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I have collections of some of the old Dick Tracy strips from the 40s and 50s and love them. A couple years ago I picked up a bio of Chester Gould. The more I read about him, the less I liked him. I rather wish I hadn't read it, (he came off as an authoritarian a*hole) but I still enjoy many of the old strips.

Mike Peterson

A part of the question for any long-running strip may be that the stuff was great in its time and in context, but that, even if it had remained 100% true to the master's vision, would that be what anyone wanted now?

When I read old strips, I enjoy them but I also have a sense of reading them in the context of their time -- whether it's Krazy Kat or Orphan Annie or whatever.

In this case, as the strip moved forward and changed, it was neither Gould's vision or a new one that worked. I think the Moon Maid years were better than what followed.

The current stuff gives Gould a hat tip, but I think it works well in the here and now.

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