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And what about…Naomi?
Yeah, I’m gonna go back and reread the Al and Gustine story. Endtwon has always been grim, but it used to also find room for genuine laughs. I miss the tightrope walk, balancing between humor and horror. We only get one of those now.
Crossovers can work: I just bought a very successful one called “Batman ’66 meets Steed and Mrs. Peel.” Because it was in comic book format, the author and artist had the room to give the stars of both shows many chances to shine. (I thought it was very well done.) The problem with crossovers in Dick Tracy is the format of the daily strip is just too tight for this to work except in exceptional cases. I think the Spirit story only really worked in the climactic rain-soaked fight scene. Maybe this will go better…
Hi, Dean. I’m a mail carrier, and the Post Office does not require the name on the box, only the house number. And a lot of people don’t even do that.
I can’t help with Monk, but according to The Dick Tracy Casebook the Model story began 1/23/52.
“Hot water, good dentistry, and shoft lavatory paper.”
(name THAT flick)
Old and lame, just the way Chester Gould liked his jokes. Read not only his Vera Alldid stuff, but also the earlier strip-within-a-strip “Sawdust”, with jokes by Moon Maid! I’m not making this up!
Yeah, that’s the way Chester Gould did it…most of the time. One major exception was the Flattop, Jr. story which sort of disappeared for a bit only to end smack in the middle of the next story. But at least it was the same year.
Everybody’s talking about Otis, but what I keep seeing is how very Gouldian Mr. Dee looks. Especially in panel three.
Some of those comments about Snowflake (Vitamin’s first wife) were made by Tracy himself. One of Dick’s major flaws during the Gould years was a tendency to speak without thinking when he disapproved of a friend or family member’s major life choice. He hurt Vitamin and Snowflake with his blunt words (and later hurt Junior the same way.) Dick is far from perfect, though in recent years he seems to have learned some restraint in this area.