Approved by the Comics Code Authority.
10 plugs Kadaver and flees. Ms. Mortis gives chase. And with his dying breath, Abner gasps “Rikki, don’t lose that number!”
Ten’s thought balloon has me wondering. My first thought was that he was tailing Abner, with instructions to permanently cancel his contract after the botched hit at the courthouse. But if so, he wouldn’t be surprised or confused to see AK. Maybe the question mark indicates he wasn’t expecting to find Rikki there?
“Read him his Miranda rights, Sam.”
I was thinking maybe they had a KadaverKopter
Color-corrected or not, I’d hang a poster of that center panel (minus the word balloon).
I’ve just finished “True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee,” and I’m seeing unsettling similarities between Auntie Bellum’s scheming relatives and hangers-on and the entourage who surrounded the Marvel titan in his final years. The listening device even strikes a chord. I wish Stan had had someone like Tracy looking out for his interests.
This is great! Inspiring motivation for taking a folder to the records room. :)
I suppose we’re to infer the bearded guy made the sculpture in the pic, but he reminds me of MAD Magazine publisher William M. “Bill” Gaines.
Overthinking for fun: Based on Peggy’s appearance, I think we can assume the photos were taken at roughly the same time, and Cass Elliot — I definitely think that’s her in the first pic — died in 1974. Jerry Garcia eventually developed more than a “touch of grey,” but he was dark-haired through the 1970s, so I don’t think that’s him.
But just the dawning of the Rage of Aquarius
The Pouch/Johnny Scorn plotline was the first one I followed when I began reading Dick Tracy as a kid.