I think Tar thought the exact opposite of that and this is an example of situational irony: “A contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things.” Barnabas Tar was likely a malignant narcissist as evidenced by his forcibly making Wendy Wichel publicize his chosen superior-sounding moniker, “The Professor”, instead of the diminutive “Teacher’s Pet”. It’s not too far of a stretch to infer that he thought of teachers as societal “garbage” or “filth” that he was heroically cleaning up, making the place of his fatal comeuppance ironic.
I like the Comics Kingdom version much more. By being darker with more contrast, it doesn’t diminish the film noir feel as much as the comparatively bright version here. And yes, doc1947g nailed it: nothing beats Staton’s unaltered b&w dailies!
Yep, you and West Pecan nailed it! The b&w version avoids the confusion:https://tribunecontentagency.com/premium-content/comics/dick-tracy/
I’m confused!! If Tracy is driving, how can Joe be following? The shoulder in panel 1 makes it look like Joe is still in the squad car (and intimately guarding the stick shift?) If they’re blocked then who’s making the collar? Did Sam and Lee follow for back up? Was Bonnie packing heat and decided to step up? Is it the maître d’ making sure Tar doesn’t successfully dine & dash?
D’oh! Yeah, I completely forgot that Joe took a leave of absence. Doesn’t change the dynamic, though: sure Joe, you can drive for an unofficial hunch; slide over Joe, you’re just on a ride-along now that this is official business. Unexplained but not necessarily a continuity error.
Been there, done that!!
Nice catch! All I can think of is that the original “got any dinner plans” hunch was an off-duty unofficial thing so Joe was okay to drive. But once they learned on-route that Tar was now implicated as the prime suspect, it became official MCU business and Tracy would have to assume control of the vehicle.
But as somebody else said the other day, Joe is in town on official business for this exact case. If Barnabas Tar would be considered a fugitive suspect from Joe’s jurisdiction, then Joe has every right to assist the local authorities as long as he has been welcomed in to the investigation. In real life there would be bureaucratic stuff to slog thru but in their own comics universe I think we’re all good for him to ride shotgun.
I think it will work because like DaJellyBelly commented below, Joe is waiting like a hunter just outside the back door while Tracy flushes out the prey right to him. I’m hoping Tar literally “won’t know what hit him” as Joe floors him with a massive wallop right to the jaw. In my mind’s eye I can already see how Joe might stage it to visually mirror Barnabas’ swipe at the table so the two swings bookend the chase.
I’ve written some great lyrics and/or improved some mediocre ones in those minutes right before sleep. Got the notepad and wrote ‘em down, sometimes w/chord changes and everything! It’s worked for me…
I only wish I could like it twice! Once for the whole thing and then a bonus like for “rumpus”!