Saturday, December 10, 2011

The literary Dick Tracy

The revamped Dick Tracy continues to impress me. Joe Staton's growing into his role as the official artist for Dick Tracy and really making the strip his own visually. And writer Mike Curtis keeps adding little Easter Eggs to the script that reward the careful reader.

Take Friday's continuity, for example (click on image to enlarge). Sam Ketchum apparently is a big Terry Pratchett fan, and his holding Wyrd Sisters, one of the novels from Pratchett's Discworld series.

But the real payoff is in the final panel, when Sam states that Tracy reads Max Allan Collins. Collins is a prolific and well-respected mystery and comics writer. He was also the first writer to take over scripting of Dick Tracy after creator Chester Gould retired. Nicely done, Mr. Curtis!

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