You may recall that back in February we were introduced to a new set of villians in the Dick Tracy comic strip: Silver Nitrate and his always-barefoot sister Sprocket. Their thing is movie-making scams, hence the names.
Here’s a bit of an update.
You can see what I wrote before in Dick Tracy . . . and a Sprocket.
At the end of that, Silver and Sprocket are taking a train out of town. Their plan is to double back after being spotted and pick up their car, which used to be owned by Flattop, Jr..
The portrayal of Sprocket wasn’t too bad, but it did have a contradictory scene in which she is confronted by a policeman in the train station (he falsely claims she needs shoes), she says that she goes barefoot to stay close to Mother Earth, but then puts on bunny slippers to board the train.
That I found annoying—for those who do go barefoot for religious or spiritual reasons, you’ll suddenly give that up for bunny slippers?
Anyways, on to the new stuff . . .
After they double back, they pick up their car where it’s on loan to a museum. (Of course, the missing car is noticed, coincidentally, by a friend of Dick Tracy. Way to advance a plot, eh?)
So, the Nitrates are headed to their cabin on a lake to hide low for a while.
There are shoot-outs and car crashes. But we do learn that Sprocket is doing the driving. Barefoot of course. There was no discussion over whether it was legal to drive barefoot or not (of course it isn’t), but on the other hand, they’re villains, so they wouldn’t care whether it was illegal or not.
Dick Tracy catches up again, and this time they really have to make a break for it. But the lake is ahead, and Sprocket really has to floor it (hoping to jump over the ice-covered lake, maybe?).
Well, I guess we learn that driving barefoot is no impediment to really flooring it!
Um . . . but it didn’t work.
We then see them at the bottom of the lake.
There’s an awful lot of air there. I’m surprised the car sunk with all that flotation. (On the other hand, it used to be Flattop Jr.’s car, so it also has some pretty heavy (!) armament in it.)
But that was basically it. It looks pretty final. And the next day’s strip talked about dragging the lake for the car and bodies, and then a whole new story-line started.
Until last Monday, when one panel in a general discussion had this:
Looks to me as if the glass was not only unbreakable, but waterproof, too. And I think we’ll find out that, as Dick Tracy speculates, that the car had an underwater capability.
And that means that we’ll be seeing our favorite barefooted villain again.