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We’ll get a brief glimpse of them at the end of this story, a bit more a few years later, and quite a lot of them right about now! (August, 2022)
-Me from the future
Honeymoon/Annie teamups are now a semirgular thing in this strip. ;)
GoComics has since added a Like feature. It’s one of the only major changes to this board I like.
Actually it was the late Mike Kilian who renamed her Jewel back in 2002.
Since Curtis has now used both names, the best explanation is that Sparkle Plenty Junior Tracy is her full name, but Jewel is her nickname.
Just wait a few years. Peanutbutter will return. ;)
Furthermore, while Moon Maid had been around for fifteen years, and was a major character in the first six years of them, Collins only ever used her in two strips, killing her off in the second. And it wasn’t even the start of the story, either. The story had been going on for about two months before Collins brought Moon Maid onstage just long enough to kill her. This was nothing like the way Gould killed off sympathetic characters. Collins did as little with her as possible before killing her, lazily relying on readers’ fondness for the character to generate any kind of sympathy, or worse, shamelessly catering to her haters while making his own hatred of the character he was offing painfully obvious.
So many great images that were on this page, now gone forever, thanks to GoComics, in their mad dash to make the strips more “accessible” for small screen users, stripped these boards of all images, videos, nearly anything that used to make these message boards so much fun. :(
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Or this could be a delaying tactic…
Me from further in the future-
Soon after I posted this. shorter stories that lasted less than 2 months began to creep into the strip more often: Ghost Pepper, the Green Hornet crossover, Barnabas Tar, the Mike Roper & Steve Nomad crossover with Haf-and-Haf/Splitface, Professor Stokes, the first Yeti story (although that wasn’t written by Curtis), Mr. Bones, and most recently Mr. Memory.
I’d agree that some of these stories are frustrating in their brevity. I know I felt that frustration with Mr. Memory, and I’d even go so far to label the Mike Nomad etc. story Curtis’ worst Tracy story so far. But some of these shorter stories, particularly the Stokes and Mr. Bones cases, managed to pack a lot of incident in less than two months. I’d say those stories were precisely as long as they needed to be.