Dick Tracy by Mike Curtis and Shelley Pleger for June 04, 2023

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    Pequod  9 months ago

    Boss hears voices in his head.

    Just a worker, so I dread

    To hear him speak to one not there

    Newbies gawk. The vets don’t care.

    Landline rings, “Four digits, please”

    A gift is promised just to tease

    The unsuspecting easy mark

    For the scamming hungry shark.

    Elsewhere, a train rolls down the tracks

    Sprocket smiles, as shoes she lacks

    A temp work gig is on her mind

    Look for Fate to be unkind.

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    Ashmael  9 months ago

    Send this Sunday to Quentin Tarantino

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    avenger09  9 months ago

    A temp job???

    How freaking long is that book signing, 3 months?

    He’ll sign one book a day??

    Silly conversation.

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    Brian  Premium Member 9 months ago

    Well, we see how the stories will connect now. Not a great job idea for someone on the lam from the cops.

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    avenger09  9 months ago

    Sprocket has a funky big toe in the first panel. It must be able to change position! LOL!

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    avenger09  9 months ago

    Looks like Neil lied to us, he DID exchange plot information with Mike at the furry convention!

    What else was exchanged????

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    Neil Wick  9 months ago

    Good morning™, everyone!

    Susan/Sprocket wanted out of the scam business, but it looks like she is going to accidentally go back into a different type of scam, only on the phone this time.

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    avenger09  9 months ago

    On a serious note, the timing of today’s strip is unfortunate given the tragic train crash yesterday in India.

    Let’s pray for the survivors and for those who lost loved ones.

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    seismic-2 Premium Member 9 months ago

    All his book signings for the next months are in the same city? Doesn’t he understand how book tours work?

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    firestrike1  9 months ago

    seems like her mode of transportation is a pair of flip-flops when she’s not doing the barefoot thing… that’s a happy medium between going barefoot and not wanting your entire foot covered by shoe material…

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    BreathlessMahoney77  9 months ago

    Once again, Mike has written a strip that is about 5 to 10 years behind the times & has some questionable narrative features. Authors, for the most part, really don’t do lengthy book tours any more, the few newspapers that still exist really don’t have classified ad sections, & whoever heard of someone accompanying their spouse on a business trip & then deciding to spend their spare time on a temp job. They might as well have stayed home if they’re going to have that much free time on their hands. I guess Mike wanted to have Sprocket inadvertently find herself in the middle of some other con man’s scam operation & then see how she would react, which could make for a valid storyline — does she revert to her criminal identity, play along with it, or try to expose it & risk revealing her real identity to Adam? But as usual Mike seems to have taken an approach that undermines the whole plausibility of the story by being both overcomplicated & not really thought out.

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    GoComicsGo!  9 months ago

    Wow! The depiction of Adam is so different from last Sunday, today’s looks like the version that Neil said was Joe’s drawing of him that made him look older than last weeks where Shelley made him look younger.

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    IvanB.Cohen  9 months ago

    When production of Adam’s book ramps up, what are the odds that the call center will try to grab a piece of the action?

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    IvanB.Cohen  9 months ago

    Wait a minute, Susan will get a job at the call center. MCU, when they get wind of this will make her their criminal informant. Based on the ad, there must be a high turnover at that place.

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    IvanB.Cohen  9 months ago

    The boss/supervisor who is having monologues with himself needs to get help to deal with that stress. Unless Susan wears her wedding ring, the guy is going to make a pass at her.

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    iggyman  9 months ago

    Ok, I have to say it, I LOVE that train!

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    Sporteric11   9 months ago

    Is she going to get a job working with Miss Cleo and join the Psychic Network? Can she do a fake Jamaican accent “Mon” ?

