Dick Tracy Stories – 1945

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Enog Prison Dope Racket (January – May)

Measles ran a dope business in the women’s prison through his mother, Anna Enog, and Gravel Gertie’s guitar. After an attempt to kill Gertie leads to the death of Enog, Gertie panics and escapes. She hides out in a job at a florist’s for a while. She later feels guilty when preparing a wreath for Enog and surrenders herself. Tracy arrives and tells her that she has been exonerated and while he’s there, Measles shows up to take back his money for the wreath. Measles almost kills Tracy and escapes, but eventually Tracy catches up to him at a boarding house. As Measles is being transported in custody, the train crashes and he gets away. While escaping, he enters another train and the compartment of Vitamin and Snowflake. Vitamin tries to subdue him, but he merely jumps out the window and is picked up by a boat looking for flood victims. He ends up caught when he tries to escape into the flood on a horse and Tracy catches up to him in a speedboat. At the jail Measles tries to escape with smuggled tear gas capsules but only ends up tear gassed and locked in a cell by Chief Brandon.

Breathless Mahoney (May – September)

Breathless was the daughter of Shaky and after his body is found, she manages to get the key to his safe deposit box from headquarters. It contains fifty grand and after Breathless and her mother get it, a suspicious Tracy begins to keep his eye on them. Mrs. Mahoney, afraid that Breathless will rob her, takes too many stay-awake pills and has a heart attack. Breathless tries to escape but is shot in the shoulder by her mother. She fixed by a doctor and continues to escape until coming to the farm of B.O. Plenty. Tracy catches Plenty hiding her, and while he waits for the squad car, Breathless makes coffee with rat poison for the two men. Plenty and Breathless escape, leaving a drugged Tracy behind and soon Plenty falls unconscious as well. As soon as Plenty is back on his feet, he sets out to find Breathless and eventually runs into her. He forces her into the bank, takes her money and strangles her. She’s saved by the police and imprisoned while B.O. gets away.

 Itchy Oliver (September – December)
After B.O. almost kills Breathless, Mrs. Mahoney enlists the aid of Itchy to help get her money back. Itchy’s gang kidnaps Plenty and torture him until he admits the location of the money in his apartment. Tracy too is in search of the money, and arrives at Plenty’s only to be caught by Itchy. Itchy goes to shoot Tracy until Mrs. Mahoney leaps into the path of the bullet. Itchy escapes, leaves B.O. to die in the sewers, double-crosses his gang and runs across country. At one point, Itchy steals a police car and Tracy hops inside the trunk. Itchy takes Tracy to the widow of B.B. Eyes where he’s taken prisoner, and the two of them try to slowly starve Tracy to death. Luckily Junior followed their trail and is able to untie Tracy and pass him a gun. Itchy is shot and Mrs. B.B. Eyes taken prisoner.
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