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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 11 March 2018 at 11:42pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I loved Dick Tracy as a kid but lost interest over the
years. I can't recall the last time I checked in on the
strip. This would've definitely grabbed my attention had
it come to pass.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 11 March 2018 at 11:56pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

JB, it would have been a nice comics to read! Too bad
you feel that way!
What about a Mandrake the Magician, or Flash Gordon
Byrne series?

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Brian Hague
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I wonder how the syndicate (!) might have responded to the introduction of a supernatural element to the series whereby the most famous foes returned as minions of a Darkseid-level foe or players in an ongoing mystical revenge scheme. Either would have allowed for stories told on a scale readers might expect from JB and put some fondly recalled characters back into play. Science fiction was an element of the strip for many years, so I could see some leeway being given to allow this...   

All speculation after the fact now, of course, and potentially in the school of using Dick Tracy characters to tell JB-type stories, but I can't help feeling that pitfall could have been avoided through vigilance and a constant focus on Tracy's no-nonsense, hard-nosed (!) approach to crime-fighting, no matter how fantastical the foe. 

Conversely, keeping things more earthbound, the foes' appearances and M.O.'s could have been closely imitated by a new villain or flock of villains who engage in forgery or theatrical impersonation. 

All beside the point now, it's nevertheless fun to think what might have been. With the strip engaging in team-ups with the Spirit and Green Hornet, would the book have had such freedom as well? Could this have lead to a story set in Gotham City? Tantalizing to consider...

Also fun, the page shown brings up pleasant associations between the work of former Charlton creators JB and Joe Staton.


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Tim O'Neill
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That’s a fantastic page!  Great to see a glimpse of your take on Dick Tracy, JB.


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Gundars Berzins
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Wow wonderful sample page JB. Fingers crossed that there might yet be a story to spark some day. If not and no art robot interest, to help each other along how about co-written? A straw suggestion to keep seeing new displays of your talent.
Thanks for posting that art page JB.
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John Byrne
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It would seem I need to emphasize that this project is stillborn, dead, done, finished before it was started. I've moved on.
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Gundars Berzins
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Thanks for the clarification.
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Charles Valderrama
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Sorry to hear this DICK TRACY project didn't pan out, JB. Hopefully your next assignment is a better 'fit'. Heck, I'm hopeful for more creator-owned stories from you at some point in the near future. (DANGER UNLIMITED, maybe???)

-C!
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Ted Downum
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A fascinating look at what might've been. Thanks for sharing, JB.
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Rebecca Jansen
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OT: I loved Joe Staton comics at Charlton. What happened? I didn't really like his work after that... although I bought Green Lantern for quite awhile. Some artists are like that I guess. Tom Sutton did some great work at Charlton too, not so much outside of that.
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Wallace Sellars
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(DANGER UNLIMITED, maybe???)

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Sorry, but I'm already angling for COLD WAR, THE CONCLAVE and/or
FINDERS OF LOST CHILDREN!
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Doug Centers
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"Sorry, but I'm already angling for COLD WAR,..."

...

Yes, I'll take that. JB may already have a rough draft of "The Seven Cardinal Contract" squirreled away somewhere.
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Rodrigo castellanos
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Posted: 12 March 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Just... wow. 

I would've loved to see this project move forward! 
But creative endeavors sure are tricky... when something deep down tells you it's not for you, it's not. 

Gotta trust that gut feeling.


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James Lansberry
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Bummer that this didn't pan out for you.
This looked fantastic, and I've been on a Dick Tracy kick in recent months (reading thru the first volume of the IDW hardcovers.)


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Brian Miller
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Sorry, but I'm already angling for COLD WAR...

*****

Marry me. 
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Richard Stevens
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Appreciate the peek! Very cool.
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Charles Valderrama
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(DANGER UNLIMITED, maybe???)

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Sorry, but I'm already angling for COLD WAR, THE CONCLAVE and/or 
FINDERS OF LOST CHILDREN!

*********

Well, to avoid any squabbles... but I'd love to see JB do THE CONCLAVE. :)

-C!
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Eric Sofer
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Oh, if we're submitting requests, I would LOVE a Vanguard mini-series... maybe even in resolution to Trio/Triple Helix.

Or if we're discussing untouched properties, how about a new Phantom series by Mr. Byrne? Maybe one set in an unused era (so far) so that there are no extraneous details to interfere with storytelling?

Actually, my request is SEND MORE JOHN BYRNE.
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 11:47am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

...if we're submitting requests...

•••

We're not.

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Peter Martin
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Thanks for sharing the page here, JB. Looks good. 
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John Popa
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 12:23pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

As a bit of kismet, I'd gone through the commissions a week or two ago to see if you'd ever done a Tracy piece. Very cool to see this peek into what might have been!
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Benny Hasa
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Damn.  This would have been awesome I'm sure. 
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