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Saturday Comic

Today’s Saturday Comic is a bit different. Usually the comics I show are stand-alones. But today’s comic (actually, comics), come from a serial: Dick Tracy. Dick Tracy has plot lines that last months. I’m going to pick out a few strips from a 2015 plot line starring Silver Nitrate and his sister Sprocket as movie business scam artists (hence their names).

Sprocket Nitrate is a barefooter.

I’ve written about them before (but not as part of a “Saturday Comic”). Take a look at Dick Tracy . . . and a Sprocket followed by The Return of the Nitrates?.

We’ve seen Sprocket dealing with issues barefooters are familiar with.

People thinking our feet are cold (even inside):

From Dick Tracy, February 9, 2014

From Dick Tracy, February 9, 2014

Being tossed from public accommodations:

Dick Tracy, February 18, 2014

Dick Tracy, February 18, 2014

At the end of that older 2014 plot line, they drove their car into a pond and everybody thought that was the end of them.

Except.

Except that Sprocket is a heck a mechanic and when they dragged the pond the car was missing.

So, for our first hint of the return of the Nitrates, and Sprocket the barefooter, there is this strip from December 8, 2014.

Dick Tracy, December 8, 2014

Dick Tracy, December 8, 2014

I’ve gone out picking Christmas trees barefoot. Haven’t you?

Here we see them where they are holed up (an old theater, of course).

Dick Tracy, January 27, 2015

Dick Tracy, January 27, 2015

Still barefoot.

This plot line ends with them getting arrested. Do you wonder about what Sprocket thinks about shoes in jail?

From Dick Tracy, March 22, 2015

From Dick Tracy, March 22, 2015

Of course.

 

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Saturday Comic

Here’s a comic from May 20, 1947. It’s from the strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, which takes place in hillbilly country. Oddly enough, the strip rarely shows the characters barefoot, but this is one of them.

Snuffy Smith, May 20, 1947

Snuffy Smith, May 20, 1947

[Click for larger, more readable version.]

I had to look up “swow” (and even that had very few hits). It is supposedly a dialectal form of “swear”, so “I swow” here is “I swear”, meaning something like “Oh, my goodness” or “I had no idea”.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is really, as far as I’m concerned, an anti-comic. It appeared a week ago (August 26) in the strip Six Chix. This particular one was drawn by Stephanie Piro. It really annoys me.

Six Chix, August 26, 2017

Six Chix, August 26, 2017

The thing is, if she was unaware of all those things as a kid, maybe it’s because they (mostly) aren’t there. And when they occasionally were, her feet were more than able to cope with them. (And since when are rocks and sticks “icky”?)

And maybe she thinks flip-flops are without the ick and the ouch, but she’s just traded for a more hidden ick and ouch. Isn’t it icky to realize she is treading on all the dead skin that’s come off her feet and embedded itself on the top of the flip-flop? And the ouch comes from the diminished proprioception of her soles that means that she’s OK walking with an odd gait that can affect her core all the way up through her back? (Flip-flops also aren’t all that much “protection” from sharp objects that can penetrate the rubbery sole; and by the time you feel it, you’ve already put all your weight on it—unlike when you are barefoot and feel the hazard immediately.)

The only thing that’s good about people wearing flip-flops is that it provides a bit of cover for those of us who really go barefoot. I’ve heard the pelmatophobes say to barefooters: “Nobody wants to see your feet.” Yet, they are perfectly OK with flip-flops and don’t complaint about seeing feet with them, illustrating perfectly their irrationality. Also, the flip-flop look helps barefoot sandals do their thing. So in some ways flip-flops help make going completely barefoot more acceptable.

 

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