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  1. about 1 hour ago on Dick Tracy

    Well, if any man, big or small, was in a turbine when it started to turn, they surely would disappear! (Just kidding – I know you meant turban.)

  2. about 1 hour ago on Dick Tracy

    Agreed. Plus, Punjab and the Asp have methods that are obviously outside of the law. While that worked in the LOA strip, which had its own philosophy, it is in major conflict with the ideas inherent in DICK TRACY. Gould ran into trouble with that very thing when he started messing around with Moon Maid’s ability to zap criminals right where they stood, etc. (Interestingly, Gould and Gray were friends, sharing their thoughts with each other, but the strips were very different.)

  3. about 1 hour ago on Dick Tracy

    Agreed, although many of the things she did in the original strip, especially during the 40s and 50s, belied her supposed age. She was very often depicted as wise beyond her years, maneuvering the adults around her into helping themselves, etc. She could cook a full, glorious meal for hungry farmers while the farmer’s own wife was in town socializing. She helped several small businesses get back on their feet. Her many soliloquies revealed a deep, adult philosophy, which was, of course, actually Harold Gray’s philosophy most of the time.

  4. about 1 hour ago on Dick Tracy

    I believe Brenda retired from her paper at the end of her official strip. But, if having her around will give Joe an opportunity to draw us some realistic press room scenes. I’m in!

  5. 2 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Last week, Jim Doherty went to great lengths to explain his take on the aging of characters in Dick Tracy – mostly because he was forced to repeat himself numerous times for the benefit of those who failed to read his earlier comments. He said Tracy is in his 50s, and will probably stay that way from now on, so anything that happened in the strip earlier will be compressed into approximately a 30 year span. That works for the rest of the adult characters in the strip as well, although the Chief (Pat Patton) seems to have aged more than Tracy. Even Junior caught up with himself somewhere, and is now an adult. But they’re going to have a problem if they try to work earlier events from the Annie continuity into this strip, because Annie has never aged. In the classic LOA strip, she wandered from place to place, and rarely encountered the same people twice, except for the core supporting cast of Oliver, Asp and Punjab. But now they’re trying to make her a pre-teen with Honeymoon as a friend. If they start bringing up stuff from long ago, time will really be bending out of shape, I should think.

    Again, this could be a fun ride, but I do wonder why Mike insists on these cross-overs and reusing old characters so much. Why not move forward with new material? I like keeping Tracy looking like he has always looked, with coat and hat, in an indeterminate era, but that still leaves room for modern crime stories, doesn’t it? Oh well, just my thoughts on the matter.

  6. 4 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I looked up both words, so I would know for sure what I was talking about. A testimony is a formal statement, written or given orally, usually in a court of law, stating facts. A testimonial is a formal statement attesting to someone’s character, a tribute to someone, honoring someone for an achievement. I believe willofark is correct – in the context of what the Chief is talking about, the better word would have been testimony.

  7. 5 days ago on Ask Shagg

    Br’er Bear! My Aunt used to read me those stories from a Disney book when I was a little boy. The art was fascinating to me, and the dialect.

  8. 6 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I also came across a notice today that Peggy Lipton has passed.

  9. 6 days ago on Dick Tracy

    For one thing, BB Eyes killed a cop, and left a taunting note for Tracy in his own handwriting. Tracy said at the time he had signed his own death warrant by doing that, but then he “died” in the drowning incident, which Mike conveniently ret-conned. So he really should be still liable to that charge.

  10. 6 days ago on Wallace the Brave

    I figure it’s either sun-rise or sun-set – more likely sun-set. The boys probably wouldn’t be able to wander on their own so early in the morning during the school year.