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  1. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    It’s not so much the concept of the villain… a whack- a- do that sees and talks to people who aren’t there could fit nicely into Tracy’s world. (And I get the people who are worried about “crossing a line,” but there are many great fictional villains all across literature, movies, and tv whose personalities display characteristics of real world mental illnesses.) My complaint is more with Mike’s own seemingly obsessive compulsive disorder of constantly including cross-references, guest stars, wink and nod rip offs, or name drops of fictional or real life characters. I’m really not a fan of it at all, but I believe it would be much, much more effective if used sparingly instead of seemingly every 3 or 4 days (or sometimes through whole storylines) as it is done now. I long for the days when Tracy’s writers knew there were strong enough characters already in this strip and didn’t feel the need for constant fan boy fluff.

  2. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    It’s really unbelievable the desperate depths that Mike will stoop to just to name- drop in this strip. I mean to create a villain whose main quirk is to yell at people who aren’t there? Just to reference Boomhower and Laurel and Hardy? What’s next??

  3. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    In defense of the creative team… I know there’s a lot of us who want to see more “police procedure” when it comes to solving crimes, but if every bit of mundane work that goes into real-life crime solving, we would have a very boring strip with cases that drug on for years.

  4. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    Dang auto-correct… “BOARD games!”

  5. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    Actually, the crimes are pretty tame these days in Travy Town… the MCU has been reduced to tracking down such things as counterfeit cartoon cells and stolen boats games…

  6. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    Gould did inject humor into the strip from time to time; I think Lawrence hit the nail on the head… it was necessary to balance out some of the dangerous, violent, and sometimes grisley plots of the day. I just wish we could have more action and violence today (as much as the distributors would allow, anyway) to balance out the corny joke-type scripts that the scales have tipped to currently. To paraphrase Ray Toler’s comment from yesterday, the current Dick Tracy strip seems about as dangerous as a Richie Rich comic book. And to BreathlessMahoney’s original comment, I think what really stinks the current strip are all of the goofy cameos, crossovers, and winks- and- nods to all things pop culture, collectibles, cosplay, comic books, comic strips, etc…

  7. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I’m a fan of the Plenty’s, too, but I would classify them more as “recurring” characters than “regular” characters. As I said yesterday, I think there can be a danger in overusing such characters, especially now, with Mike’s current chicken obsession.

  8. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I’d say you stated things perfectly…

  9. 6 months ago on Dick Tracy

    A key to good supporting characters is to not overuse them

  10. 7 months ago on Dick Tracy

    Leslie Parrish and Julie Newmar made quite memorable impressions on me, too…