Dick Tracy Stories – 1959

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Headache’s Baby Buggy Slots (November – March)
An afflicted man constantly suffering migraines is the genius behind slot machines disguised as baby buggies.  Tired of his criminal life, Headache decides to retire and sell his “baby buggy” company to two of his henchmen.  Unfortunately for him, the Syndicate put up the cash for the purchase, and Headache soon finds himself the Syndicate’s slave with a woman named Mary Jones as his boss.  Mary has a daughter named Popsie and the two are very close.  Headache looks for a way out and gets the upper hand in the siutation, holding Mary and Popsie off at gunpoint and switching the slot machines so they will continously payout money.  Headache then manages to convince Mary to run away from the Syndicate with him and the three drive out of town at Christmas.  Syndicate henchmen the Hardley brothers are immediatly after the trio and soon Mary is abducted and drowned by the hooded men.  Blaming Headache for her mother’s death, Popsie runs away and Headache is captured by the Syndicate soon after.  Forced to correct his slot machines, Headache is shot and his body dumped into the ocean.

 
The Hardley Boys (April – May)
An afflicted man constantly suffering migraines is the genius behind slot machines disguised as baby buggies.  Tired of his criminal life, Headache decides to retire and sell his “baby buggy” company to two of his henchmen.  Unfortunately for him, the Syndicate put up the cash for the purchase, and Headache soon finds himself the Syndicate’s slave with a woman named Mary Jones as his boss.  Mary has a daughter named Popsie and the two are very close.  Headache looks for a way out and gets the upper hand in the siutation, holding Mary and Popsie off at gunpoint and switching the slot machines so they will continously payout money.  Headache then manages to convince Mary to run away from the Syndicate with him and the three drive out of town at Christmas.  Syndicate henchmen the Hardley brothers are immediatly after the trio and soon Mary is abducted and drowned by the hooded men.  Blaming Headache for her mother’s death, Popsie runs away and Headache is captured by the Syndicate soon after.  Forced to correct his slot machines, Headache is shot and his body dumped into the ocean.

 
The Rhodent (May – September)
A man Hillis who worked at Ray’s Rare Fish told the Rhodent about E. Kent Hardley’s large fortune of small change and how Hillis had sold Hardley an electric eel to protect the fortune hidden in the basement of his store.  When Hillis demands payment for the information Rhodent throws him into a tank of piranhas. 
 
A tropical storm hits the city buries Kent’s store in debris and when work crews arrive to dig up the treasure they find it missing.  Rhodent’s men have already stolen the coins and haul it away in a dump truck.  During the theft the dump truck crosses a bridge which collapses under the very heavy weight.  Rhodent recruits a local farmer named Pop MacDonald and his daughter Fatty to pull the dump truck out with a tractor.  Before they can hook up the chains a freak lightning bolt strikes the truck, incinerating Rhodent’s two men and melting millions of coins into a giant ingot. 
 
Rhodent’s cover is blown and he runs from the MacDonald’s and when Junior arrives Fatty gives him Rhodent’s description.  Rhodent steals some money from his blind parents and uses the money to hire a thug named Halffa Millyon to kill the snitching Fatty MacDonald.  Tracy has Lizz pose as Fatty, figuring Rhodent would attempt to kill the witness and when Halffa struck, Lizz threw him out the farmhouse window, killing the assassin. 
 
Rhodent decided to try again and posed as a modelling agent, kidnapping Fatty and killing her Pop.  Sam and Tracy gave chase in a car and the Rhodent, desperate to escape, swerved onto train tracks and a passing train clipped his vehicle, throwing Fatty clear while the Rhodent was dragged to death.

 
Flyface and the Fifth (September – May)
Fifth was the head of the crime syndicate and became obsessed with killing Lizz Worthington after she killed his brother Halffa at the MacDonald farm.  Fifth tried to convince T.V. host Matty Munkie to help him trap Lizz.  Matty had recently lost his job when he tried to humiliate the detective on live television. Matty didn’t agree to help until Fifth held his daughter hostage.  The trap worked and Lizz was captured, as was Dick Tracy who Flyface held seperate.  The Fifth tried to kill Lizz by setting her under a giant magnifying glass but during the long murder attempt Tracy escaped.  Before the cops could corner them, Flyface, the Fifth and his moll Olive Tomate escaped.
 
In their new hideout, Fifth sent Flyface out to buy some new clothes. Flyface stopped off to visit his family, and angry, the Fifth sent Eddie Berrie and another hood to retrieve him.  Flyface came back with the unnamed hood at which time Fifth learned that Eddie had been arrested. The Fifth paid Eddie’s bail and Tracy and Sam followed Eddie to the Fifth’s new hideout. Flyface, Eddie and Olive surrendered and after a brief fight, the Fifth was captured.
 
Flyface and the Fifth later escaped from jail by starting a fire and disguising themselves as firemen. They ran to one of Fifth’s hideouts where they met Haku Kou, an old acquaintance of the Fifth’s who claimed that he could fly them to Hawaii. After a long flight, Haku took them to an isolated beach where they learned that Haku was with the Honolulu police. Haku’s forces surrounded them and the two were left on the beach until they agreed to surrender.  The two refused and Flyface and the Fifth appeared to die when a tidal wave rolled in and crushed them.
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