Male ~ Born 1959.
Professor of English.
Home: Sweet Home Chicago.
Wonderful art with a variety of looks at Alldid’s office. The doors swing wide to reveal Ms. DeCarlo giving Tracy the skinny on her last sighting of the missing cartoonist. The cut away to Archival’s estate as her answers continue in “top text” boxes is especially effective. I see zero “connecting” between Mysta and Vera. He supports her in the aftermath of the reflected ring zing, as the guards secure the prisoners at gunpoint. From the poolside talk with Honeymoon to the ZAP at the close of the promotional tour, there was no doubt left as to the utter absence of romantic feelings on Mysta’s part. Mysta rests as Vera works under duress. We’ve seen wealthy, eccentric criminals employ lackies to do their bidding, and in this regard Archival is assured that his latest “collectables” are secured. Ms. DeCarlo has pointed Tracy to the collector. Tracy will not be welcome at the estate, yet today’s development assures progress will be forthcoming.
Thanks for the generous likes. Very much appreciated.
Peanutbutter shares concerns regarding the hiatus
“Would not give the malcontents another cause to hate us.
He’s selling books and has a hit. All love the Maid from Mars
Promo tour a success. The two of them are stars.”
Tracy knows that something’s wrong. Inclined to ask more questions
Gather facts. Determine truth. Evidence trumps suggestions.
Visit posh office of Alldid. Tracy needs more facts
Appointment with Archival. Now is the time to act.
Elsewhere, Vera’s hard at work. He sketches, draws, and inks
Mysta drained by ring attack. She sleeps for forty winks.
In Dreamtime she is safe from harm. At home. On stage. On set.
Moon Maid’s blood remains at work. She’s not done changing yet.
Moon Maid was indeed a popular attraction back in the day. She appeared with Honeymoon at one of the stage shows.
Mysta had just returned home from the completed promotional tour (6/27). She unpacked and may have written about the experience. Vera called her very soon after the tour ended to tell her of Archival’s invitation. Not expecting to be abducted, there was no need to pack a bag. Tracy’s instincts already told him that the “elopement” was a lie. Now he has some evidence to support his supposition.
Eight years ago: “I wonder if [he] is a knock off of Retik?” (Radar Men from the Moon), said jmcx4. PaStark chimed in to note that, “Retik is a moonman. Roy Barcroft played him in the 1952 serial, Radar Men from the Moon.
These comments shot down my notion that the link was to Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. We first saw Retik and Stellaluna at the Apollo.
The “Tyson” Observatory is a nod to Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist. Astronomer David Levy, working at the Palomar Observatory in California, United States, discovered the asteroid that was subsequently named for Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Starvation is always the best policy.
Not the annoying kid from 72-73, the adult Homer comes to Tracy with concerns prompted by his knowledge of how lead time works. Tracy knows that “Peanutbutter” is onto something, recalling that Alldid continued to work while in jail. Homer declares his opinion that “something has happened to Vera and Mysta!” His youthful crush on Moon Maid may have led him to follow Mysta’s career in the press. I like the positive change we see in Homer. Tracy gets a call that is likely related to what will soon be viewed as a “missing persons” case. Calling Dick Tracy!
Stellaluna and Retik have worked with Mysta at Smith Industries. They have wide-reaching interests in space, so they may work at more than one location. Mysta appears to have no secretary. She took the call from Vera’s secretary when he was wanting to pitch his promotional tour.
Love the way Alldid and Straightedge appear in the wafting aroma of Tracy’s coffee. We pivot to Peanutbutter questioning Tracy, his hand adjusting his glasses to accentuate the query. Closing with an overhead shot, the conversation leaves Tracy wanting to begin questioning those close to Mysta. Well done. I appreciate Tracy’s firm belief—which is correct—that Mysta would never marry Alldud.
Peanutbutter calls them the comics, while The Daily calls then the funnies. Let the debate begin. While I detect a strong possibility that Peanutbutter cuts his own hair, the pivot to J. Straightedge Trustworthy indicates that he will next share his concern regarding Vera’s “hiatus.” Tracy should instinctively know that Mysta would never marry Alldud, so the game is afoot. I sense a touch of rehabilitation for the once annoying Peanutbutter as he emerges from mothballs. Nicely played.