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  1. 19 days ago on Dick Tracy

    In the words of one of the Jaegermonsters from Phil Foglio’s “Girl Genius”, “Vell, mebbe ve keel you too, schmot guy!”

  2. about 2 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I thought it was a good Sunday strip. It recaps the relevant plot points from the previous week and sets everything up for next week’s story.

    I especially liked that flashback panel showing Tracy and Pat in their younger days. I started reading DICK TRACY during the Collins/Fletcher Era, and that’s a visual device they often used: cutting away from a conversation to show an image of what’s being talked about while the conversation continues in a caption. I think that was a technique Gould used too, and that Collins was following Gould’s style, but I haven’t read enough of the old Gould strips to remember if that was the case.

    In the late ’80s, Max Collins briefly scripted a few issues of the BATMAN comic book, and I noticed him using the same gimmick: breaking up a “talking heads” sequence with a panel of the object being discussed, while the conversation continues in a caption. This gave me a sort of thrill of recognition: MAC was writing Batman like it was a Dick Tracy story!

    (And not just in regards to this one visual technique; Collins also gave his villains punny, Gouldsian names, like “Ma” Gunn, the owner of an orphanage who trains her charges to steal things and whose first name was “Fae” — “Fae Gunn”, geddit?)

    I remember there was a lot of grousing about Collins’s BATMAN stories at the time by comics fans who liked their Batman Grim ‘n’ Gritty. His run came right after Frank Miller’s BATMAN: YEAR ONE storyline, and I think the fans were expecting more noir. Collins had been scheduled to write six issues, but only five were printed. He re-tooled the script for the sixth into a short story which ran in an anthology book a year or two later.

    Personally, I liked the brief Collins run on the Batman, and would have liked to have seen more.

  3. 2 months ago on Doonesbury

    Early in Glorious Leader’s presidency, a New York theater company caused some controversy by mounting a production of “Julius Caesar” in modern dress with the title character portrayed as Trump. Some of the Donald’s supporters were irate at this, because they remembered that Caesar does not come out well in this play, and accused liberals of glorying in the repeated stabbing of Our First Citizen. But you could argue just as easily that Brutus and Cassius are clueless liberals suffering from “Caesar Derangement Syndrome”, and their assassination plot does nothing but bring disaster down upon Rome and upon themselves. If there’s any villain in “Julius Caesar”, it’s the fickle mob, easily riled up to tear everything down. So perhaps Trump should have been Marc Anthony.

    But there are other Trump analogies in Shakespeare. In one of Trump’s Cabinet meetings, he started off by going around the table and having each man present introduce himself by telling everybody what a swell guy he thought Glorious Leader was. I couldn’t help but think of the beginning of “King Lear”

    Then again, maybe Donald was most like Richard II, the oblivious autocrat who made enemies when he didn’t have to and mishandled the ones he already had.

    Or like Falstaff, the larger-than-life braggart; or Bottom, from “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, who was not content with being cast as the leading man in a play his friends were performing, but wanted to play all the other roles too; or Dogberry, from “Much Ado About Nothing”, who had he lived 500 years later could have been the Master of the Tweet.

    A pity Shakespeare isn’t writing the history of this administration. A little blank verse might make it more palatable.

  4. 3 months ago on Dick Tracy

    And Peggy makes the point that it’s not just the ducks who will be affected; it’s also the neighbors who maybe don’t want an industrial park in their back yards, and the property values of that neighboring land.

    Stephan’s crack about ducks and geese make me think of “Ding” Darling, the cartoonist and conservationist, (and an contemporary of Chester Gould’s), who served for a time in FDR’s administration and pushed for passage of the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. He was sometimes called “The Best Friend A Duck Ever Had” for his advocacy of waterfowl, but he wasn’t just about the ducks. He wanted to protect the nation’s wetlands and regarded the health of a waterfowl population as a barometer of the heath of the entire ecosystem.

  5. 3 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I see I wasn’t the only one who noticed the Chester Gould Universal Symbol for a transmitter emanating from the plant Friendly Oscar so thoughtfully brought in.

  6. 3 months ago on Dick Tracy

    On my drive home from work last night, I heard a story on the radio about the Supreme Court hearing arguments on a case which touches on events from this story. The case centers on when police are permitted to enter a home without a warrant due to an emergency.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/03/24/980906085/supreme-court-mulls-whether-police-can-enter-home-without-warrant-to-save-a-life

    We saw Tracy and Sam do something like that just a couple weeks ago.

  7. 3 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I’m wondering if they originally intended to have Tiger’s encounter with the Plentys to go on for longer, but decided they needed to tie up this plot thread quickly.

  8. 4 months ago on Dick Tracy

    He might not be reaching to grab the evidence. That was my first interpretation too, but it occurs to me that he might just be resting his hand on his knee to steady himself.

    Maybe.

    Or maybe he’s reaching for the stick to use to pick it up. I dunno.

  9. 7 months ago on Dick Tracy

    I do like a master criminal who can look at things philosophically.

  10. 7 months ago on Dick Tracy

    He does bear a bit of a resemblance to “Dum-Dum” Dugan, Nick Fury’s old teammate. And “Daisy” does seem to be a bit of a dum-dum.

    He’s nowhere near as cool as Louie the Lilac, though.