Monday, December 30, 2019

Number 2434: Dick Tracy gets his man woman

Dick Tracy was a perennial favorite for years, a very popular comic strip, and popular comic book. I bought Dick Tracy Comics Monthly, as it is titled, from 1957 to the end of the Harvey Comics run.

This Tracy story involves a female villain, a sultry woman called Sleet.

According to the Grand Comics Database the story, which the cover touts as “Another Complete Detective Adventure,” is actually edited down from a three-issue telling of the tale from Dick Tracy #'s 57-59 in 1952. (The original newspaper appearance was from March 3, 1949 to April 5, 1949.) The Comics Code had its way on this reprint, removing weapons they did not think appropriate for young readers, including a tomahawk. The Code had it removed altogether. Here is an original panel from the 1952 printing with the tomahawk:

You will see the censored panel toward the end of the story. Most important of all, there is a gorilla! My last shot at showing a comic book gorilla before going into retirement.

From Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #118 (1957):

For Pappy readers, a goodbye, a thank you, and a happy New Year to you all!

Looking back, it doesn’t seem like Pappy’s Golden Age has been going for as long as it has. I could not expect it to last forever. With age I have slowed down...considerably. Mrs Pappy said what she saw of me in my peak years was the back of my head while I worked at my computer for hours, every day. She is not complaining. She liked having me busy, and quiet.

I want to tell you again how much I have appreciated all the readers who have been reading this blog from its beginning, right up to those who just joined in. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed doing it.

This is my last posting, but before I go I want to wish everyone a happy New Year in 2020.

Goodbye! Pappy


Larry Rippee and Molly Rea said...

Sorry to see you go.


Daniel [] said...

Two issues about the story come quickly to mind. Sleet could easily have claimed that her conspiracy was simply a much-needed cover story; and ambulance service in that town was truly dreadful.

It was interesting to see that, as well as crudely erasing the tomahawk from Sleet's hand, the artist also drew it back in the hand of the manikin where, in the original, it was shown removed.

Thank you again for the many entries of this 'blog! Not only did I get to read stories for which I had a pre-existing, conscious liking; I was also exposed to work in genres that I had ignored, which work proved to be interesting from a sociological perspective and sometimes excellent as visual story-telling.

RickH said...

Been here almost since the beginning (2007). Thank you Pappy for everything.

The Old Curmudgeon said...

I used to love the Dick Tracy stories published by Harvey. Even with the Code, they were twisted compared to the wholesome fare published by National. I think the Code gave Tracy more leeway because it was a "respectable" newspaper strip. Of course, my little seven year old brain would have liked those stories even more without the Code toning it down! Can you imagine newspaper comic strip pages running that stuff today? On TV, there's way more violence depicted than in the 1950's, but comic strips are free from anything disturbing. Now you have to go to the news pages!

I just want to say again that I'll miss new posts from Pappy! Your taste in comics is wonderfully eclectic. I've recently been exploring your links to other websites, and have discovered a lot of pages I've never found on my own. Many of those sites are actively posting, so I commend your links to your other readers.

Brian Barnes said...

Thank you Pappy, for all the entertainment, joy, and good conversation in this comment section over the years. I'll miss visiting this daily to look for new content, and obviously the content itself. Note that your turkey day celebration of the worst of the worst lives on a bit in my endeavors.

2019 has oddly been the end of an era for many sites I visited daily, and this is one of the great ones. All the best in your retirement, and thank you!