The Philadelphia Experiment and Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower

twoTowersSo far we’ve just been teased but something fantastic seems to be happening at Diet Smith Industries. Joe Staton’s June 18th rendering of Diet Smith’s new tower project bears a resemblance to Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower. Funded by a Diet like predecessor, J.P. Morgan, Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower was a pilot plant for a worldwide system of wireless towers that could provide electricity wirelessly through the atmosphere and possibly control the weather and communicate text and images across the globe. Out of this world concepts in 1900 and exciting even today. Unfortunatly for Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi’s far cheaper invention of the trans-Atlantic wireless telegraph signal effectively ended his dreams of a wirelessly powered planet. While we are simply basing this theory on a single strip panel, this does sound like something Diet might be interested in. Plus it gives us a chance to plug our favorite Damn Interesting website where you can read more about Tesla’s Tower of Power!

Today (June 19th), Diet Smith told Oliver Warbucks and Dick Tracy of his plans to recreate the Philadelphia Experiment, an alleged 1943 military experiment involving invisibility, teleportation and possibly time-travel. There are many competing stories on the experiment, which involved enveloping the USS Eldridge in an invisibility field. This field was created by bending light around the Navy Destroyer. According to unified field theory, the process of bending light also bends space-time which can cause teleportation and time-travel. The USS Eldridge is said to have vanished from Philadelphia, teleported briefly to Norfolk Virginia and returned, with many crew members made sick, crazy or embedded into bulk heads. If Diet is trying to re-create this experiment, we wonder which parts he’s really interested in and hope he’s keeping his employees safe! I’m sure all these answers will be coming soon and we can’t wait to see what’s really going on!

The Moon Maid Story Approaches

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Moon Maid Descrates her own grave?

Dedicated readers of the Dick Tracy comic strip are no doubt aware of the mysterious appearance of a character who may or may not be Mysta “Moon Maid” Tracy, Junior’s first wife.  Moon Maid, for those that don’t know was introduced in 1964 when Dick Tracy and Diet Smith visited the Moon and was killed by a car bomb meant for the heroic detective in 1978.  The mysterious character who we’ve been teased with over the last eight months has battled crime in the city with Moon Maid’s signature look and powers, only a mask covering her face.  Is it Moon Maid?  We’ll soon find out, Mike Curtis has dropped the news that the Moon Maid storyline will take center stage starting in late April and much like the Mr. Crime storyline of last year will involve a host of new and old characters.

Take the chance before then to get caught up on some of the coming characters Mike has teased, including,

  • MM – Is she the real Moon Maid?
  • Notta Fallar – After suffering devastating losses in 1967/1968, the former Mrs. Chin Chillar just might be out of prison
  • Purdy Fallar – Last seen frozen to death in 1968, we bet Purdy has been defrosted back to life.
  • Dr. Zy Ghote – A cloning doctor last seen pretending to clone Mumbles in 1979
  • Stellaluna – A very Moon like name, could she be impersonating Moon Maid?
  • Retik – We’ve seen him, but we don’t know who he is.  Is he a man from the Moon?
  • Bardoll – We’ll have to wait and see who Bardoll is
  • Blackjack – John Dillinger wannabe with a good heart taken into custody by the FBI last year
  • BB Eyes – The returning gangster now employed by the Apparatus
  • Doubleup – One of Mike and Joe’s best new characters, possibly partnered with BB Eyes
  • Mrs Flattop, aka Stilleta Jones – Introduced just last year
  • Mumbles – This bad egg always turns up, and we smile every time he comes back
  • Joe Montana – I’m going to guess this isn’t the football player
  • Joe the Bartender – I sure could use a drink