Dick Tracy by Mike Curtis and Shelley Pleger for May 10, 2020

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    Counterpoint  over 2 years ago

    You can bat on that…

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    Gweedo -it's legal here- Murray  over 2 years ago

    Good morning™, shelved for later considerations !

    That bird is forever on ice.

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    Rod Gonzalez  over 2 years ago

    Tracy acknowledging the resemblance between Broadway Bates and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot.

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    Neil Wick  over 2 years ago

    Good morning™, bat fans!

    Sounds like we won’t have to worry about Mr. Bates any time soon. Next, back to Ms. Dyer.

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    seanyj  over 2 years ago

    Even Tracy made a reference to that other Superhero. I wonder will he make a special appearance in the strip like the Green Hornet did a couple years ago?

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    Cheapskate0  over 2 years ago

    On the other hand, do we really want to believe that criminals are never capable of reform?

    Remember the Mole…

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    Neil Wick  over 2 years ago

    Roll of Honor honoree James Parham’s obituary has some entertaining stories about the pranks he played on his younger brother while growing up:


    The Officer Down Memorial Page has more about what happened to him on September 11:


    I notice a link on that page for a page about law enforcement officers who died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. There are currently 24 officers listed.

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    WelshRat Premium Member over 2 years ago

    He just HAD to prove he has a sense of humour, didn’t he?

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    avenger09  over 2 years ago

    The Joke’s on us

    Why make a big fuss

    The Riddle is why

    No Penguin can fly

    A waste of my time

    Like freezing red wine

    This story’s two faced

    Ike a cat making haste

    In other words quality is sacrificed for quantity in Tracyville!

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    22ph  over 2 years ago

    Someone said the other day that the Breathless story will continue on Monday (as mentioned by Tracy)…. well…. he is right….

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    atomicdog  over 2 years ago

    At least he didn’t go “waugh!”

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    blunebottle  over 2 years ago

    Love it!

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    Quabaculta  over 2 years ago

    Oh! Tracy said ‘Same Bat time. same Bat channel’!!! I’ve used that since I first watched Batman. I also use the ‘POW’, BIFF’, and ‘Holy (fill in the blank) ’. I remember Batman trying to safely detonate a bomb (it said bomb on the side) and kept running into nuns, marching bands, etc until he broke the 4th wall looking right at the camera and saying ’There are days when you just can’t get rid of a bomb’. Those were the days.

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    eddjimm  over 2 years ago

    well bates try in 2 years .

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    dave1960  over 2 years ago

    Now for the breakout….

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    Knightman Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Be back in TWO!!!

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    A_Dream4u  over 2 years ago

    Didn’t help that he looks like the Penguin!

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    bluegirl285  over 2 years ago

    Five bucks says this little side story was put in just so Tracy could have an excuse to say that last line.

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    EOCostello  over 2 years ago

    It might be borne in mind that “brother Oswold” at one point mused about visiting Tracytown. This might be part of that.

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    Ken in Ohio  over 2 years ago

    My first thought today: A three day build up (and interruption of a developing new story, not to mention wasting a whole Sunday page) just for a cheap punch line. If Mike started to put that much effort into the actual story, we might see some ripping good Dick Tracy!

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    tripwire45  over 2 years ago

    Deffo the Penguin.

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    tcayer  over 2 years ago

    What… what just happened? Did we tke a break from our story again, just to do this?

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    kantuck-nadie  over 2 years ago

    (laughs) Tracy, you are too much!

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    kurtoons.wilcken  over 2 years ago

    Mike has been using what Denny O’Neil calls the “Levitz Paradigm” which long-time DC Comics writer and editor (and ultimately publisher) Paul Levitz developed back when he was writing LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. This is how Denny describes it:

    “The writer has two, three, or even four plots going at once. The main plot — call it Plot A — occupies most of the pages and the characters’ energies. The secondary plat — Plot B — functions as a subplot. Plot C and Plot D, if any, are given minimum space and attention — a few panels. As Plat A concludes, Plot B is “promoted”; it becomes Plat A, and Plot C becomes Plot B, and so forth. Thus there is a constant upward plot progression; each plot develops in interest and complexity as the year’s issue appear."

    The problem is, this works well in a comic book where we get a couple dozen pages of story, where a brief detour to a subplot is only a minor digression and we can quickly return to the plot; but things play out a little differently in a comic strip where we get only a few panels a day and that brief detour keeps us stuck in traffic for another 48 hours or so.

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    manlion1andrew  over 2 years ago

    Shades of Oswald Cobblepot aka THE PENGUIN.

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    oakie817  over 2 years ago

    most excellent

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    jrankin1959  over 2 years ago

    Only when Team Tracy needs to fill in a couple of days before the current story arc resumes…

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    trimguy  over 2 years ago

    I am hoping there is more to this little interlude.

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    Don Bagert  over 2 years ago

    Receptionist at the Tribune Media Services offices: “Sir, someone who says he’s a lawyer representing DC Comics is on line 1.”

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    Another Take  over 2 years ago

    1-BATES: Thank you for this honor, Mr. Edwards. Is my mother here? How about that woman I married, whats-her-name?

    2-RALPH EDWARDS: Um, no Mr. Bates. Your wife refused to appear and your mother is still in solitary at Bedford Hills Correctional.

    3-DT: I’m all you got Bates. How’s that make you feel?

    4-BATES: Honored that I made such an impression on you, Tracy! Please remove these cuffs so I can hug you…friend.

    5-DT: Sure. Lemme get my hazmat suit on. Oh, and I think I’ll practice hugging a porcupine first. Then there’s that prison delousing session you’d need to go through first.

    BATES: So, I’ll see you later then?

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    Ray Toler  over 2 years ago

    Tracy seems to have become a smartass lately.

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    JPuzzleWhiz  over 2 years ago

    Hey, where’s Pequod™ today?

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    Gweedo -it's legal here- Murray  over 2 years ago

    For a “Little” guy he was a Big Big man !


    I’m surprised avenger didn’t pick up on this.

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    buckman-j  over 2 years ago

    Re comment above, agree entirely, this ain’t a comic book, and the strip is deteriorating by the week. Sad.

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    b2plusa2  over 2 years ago

    And it takes a serious crime to get serious time or life. So the guy will be out eventually; and space inside is limited. So the board does have to consider whether holding this one is more necessary for public safety than holding that one.

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    Tarry Plaguer  over 2 years ago

    I just gotta throw this out there.


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    Kip W  over 2 years ago

    Well, that’s that, then! He won’t be escaping or anything.

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    Farmboy71   over 2 years ago

    Three days wasted to build up to a forced punchline referencing a corny crossover. Great.

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    Black76Manta  over 2 years ago

    Tracy, Good that!

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    Sisyphos  over 2 years ago

    Either we have just totally and pointlessly wasted three days of strips or else this little homage to that arch-villain in another comics-Universe will in fact lead to something pertinent to the current story (so-called). Maybe pushy, self-entitled Fortuna Dyer in researching Breathless Mahoney will somehow for her rôle “need” to interview Broadway Bates (and maybe spring him, or become a hostage?). Or maybe Bates will somehow break out of prison. Something….

    If not, I am going to feel really cheated by this detour-to-nowhere.

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    mikeg52  over 2 years ago

    So, three days of material just for a TV Batman ’66 joke ???

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    JasonJackson  over 2 years ago

    Show Tracy that you’re truly sincere in your rehabilitation, Broadway, and he might bat for you. Till then, you’ll keep serving your time.

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