What he did was generate publicity for himself. And he was, in fact, quite good at it.
Crabgrass may use continuity, as in the quest for Ol’ Jingles, but is not necessarily a continuity strip so one day doesn’t have to relate to another. (But, yeah, you get lulled into a false sense of continuity and a return to gag dailies can be like being smacked in the face with a mackerel.)
Striking writers will fill in, and be able to write it off on their taxes as background research for a script.
Due to global warming the body was uncovered this last summer.
If the mayor is such a good friend maybe they need to question her as to possible enemies of Ms Caxton, or valuables the victim owned, or relatives who might profit by her death.
“Well I don’t know why I came here tonight – I’ve got the feeling that something ain’t right.”
But Dick Tracy is the protagonist in the title! You can’t have a villain as the title character! Um, except for Fu Manchu, and Diabolik, and Fantôms, and Raffles, and Doctor Satan, and Doctor Death, and Wu Fang, and Doctor Doom, and…
Okay, maybe Tracy was the killer instead of Sam.
Actually it is more complicated than the simplified version either of us presented. The degree of doctor (teacher) was around before the more specific PhD, but physicians were even later in picking up the title – and jealous of letting other medical professionals use the term. Or perhaps other medical professions exercised a bit of humility. Surgeons, in England, were addressed as Mr. (insert name here) rather than Dr. (insert name here) well into the 20th century.
“Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be,” Max Bygraves.
That was my immediate response as well.