregnant? I don’t even know the girl!”

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    Steve Bartholomew  2 months ago

    Where can I get a watch that makes lightning bolts?

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    Another Take  2 months ago

    1-RADIO: ♫ ♪♪♫ _ I get knocked up and I get locked up again_ ♫ ♪♪♫

    RADIO DJ: AND THAT ONE GOES OUT TO RIKKI TIKKI TAVI IN…Oh. In the State Pen. Well, you know what they say – ain’t no listener as loyal as a captive listener! Now for…

    2-SAM: Good mor… DT: Shaddap! That DJ mentioned Rikki’s name! I better call the Warden. There ain’t no coincidences in Tracyville!

    SAM: choke! No, of course not. Never…

    3-DT: This is Tracy, Warden. I need you to go check Rikki Tikki Tavi’s cell and make sure she’s still in it. I’ll wait…

    4-WARDEN: Yeah, she’s there but… DT: Took you long enough.

    WARDEN: I wasn’t finished. Her bunk mate JackBlack IS MISSING!

    5-DT: Your prison is CO-ED???

    WARDEN: Yes. It’s an experiment to cut down on prison male-on-male sex offenses.

    DT: Fascinating. How’s it working out?

    WARDEN: I don’t wanna talk about it.

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    patroman  2 months ago

    Waitaminnit! Didn’t Blackjack promise Tracy he’d serve his sentence & go straight? What happened?

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    IvanB.Cohen  2 months ago

    “Blackjack has broken out of prison”. So much for maximum security. On second thought was this an inside job?

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    IvanB.Cohen  2 months ago

    I suppose Tracy and Sam could use the time drone to find him…provided the Ace of Spades and the Apparatus did not beat them to the punch.

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    Sisyphos  2 months ago

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The delightful Blackjack has sprung the slam and is back in the Game! Could he be the New Ace, as some have pondered? My opinion is that he is not. But I think he will make an unerring yet unpredictable impact on the affairs of Ace of Spades with Queen of Spades and Apparatus vs. Smith Industries and Major Crimes Unit! Tracyville may have been asleep, as Tracy implied, but it’s about to wake up with a Tubthump and a bang!

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    dalemcnamee9  2 months ago

    And back by popular request… He-e-ere’s Blackjack !

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    jim_pem  2 months ago

    We’re working on an interesting lineup of criminals in this story arc that I imagine will come together at some point. For this one, Tracy could use the time drone to follow Blackjack during his prison break and find out where he’s staying – perhaps hanging out with an Ace and a Ten given the players so far. ;)

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