For those of you collecting the Complete Dick Tracy collections, Volume 16 is now available for pre-order with delivery expected around March of next year. This assuredly awesome hardcover will reprint strips from October 25, 1954 through May 13, 1956 and includes a number of great villains including Rughead, the enormous Oodles, George Ozone, Nothing Yonson and the young teenager, Joe Period whose story introduces us to a nightclub photographer named Lizz Worthington. The collection also includes the return of Mumbles (last seen in 1947) and the beginning of the great Flattop Jones Jr. story.
Exciting news out of the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend where the Dick Tracy team, Mike Curtis (writer) and Joe Staton (artist) have won the 2013 Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” over some stiff competition. The Harvey’s are a major comic strip award and our congratulations go out to the entire Dick Tracy team!
As has been noted in an earlier post, the Harvey Awards are leading comic awards (and a successor to the Kirby Awards) currently presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art and are named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993), one of the comic industry’s most innovative talents.
Here’s a full list of this year’s Harvey winners :
In today’s Sunday strip, Vitamin Flintheart broke the fourth wall, talking directly to Dick Tracy readers to introduce the third act of the summer’s Moon Maid saga. Channelling the opening monologue of Frankenstein (1931)¹, Vitamin foretells many changes for his friends in the coming story warns us to prepare our hearts for some form of calamity. With the current arc’s focus on Sparkle, Junior, Honeymoon and Moon Maid we are worried. Death of a loved one is rare but has happened before.
This last weekend was quite interesting for Dick Tracy comic strip readers. Most of us have been busy digesting the day by day twists and turns of the summer’s Moon Maid saga. Over the weekend we were interested in the last major player in the current story line, Mr. Méliès, a moon-faced individual in classic Gould fashion.
Méliès is of course is an homage to George Méliès, a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of the cinema. Sometimes called the first “Cinemagician”, He developed many special effect tricks and was one of the first to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves and hand-painted color in his work. Two of his most well-known films are A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904). Staton and Curtis reference A Trip to the Moon in the Sunday strip and with the Méliès character. Those who have seen the recent movie, Hugo might be familiar with Méliès, who was portrayed by Ben Kingsley. We wonder if the comic Méliès will be taking a bullet to the eye.
On Monday and Tuesday we’ve seen Junior and Honeymoon visiting a collapsed granary to take pictures for a new Dick Tracy book. Dick and the serial killer Mordred took shelter in the granary during storms and flooding in the Dr. Mordred story, the last to be written by Dick Locher. While Mordred ended up killed by rats at the end of the story, it was a soft death and the door is open for the return of another villain…or it might simply be a place for Junior to find his missing wife Sparkle. We’ll find out soon!
Imagine if you will a theme park set in the 1930’s Chicago, with all the warehouses, streets, cars and trappings of the gang land we’ve come to expect from the era. You race through the streets in your vehicle, using your tommy gun to battle villainous gangsters like Flattop and Itchy who are working for Big Boy Caprice. Bullets fly an errant burst sends the lids of nearby trash cans flying through the air. This was the vision of Disney’s Dick Tracy Theme Park, the park that never was.