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April Fools Threads / Hmmmmmm.
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:02:12 am »


Dick Tracy joins the search for Annie

CHICAGO (March 28, 2014) — Faithful readers who’ve wondered what happened to Annie Warbucks will learn all the hair-raising details when two of the greatest adventure comic strips of all time collide starting June 1 in the daily and Sunday adventures of “Dick Tracy.”

When last seen on Sunday, June 13, 2010, in the “Annie” strip’s finale, Annie Warbucks was in the clutches of the war criminal known as “The Butcher of the Balkans” somewhere in Guatemala. Although this notorious assassin assured Annie she wouldn’t meet the same gruesome end as his countless other victims, he warned her she’d never see Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks again and that for the rest of her life she’d accompany him on his deadly travels.

That cliffhanger left unanswered the fate of the courageous young woman whose globe-spanning adventures have thrilled millions since her Aug. 5, 1924, debut and inspired a Broadway musical and two motion pictures based on the show — the most recent set to hit the big screen Christmas 2014. Now, thanks to “Dick Tracy” artist Joe Staton and writer Mike Curtis, fans won’t need to wonder much longer about Annie’s fate.

According to Curtis, it turns out that after some time spent fruitlessly searching the world for his beloved adopted daughter, Warbucks has decided to enlist the help of the only man who can rescue Annie: Dick Tracy.

“As a lifelong admirer of Annie, I felt the need to unravel her disappearance,” says Curtis, who’s helmed “Dick Tracy” with Staton since March 2011. Curtis’ previous writing credits include “Richie Rich” and “Casper the Friendly Ghost” for Harvey Comics.

“Joe and I have planned Annie’s rescue for some time, and we’ll deliver action-packed, over-the-top thrills and chills as the two features combine their casts for what we hope will be the most historic tale in comic strip history,” Curtis says.

Staton says this story arc is a dream come true for him. “Whether I’m working in the DC, Marvel or any other universe, it’s always a privilege to be standing on the shoulders of so many giants,” he says. The artist, who’s been drawing comics for many years and has more than 1,000 credits under his belt, is perhaps best known for his work with the Green Lantern series, for which he created several alien Green Lanterns, including Kilowog, Salakk and Arisia.

“Dick Tracy” was created by Chester Gould, and “Little Orphan Annie” created by his friend Harold Gray. Both are owned and trademarked properties of Tribune Content Agency. Fans across the country, as well as the industry, have given the creative team of Staton and Curtis high marks for having breathed new life into the iconic adventure strip. “Dick Tracy” won the comics world’s signature Harvey Award in 2013 for Best Syndicated Strip. The strip is produced by artist Staton and writer Curtis, along with inker Shelley Pleger, colorist Shane Fisher and technical consultant Sgt. Jim Doherty.

For more details, contact:

Mike Curtis, “Dick Tracy” writer


Leigh Hanlon, Associate Editor

TTTP In Exile / Re: Jerry Beck to Leave Cartoon Brew
« on: February 12, 2013, 10:48:41 pm »
I, too, feel this is an incredibly disheartening development.  That said ...

Apart from the simple fact of knowing virtually nothing about the behind-the-scenes developments, which probably is as it should be for everyone apart from either former principal of Cartoon Brew ...

It would appear best to move on, let Amid be Amid, and should the "new" Cartoon Brew eventually crash and burn, those of us devoted to classic animation will understand why & still be able to rally around Jerry and the classic goodness he brings to us all.

General Discussion / Re: Just FYI
« on: December 31, 2012, 02:21:45 pm »
Hiatus is over, a bit early, but over just the same.  Happy 2013 to all from The Geez!  :D

General Discussion / Just FYI
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:59:56 pm »

Starting tomorrow (12/20) and for the following two weeks, I'll be offline due to professional commitments. Whatever thoughts or items of interest you may wish to share in the meantime, please feel free to do so by private message or e-mail. Much obliged, and I'll see you on the flip side. :)

The Geez

TTTP In Exile / Re: Extending Public Domain Cartoons list
« on: December 06, 2012, 12:04:15 pm »
And yel Olive is not going to restore the Betty Boops that are PD.

I suppose that means you'd like to see the PD Boops vanish from any master list of PD cartoons as well.  Perhaps someday we'll all be blessed with deep enough pockets to license everything that used to be PD for group viewing outside of our living rooms.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Extending Public Domain Cartoons list
« on: December 05, 2012, 04:36:29 pm »
It also must be noted that in more recent years, owing to the efforts by Warners, Universal, Disney, etc., toward remastering and reclaiming copyright on the shorts featuring their most valued starring characters, that number actually is on the decline. Which is not to say that the killing of Digiview by WB at its first opportunity helped either.  (Another time, I'll explain in more detail how I found that process actually began to derail my PD-based P.U.P. Toons© education-slanted DVD series as early as 2006, such as when the so-called "PD Popeyes" became the first shorts I had to delete from my available pool of contenders.)

Great article, great illustrations...with one exception.  Those characters in the first ad just creep me out.  Brrrrrrr!

« on: November 22, 2012, 06:41:02 pm »
And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Steve, & to one and all here at IAD!   :foghorn:   :donald:   :gandy:

TTTP In Exile / Re: Terrytoons Spoken Here (Mark II)!
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:16:35 pm »
Coming up:  "Jazz Mad" (copyright 1930, evidently released 1931), typical of the period in which Terrytoons and Audio-Cinema had joined forces  ... and with the original opening & closing titles, to boot!

TTTP In Exile / Re: Cartoons on Laser Disc but not on DVD
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:49:42 pm »
Those actually aren't laserdiscs; those are CEDs.They are read by a stylus like a vinyl record, not a laser like a CD.

Really?  That's an unheard-of idea here (and no, I'm not trying to paraphrase King Leonardo!).

TTTP In Exile / Re: Cartoons on Laser Disc but not on DVD
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:42:52 pm »

TTTP In Exile / Re: Cartoons on Laser Disc but not on DVD
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:48:03 am »
Well, with the 50 new to DVD releases this year, we now have over half of all LT's on DVD.

I'm content right now to own the six Golden Collections and the Pepe Le Pew one-off, plus patiently anticipating that next set with just 11 shorts in it. ;)

TTTP In Exile / Re: Terrytoons Spoken Here (Mark II)!
« on: November 18, 2012, 03:30:47 pm »
Strangely, they still run Hashimoto on Italian TV--dubbed awkwardly. But then, they run a lot of strange American shows you forgot all about.

Much the same as U.S. cable used to do before it really started making money. Let us now briefly pause to envy Italian TV.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Terrytoons Spoken Here (Mark II)!
« on: November 18, 2012, 03:28:26 pm »
Question of the day:  "Are you the man who sent me to Cleveland for a screwdriver?"

That and many more such questions were typically answered in The Adventures of Lariat Sam, Terrytoons and Captain Kangaroo's somewhat blanderized early 1960s solution to the alleged "Kids won't watch anything in black-and-white anymore" crisis.  Exit Tom Terrific; enter Sam, Badlands Meeney, and "Weatherman Mish-Mosh".

[EDIT:  Actually, the most audible note of blandness in this series came from Lariat Sam himself, which I suspect was more by design in New Rochelle than by accident at CBS.  ;)  ]

Hey, it's still from Terrytoons, and it definitely beats Luno the Flying Horse on any day ending in "y"!

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