happy birthday, dick tracy

Wow, Dick Tracy has been around for 75 years. That’s freaking incredible. The comic strip has always been one of my top favorites.

I have five Dick Tracy books sitting in my closet. Two of them are collections of best stories and the other three are the dailies for a few years. Really great stuff. Man, I remember going to the library too as a kid and checking out those collector volumes and reading them over and over. I never get tired of the stuff.

I’ve been into comic strips as long as I can remember, and I’ve been reading them daily for the longest time. My current all-time favorite is Peanuts. That’s some *really* classic stuff. I’m working on collecting all those daily volumes as well. In fact, I have a ton of the old books they used to release, those tiny paperbacks that were in print in the 70s to 80s. A lot of them are completely falling apart now, but I can’t bear to part with them.

Something else I just noticed — I’ve been running dailystrips every day since September 6, 2004. Wow. Two years worth of dailies on my desktop. Here’s my cron job that runs nightly if you wanna see what I’m pulling down:

dailystrips adamathome arlonjanis bc beetlebailey blondie calvinandhobbes cathy curtis forbetter foxtrot franknernest funkywinkerbean hagarthehorrible herman kudzu mutts onebighappy overboard peanuts pickles rhymeswithorange roseisrose shoe stonesoup thefuscobrothers dicktracy thephantom -l -q -s –basedir /home/steve/public_html/ds -a –stripdir –nospaces

I’ve already got 940 megs of comics in there. Crazy stuff.

Yahp. I’m a big comics fan. I could go on a lot more about all the other kinds I like to read and collect (from Disney Gold Key to Classic EC to Little Nemo … and Archie, who could forget Archie), there’s just so much good stuff out there. Good times had by all.

Happy day, flatfoot.

a small comics trip

This entry is going to be a short little ditty since I’m at home being sick, and I can’t really think straight. I did want to at least get a small note up about this, though.

I read Scott McCloud’s online webcomic of “Hearts and Minds” today. I’ve been meaning to finish reading that for a while now. My timeline might be whacked, but I swear I remember when he first put that online, though that doesn’t seem to jive just right, since I would have been in Argentina at the time. But, whatever.

It was great stuff, though. I used to have the Zot books, volumes one and two, once upon a time. I probably sold them off in one of those phases of life where I was either completely broke or just cleaning out everything. I wish I had a copy, now.

That got me thinking about how much I used to be into comics, though. Man, was I ever. My favorites are the old EC Comics reprints of the sci-fi and horror stories. If you read too many of them though, the lettering starts to really bother you.

I grew up on comic books though. The first graphic novels I started reading were the Sandman series (gosh, that was a long time ago), but those were a little too graphic for me — I have a really low threshold for gore and bloody violence. I haven’t really picked up any since. I should find some.

I’ve got a box full of some old Gold Key comics I started collecting about a year ago. The Walt Disney ones are great stories. Nothing they’re putting out today compares, although that’s not saying much. Even for their time, though, the stories were better than anything else they had going in any other medium (I’m talking about movies).

I also discovered some Twilight Zone comics which are great, pretty much in the same vein as the EC comic books, but these are actually a tad more extreme in some cases. Still, they are a real treat. Great stories, cool colors.

I gotta get back into getting some comics again. The great thing about it is it gets me into *reading* which I never do, anyway. There’s just so much good stuff out there, too. Craziness.