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I never liked Dick Tracy from the time I was a kid (and the tv show was one of the only cartoons on tv where I lived, more's the pity). In fact I had an almost visceral dislike of the strip, from the artwork to the monster-ugly villains to the ponderously-slow, often seemingly incomprehensible storylines. I'd like to be able to say this change in artistic stewardship is enough to inspire me to try it out again but I fear I'm not a good enough person to make it stick, actually...

Mike Peterson

As a kid, I also found it incomprehensible, but I think that was because I didn't see the paper often enough to follow a continuity strip. But the "Crimestoppers" panel on Sunday was something I looked forward to as a very young reader. I think I favored simplicity, though, and the crazy looking characters -- villains and good guys -- did kind of put me off. I liked Miss Peach and Peanuts and Family Circus (and Barnaby, but that was only in books by then). The only graphically complex strip I followed was "Mark Trail," and that only in the Sunday nature panels, which I adored.

But I've added Tracy to my daily diet and we'll see how it goes. These guys are promising some shorter, tighter six-week storylines and that would improve things markedly.


When *I* was a kid, the thing I liked best about Dick Tracy was Fearless Fosdick.

Mark Jackson

How about "Tricky Prickears, the blind, deaf cop?" (Gilbert Shelton)

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