Dick Tracy (6/24/10)

Try as I might, I can’t help but be baffled by the villain in this strip. Check out the first panel, where he leaps from the banister to the hanging airplane. Examine his head, jutting aggressively. Now look at his left shoulder, arched despite his left arm being raised. Human bodies don’t do this. They don’t contort into physically impossible positions, even if they’re acting on madcap criminal impulses. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be searching for logic in the physical makeup of this baddie. After all, previous installments of Dick Tracy have shown him to be faceless. If that’s the case, then why can’t he twist his body every which way as he flies through the air?


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