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  1. 1 day ago on Dick Tracy

    Thank you. I see your point, but I guess I don’t think that the passage of time would make much difference in this individual case. I think the whole thing is character driven, much like Jim Rockford calling his Dad “Rocky” throughout most of the run of Rockford Files. It was clear from the stories that Jim loved and respected his father very much. It’s just that their particular circumstances made it normal for them, whereas someone else doing it would be way out of line. (Full disclosure: I called my parents “Mom and Dad”, and never wanted it any other way. I loved them very much!)

  2. 1 day ago on Dick Tracy

    See my reply to avenger09 above. Junior is Tracy’s adopted son, but there is a lot of history unique to their particular circumstances – cop rescuing street urchin from a life of crime. Those of us who have been reading their adventures from way back can “feel” why Jr. calls him “Tracy”

  3. 1 day ago on Dick Tracy


    There is nothing “needle-in-haystack” about this. Look at the entirety of Junior’s relationship with Tracy. When Tracy first took him in, getting him away from the criminal who was teaching him to steal, there was a very real element of “big brother” to the relationship, in terms of how Tracy interacted with Jr. It was very natural for Jr. to call him “Tracy”. It was, and still is, an intimate term of affection, in the unique circumstances of their relationship. (The young actor who played Jr. in the Dick Tracy movie was able to put this across very well.) The truth is that Jr. probably had (and has) more love and respect for Tracy than many of his peers who used more traditional words like Dad or Pop for their fathers.

    (I gave this a lot of thought. I would love it if you would read it carefully and give me a reasoned, thoughtful response.)

  4. 1 day ago on Gary Varvel

    I do not understand what your point is here. I believe every one of these verses, but how do any of them negate the fact that God knows each individual while they are still in the womb, and considers them persons? (Also, God’s Holy Spirit, interacting in perfect unity with the Father and the Son, is not the same thing as the physical oxygen which God created for humans to breath while on Earth.) There is a great mystery to this. He can come upon someone still in the womb. (Luke 1:15) He was actively involved at creation. (Genesis 1:2) We could study what the Bible says about God’s Spirit for a lifetime, but I only wanted to show you that God considers not-yet-born infants to be persons.

  5. 3 days ago on Gary Varvel

    Even the Bible doesn’t call it a person until the “Breath of Life” enters the body.

    I’m sorry, but your statement is false. This passage from Psalm 139 clearly shows the “personhood” of someone still within the womb:

    “O LORD, Thou hast searched me and known me. . .For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well " (v.1, 13-14)

    The baby in the womb is clearly shown here to be an individual already known by God.

    I picked these verses for brevity in this forum, because they most clearly address this particular point. The poetry used in the Psalms quite often mixes together multiple truths about God and man. Read the whole Psalm if you like. It is beautiful.

  6. 3 days ago on The Argyle Sweater

    Much like George Reeves had to make a PSA telling kids that they absolutely must not jump out of windows or off roofs while in their Superman costumes!

  7. 3 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I’m not sure it will matter. When Chester Gould went off the rails with his “moon period” in the late 60s, the question of Tracy’s jurisdiction or authority didn’t really come up. He just just went flying off to the moon at will, leaving Sam in the middle of a case back on earth. Then, when he returned, it was “Here’s what we’re working on, Tracy. Glad you’re back” – until the next moon trip. (Full disclosure – these are sketchy memories, because I sort of stopped reading the strip around this time. But I do remember wondering how a city detective could still act like a cop on the moon.)

  8. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    We seem to be in the minority on this, but I agree with you. Even if the sort of DNA “science” used to shoe horn Moon Maid back into the strip were possible, I can’t see family and loved ones of the original falling all over themselves making Mysta welcome. I think there would be all kinds of emotional shields up, not to mention just the practical reasons to be cautious.

    After all, the original Moon Maid was Tracy’s daughter-in-law, and Tracy and Junior went through a lot over her in the original story, not to mention her death. Now here comes this pseudo-science wanna be, who was actually opposed to much that Tracy stands for originally, and she has become a mentor to Tracy’s granddaughter? To my mind, that’s actually cringeworthy, no matter how much some folks love Moon Maid.

    But here we are, so I guess I’ll stick around and see where the story takes us.

  9. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy
    Green Arrow will quiver. . .


  10. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    The Moon Gov.‘s coat hangs next to Tracy’s iconic coat and hat. Perhaps this is a sort of visual foreshadowing – the two of them working together on something.