Tuesday, January 17, 2012


This year DICK TRACY did its bit for equal-opportunity villainy with the appearance of his first major female foe, LARCENY LU (seen above in a Big Little Book illustration), mastermind of a car-theft ring.  Compared to later femmes formidables like Breathless Mahoney and Mrs. Pruneface, Lu was small potatoes.  However, in 1934 she did raise her level of nefariousness a bit more, as she allied herself with early TRACY enemy “Steve the Tramp” and tried to run a blackmail scam on Junior Tracy’s mother.

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