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Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy

Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy

“… the great detective.”

– The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA)

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From the July 25, 2016 Dick Tracy cartoon strip by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

When your editor was much younger, one of the joys of his childhood was running down to our family’s living room on Sunday mornings. While Mom would be making breakfast of pancakes for Dad and me, I would spread out the sections of The Baltimore Sun over the living floor, dividing the sections of the newspaper into piles for Dad to read and what I wanted to read. Somehow, the comics section would be in my pile and I would eagerly turn to the back page to read Dick Tracy and see the color version to see how the detective would catch the next set of bad guys.

Dick Tracy was created in 1931 by Chester Gould, who would continue to draw the strip until he retired in 1977. A number of different artists and writers have continued the strip since.  It is currently being produced by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis.

We’ve touched on Tracy before and his syndicated television episodes of the 1960’s, where he was teamed up with Hemlock Holmes. You can read those posts HERE and HERE.

The current story arc for the Dick Tracy strip started on July 5, 2016. Starting with the July 23, 2016 edition of the Dick Tracy comic strip, we start seeing an homage being paid to Sherlock Holmes by the strip’s creators. As I write this post, there are still references to Holmes being made.

In June 1990, Warren Beatty and Madonna would star in a big budget film version of Dick Tracy. It wasn’t a great film, but did well at the box office. There was a massive promotion campaign for the movie, with a large number of toys, graphic novels, books and marketing tie-ins. They also decided to produce three silver one ounce medals to promote the movie.

Dick Tracy Disney Rounds   Dick Tracy Disney Rounds REV

There would be three different designs for the obverses: the first feature Mugs’N’Thugs, showing many of the villains that fought Tracy over the years; the second features Warren Beatty as Tracy talking on his two-way wrist radio; and the third design features Madonna as Breathless Mahoney. All three of these medals would share a common reverse, featuring the silhouette of Tracy, facing left, and carrying the Disney copyright and info about the medal’s intrinsic values.

Thanks to Patricia J. Villacrusis of Watson’s Tin Box and the Sherlockians of Baltimore for sharing this news item with us.

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

“… the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

“… reeling over, locked in each other’s arms.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature the scuffle between Holmes and Professor Moriarty near the Reichenbach Falls… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares… Continue Reading

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

Radio Broadcast of Murder By Proxy – January 18, 1933

“… the last words in which I shall ever record …” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) We are pleased to share this recording of the January 18, 1933 NBC radio broadcast of Murder by Proxy. Edith Meiser adapted the script from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem. This is the earliest known surviving recording of any Sherlock Holmes… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Final Problem

Data! Data! Data! – The Final Problem

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college. It is composed… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

The 17 Steps: The Final Problem

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Final Problem (FINA) THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND … WAIT A MINUTE! A still-bereaved Watson writes: “My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but… Continue Reading

“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

If anyone has experienced the thrill of a summer in Houston, Texas, you know indoor reading is one of few options left for survival. During the summer of my 14th year, as other young men were discovering their first love — fishing, or a summer job, I discovered the stories of the Canon. As I… Continue Reading

Badges of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Badges of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London

“… becomes the badge of a society.”  – The Adventure of The Five Orange Pips (FIVE) Editor’s Note: This post has been a “work in progress” for nearly a year as we tried to gather information about the various medals of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Just a few hours after this was posted, we have… Continue Reading