Nellie Wheaton

Nellie88Nellie Wheaton is a young girl who lives on her father’s farm outside Tracy’s city.  When fugitive musician 88 Keyes arrived seeking employment and to hide out from the law, Nellie became enamored by the handsome piano man and his playing ability.  When police arrived on the farm, Nellie helped 88 Keyes secure a getaway car and stowed away once 88 Keyes had escaped.  Keyes took advantage of this and used Nellie as a driver and hostage/accomplice.

They soon met up with Red Bluff, an AWOL Navy Seaman and 88 and Red robbed a story at gunpoint.  Nellie immediately realized Keyes was dangerous crook and while driving she wrecked the car on the road.  88 Keyes and Red fled the scene and Nellie was rescued and returned to her father, at which time her young crush was transferred over to Dick Tracy.

NellieWheatonAndSparkleA number of years later, while suffering from amnesia after a zap from Mysta Chimera, Sparkle Plenty fell in to Pop Wheaton’s pickup truck.  Finding the young woman, Pop and Nellie (Nellie’s mother having passed) took Sparkle in.  Not long after, Mysta showed up herself, sleeping in a car near the farm.  Mysta was upset and running from Doctor’s Sail and Zy Ghote, thinking herself Moon Maid.  Calling herself Mindy, she also joined the Wheaton farm.

George was approached by Hy Pressure, who worked for the criminal organization the Apparatus.  Pressure strong armed George, pushing him to sell the mineral rights to his land.  Wheaton resisted until Nellie was threatened.  Mysta overheard this predicament and left to help.  During the meantime, Junior found Sparkle on the farm and her memory returned.  Mysta ended up telling Dick Tracy everything and Tracy returned to run a sting operation of Hy Pressure.  Occurring in the middle of a storm, the sting worked, but chaos erupted when enforcers from the Apparatus watching Pressure ran afoul with those of the competing Consortium who were there in a plot to steal the Space Coupe.  In a complex situation that will not be repeated here (see instead our 2013 Storylines), the situation was battled and finalized.  Sparkle and Mysta went their separate ways and Pop and Nellie returned to normal life.

Meeting Dick Tracy again after many years, Nellie was still enamoured, that is until she met Dick’s granddaughter Honeymoon.  Nellie quickly decided on the spot that Detective Tracy was far to old for her.

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