Saturday, July 17, 2010

Now That’s How You Do a Galley of Rogues

I recently re-found a long-buried bookmark: Mike Lynch’s blog post on memorable Dick Tracy characters. My god. How could I not have done anything with these people before?

What you see below is an edited sample of the weirdos with whom Chester Gould populated Dick Tracy’s world. I have selected the below “winners” for a variety of reasons, including name pun-tasticality, overall unpleasantness, the “I can’t believe this was in a mainstream comic strip” factor, and the whole thing where for the sake of my professional career I shouldn’t put the reason in print. Enjoy!

My favorite? I’d have to see the sister or some-other-relative pair Fresh and Burpie Upp. The fact that one female relative could be named Fresh and the other Burpie is just too awful. A close second: Vitamin Flintheart, for the sheer strangeness.


  1. Didn't Moonmaid marry Dick Tracy's son, or something like that? I believe that whole story was eventually retconned out.

  2. An admission, aside from seeing the 1990 Dick Tracy movie in theaters, I had little awareness of the character and his universe. But I have since looked it up. And apparently yes --- Dick Jr. married Moonmaid. Which is weird, because I previously had no idea that Dick Tracy had any sci-fi elements, much less any that were featured so prominently. And yes, it was retconned out --- for the better, I'd guess. She was killed in a carbomb and their daughter's alien magic powers and alien ancestry was never mentioned again. Quite the retcon, really.