I think the same type of thing could be said, for the most part, about Sherlock Holmes. It’s been a while, but I read the complete works about Holmes at one time. Rarely did the stories change Holmes much, with a couple of notable exceptions. But most of the stories had Holmes and Watson as constants, working their way through various circumstances. Now that I think about it, the same is true for the very popular Jack Reacher novels. The readers don’t really want Jack to go through some life altering experience; they want him to be Reacher. Even childhood series like Ken Holt Mysteries had Ken and Sandy as established characters. When the authors tried, in the last book of the series, to have them go through something that caused them to re-think their way of looking at things, that book kind of fizzled, IMO. And yet, the books were without a doubt about Sherlock Holmes, Jack Reacher and Ken Holt. This strip is about Dick Tracy, but it fits into that class of story telling where the main character is a constant, for the most part.
So the panel showing this woman in the cast of “Our Town” was supposed to be some sort of mysterious foreshadowing, like when Chester Gould started having billboards in the background saying “Coming Soon: Braids!” weeks before Bonnie Braids was born?
I got mixed up about that too, but re-reading the 1st panel in the last row, Tracy is saying that Kassie has the deficiency, and therefore has access to the powder, which she apparently used on Clara’s ice cubes. So one point is met: the means has been established. And the opportunity, too. But as a story, even if it was only two weeks, this is written extremely poorly.
We’re one day away from the end, and we don’t really know a thing about this “case”. What was the cause of death? The coroner never told us, or Tracy. For that matter, is she dead? I guess we must assume she is, but it was never confirmed. They found a fellow model face down on the floor, and stood around talking instead of trying to render aid. All this was just an excuse to draw two weeks worth of pretty women in swim suits. There was no story here at all. And this artist rarely got Tracy right. (Sigh) Big disappointment for me.
Well, Friday was drawn with closed lips yesterday, but I didn’t say anything, because I didn’t want to mess with the solemn mood of the 9-11 tribute.
That’s a backdrop for the photography; it was shown very early in the sequence, before the body was discovered.
corpcasselbury has a very reasonable idea, posted above. But Tracy has always been ahead of his time. He carried a small kit of chemicals for testing for blood on his honeymoon, which annoyed Tess more than a little bit.
♪ ♫ Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day!
By coincidence Michael J. Fox not only played Marty in BTTF, but a character named Doc who was a plastic surgeon on his way to Hollywood, who got stuck with some legal troubles in a small town. See the link posted below by pearlsbs.
Sure, when the characters were laughing, or, as I said the other day, shouting or calling across the street, but these folks are inside a crime scene building. I don’t think the artist intends for us to understand that they are all yelling. They just look that way.