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    crobinson019  9 months ago

    Well she’s certainly used to scamming people—you might say it’s the family business

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    Ken in Ohio  9 months ago

    I do have one nit-pick about the train – Amtrak doesn’t use “cab-cars” (passenger seating and a control cab all in one unit) on their long distance, cross-country trains. They have been using the GE “Genesis” locomotives for over 20 years, and they are now beginning to phase in new Siemens “Charger” locomotives. The characters are supposed to be going to our unnamed mid-west city from California. But it is still a very nice rendering of a passenger train.

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    Gent  9 months ago

    Eh everyone notice me bear feets.

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    Don Bagert Premium Member 9 months ago

    That’s a rather large Uber they’re in.

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    tsull2121  9 months ago

    Wait til he finds out her name **ISN’T**Susan, and that she’s a wanted criminal

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    General Trelane (Ret.) Premium Member 9 months ago

    There’s male pattern baldness guy again.

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    Wichita1.0  9 months ago

    And then Yeti ambles through, disguised as a conductor…

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    Just-me  9 months ago

    Reminds me of the Robert Parker song Barefootin

    For your entertainment.


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    avenger09  9 months ago

    Somebody is a coward.Unacceptable in Tracyville! LOL!

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    orbenjawell Premium Member 9 months ago

    Oooof: another “tailor-made for hippies” type job prospect! As “B.D.” once remarked to “Zonker” Harris: “Ah, dressed for failure, I see……”…….

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    markwillman4  9 months ago

    OT: I took a tumble trying to be Spider-Man at one of my local Walmarts and banged my right hand and thumb. It’s hard to type as I’m right-hnded so I’m a little quiet (I know… HALLELUJAH!), but I’m still here “Liking.” Hopefully I’ll be back to yapping in a few days. Peace, my peeps!

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    Another Take  9 months ago

    A Feast for the Feet Freaks

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    Another Take  9 months ago

    1-CHAINRING: We would a been there hours ago if you weren’t so scared of flying.

    2-ATOM: I’m flying in my mind, baby! CHAINRING: You must be if you think that combover is working for you.

    3-…Hmmm. The Tracyville Times has a Swingers section.

    4-ATOM: Yeah? Lemme see! CHAINRING: Oooh. I think I’ll give this one a call – Are your feet big and dirty? I wanna know you!

    5-ATOM: HA! I placed that ad before we left! You’ll just be calling me!

    CHAINRING: Oh you! I should’ve known. Now come on…give me some of foot! Oh yeah! That’s it. Ooh. Just like that. Wait. Are you wearing protection?

    ATOM: Yes – my tan ones.

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    tcayer  9 months ago

    That sounds like a pretty temporary temp job!

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    jim_pem  9 months ago

    I’m pleasantly surprised to see that we aren’t still sitting around the police station listening to Tracy, Sam, BO, and the chicken talk and cluck about what they are going to do. Maybe that will pick back up tomorrow. It looks like some movement in the plot, however little. The Nitrates, Sprocket at least, will have something to do with this slow-moving train of a story.

    Avenger rightly pointed out Sprocket’s two left feet. That’s an oops from an otherwise stellar artist. Shelley got them right in the last pane.

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    Sisyphos  9 months ago

    Throw away that throwaway panel: Susan/Sprocket should not have two left feet (though both are drawn well)! Looks freakish.

    Artsy-fartsy Adam author Austin, in his turtleneck, jacket, thin-rim glasses, and pathetic comb-over, is heading from “our house in the country” to “the big city” for (unquantified) book signings (plural). Responding to his question, Susan says maybe she’ll take a temp job, and is attracted to one (which we know to be the phone scam call center boiler room) in particular because it specifies no dress code, suiting her preference for being barefoot at all times. And she plays footsie with Adam, who has shed a loafer to join in with her….

    So idyllic! What could possibly go wrong?

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    Advise Sprocket to work in a soup kitchen instead, feeding the homeless

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    WilliamVollmer  9 months ago

    Okay, with this flashback, we’ve seemingly established that phone center Susan is Sprocket, who apparently doesn’t like wearing shoes (or, even socks.)

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