Curtis makes the Funnies

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Happy belated Father’s day to Dick Tracy readers.  Fresh off having attended the Lum and Abner festival in Mena, Arkansas, Tracy writer Mike Curtis finally made the funnies with Snuffy Smith’s John Rose in last Sunday’s Father’s Day edition of Lum & Abner.  Even better, you can listen to an audio adaption of Mr. Curtis with Sam Brown, Tim Hollis and John Rose reading the above comic strip here.  Now we know the voice of Dick Tracy!

The above visual and audio comic strip come courtesy of the Lum and Abner Society.

Little Rose, Little Rose

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Mr. Bribery and Little Rose (Nov 7th, 1965)

I don’t have much to say yet, but after today’s strip, June 11, 2015 I’d thought you might like to see a portion of a Sunday from 50 years ago.  Ray T. and Willy 007’s insights in the comments section of the above GoComics link do my job for me.  Now I’ll wait to see how this all plays out!

Annie Returns to help Dick Tracy battle Bullying

BullyingRuss Burlingame of ComicBook.com broke the news that Little Orphan Annie will return to Dick Tracy in the near future to help young Honeymoon Tracy deal with bullying.  This is a nice move by Curtis and Staton to help bring attention to a real issue for many kids.  Anyone who has read Annie understands that the little orphan has dealt with bullies much of her life, making her the perfect guest star for a story of this sort.  Russ’s article is a nice piece with comments by Mike and insight into the story development.  I encourage you to give it a read!

Channeling the Lake Peigneur Disaster

LakeDisasterDick Tracy and Sam Catchem’s pursuit of the Billion Dollar Limited train robber Jimmy Choo Shooz is hitting an exciting climax on the shore of Lake Pratchett (we love you Terry!)  The drilling rig disaster currently occurring on the beautifully named lake is like a history lesson, reminding us of the 1980 Lake Peigneur mining disaster in which an oil rig punctured the ceiling of a salt mine beneath Peigneur.  Like a stopper pulled on a bathtub, the lake drained down a quickly expanding hole, creating a biblical vortex that dragged everything on the lake down with it.  If it would have occurred today we’d have some fantastic footage, but alas we must make do with 35 year old coverage.  Here’s a short five minute video on the event with the best video I can find.

DickTracyVolume19Also, I want to remind those of you collecting IDW’s Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy books, the volume 18 edition, featuring dates December 15, 1957 through July 11, 1959 is now available for purchase.  I’ve already got my hands on it.  The collection is finally entering a period of lesser known stories, which I am thoroughly enjoying.  IDW’s Volume 19 is available for pre-order on Amazon and the predicted publication date looks to be late September of this year.

Catch “Dick Tracy” at Lum and Abner Festival

LumAndAbner2Time for a road trip.  Our very own Mike Curtis will be a special guest at the 38th annual Lum & Abner Festival in Mena, Arkansas June 5th and 6th.  Mike will be joined by “Snuffy Smith” cartoonist John Rose and Lum & Abner cartoonist Donnie Pitchford at the Ouachita Little Theater from 12-2 on Saturday the 6th.

These special guests and others will help perform a new “Lum and Abner” radio script with several famous characters joining the Lum and Abner cast.  It should be a laugh and Mike will be joining the likes of Ned Wever, Matt Crowley and Bing Crosby in voicing our favorite detective.  Also of note, Vitamin Flintheart’s adviser, Coffee (who has shown up in Lum and Abner and Gasoline Alley), will be played by the real life Coffee Jeff Sinsley.  So if your in the area, mark you calendars.

And, if you need to remind yourself about Lum and Abner, let the experts help….