I’m truly sorry you thought I was trying to “tear you down.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I was, I admit, upset by the way you talk down to those you disagree with – comments like “Repeat after me, it’s an e-r-r-o-r”, as if you were talking to a little kid. An adult comment section really should rise above that kind of stuff. Have any opinion you want, but treat those who disagree with you with respect. Let’s not fight, OK?
Warbuck’s character is that of a man who doesn’t show much emotion. Instead, he marshals his thoughts (and his men) into a plan of action.
See my reply to GoComicsGo! above, about the significance of the skull mark. (It showed up in the Sunday “throw away” panel, too.
Once during Mumbles’ second appearance when Chester Gould was in top form during his work in the late 1950s, a character named Cinn was asked by Mumbles if she forgave him for trying to cut her out of their scam to retrieve a treasure on his own. She said sure, let by-gones be by-gones, but she was smoking, and she blew a smoke ring in the perfect shape of a skull, to indicate what she was really thinking. I had just bought the re-print comic book at a comic store in Denver, and my brother-in-law thought that was a very interesting way to set the mood.
Seriously, since he’s sitting there working on the homemade bomb, and the dialog hints that he might not know exactly what he’s doing, couldn’t he have picked up the clock, fiddled with it for a second, and then set it back down? (I’m thinking the clock will be some sort of timing mechanism)
Agreed, avenger09. Please, everybody – express your opinions with courtesy and respect.
But hey… what the hell do I know?
Not very much, apparently. For example, you don’t know (or can’t see) that there are clearly at least two computer monitors on the desk yesterday, one of which is hidden because this is a different POV today.
You also don’t know that it’s supposed to be fun to read a comic strip, and unless there is a really egregious mistake, there really isn’t any point in picking each day’s offering apart, looking for errors. To each his own, I guess, but I hope you’re not this sour in real life.
I mean sure, we all have opinions about story and plot, but come on! Worrying about whether the file cabinet is in a scene or not? There are usually plenty of tiny continuity errors in movies, but they don’t stop us from enjoying the show, do they? Of course, I don’t know you, but you come across here as someone who revels in looking for mistakes. If that’s not really who you are, you might want to consider lightening up a bit.
Yesterday, the POV is from desk-top level, slanting slightly upward. The land-line phone is in the lower left corner to orient and anchor the POV. Tracy’s hat is on top of the file cabinet. Today, Tracy is reaching for his hat, which obviously means he pushed back his chair and stood up. (I just stood next to my file cabinet, which is a standard 4-drawer. It comes slightly higher than the center of my rib cage. it would be no stretch at all for me to reach over and pick up a hat from the top, if I had a hat there.) The POV of today’s strip is a closeup shot of Tracy – as if the “camera” rose along with Tracy when he stood up, and then zoomed in closer to him as he stood next to the cabinet. (That’s actually very thoughtful artwork, imitating what you might see in a movie.) The coat tree from yesterday is still there, the certificate is still on the wall. The cabinet is obviously behind Tracy, whose body is blocking it from view. Conclusion: No errors in today’s strip; everybody try again tomorrow.
Oh, Mr. Caulfield – Even you don’t know (or care about) the difference between “there” and “their”?
Hello and welcome to the strip. Sam Catchem has been Tracy’s partner since 1949. Chester Gould, the original creator of Dick Tracy, had a very good friend who was Jewish. This friend had been nudging Gould to put a Jewish character into the strip. Gould obliged his friend with the creation of Sam Catchem. (Gould apparently drew him to look a little like his friend.) Sam has always been depicted as a top-notch professional detective, although some of his early predicaments in the strip were edged with dark humor as well. Sam himself has a wry sense of humor, and enjoys modern police techniques. During Gould’s run on the strip, Sam was often depicted in the police lab,using iodine fumes to bring out fingerprints off of cigarette butts, reconstructing broken glass from hit-and-run headlights over a clay base, examining debris vacuumed up at a crime scene, etc. I have always enjoyed Sam Catchem’s character.
Large round snowflakes are sort of an unofficial “trademark” in the Dick Tracy strip, because Gould used them often, as he used the weather generally as integral parts of many of his most famous stories.