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Red and Rover is always my go-to comic strip. This one is from June 30, 2012.

Red and Rover, June 30, 2012

Red and Rover, June 30, 2012

For some people it’s dog poop; for others it’s slugs. I notice that Rover obviously doesn’t mind them.

 

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Saturday Comic

Archie Comics from the 1970s (when bare feet were popular) had quite a few barefoot strips. This one is from August 4, 1974, and features Jughead, who is a bit of a . . . well . . . jughead.

Archie, August 4, 1974

Archie, August 4, 1974

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This strip also lets us know that NSNSNS signs were in full swing by then.

 

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Today’s a good day to update the story on Dick Tracy with the barefoot scam artist, Sprocket Nitrate. The plot line (finally) seems to be coming to its climax.

You may recall that Sprocket and her brother, Silver, were sprung from jail by Public Domain, who needed them to put on a scam of his own. You can see my past posts on this story here, here, and here.

At this point in the story, the scam has been exposed, and Dick Tracy has arrested Public Name (Dick Tracy characters always have weird names). Sprocket and Silver Nitrate are hiding out in one of their standard sorts of places: an old theater.

Here they are heading down to their secret hideaway.

Dick Tracy, October 12, 2017

Dick Tracy, October 12, 2017

Sprocket is a full-time barefooter.

We don’t see Sprocket (at least from the waist down) for a bit. But here she is out on a food run.

Dick Tracy, October 25, 2017

Dick Tracy, October 25, 2017

While it’s great that she’s a barefooter, when the police are out looking for you, it does make you rather easy to spot. (If I’m ever on the run from the Feds, it’s cowboy boots for me! That’s the only way I can go incognito.)

Sprocket strikes up a conversation with Mr. Oops in a coffee shop. And again, we get the explanation for why she goes barefoot.

Dick Tracy, October 26, 2017

Dick Tracy, October 26, 2017

I suspect this plot line will be coming to an end soon. There’s been a foreshadowing strip where one of the theater ushers has found out that a guy was killed under the stage. I’m guessing that’s where the Nitrates are staying. And Sprocket’s bare feet are just advertising her.

Stay tuned.

 

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Here’s a comic from Hi and Lois published back on October 17, 1962. Back then, Hi and Lois was written by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.

Hi and Lois, October 17, 1962

Hi and Lois, October 17, 1962

Of course the strip repeats the old myth that having cold feet can cause a cold, but also I am reminded of some barefooters who say:

Hey, the sign just says “Shirt and Shoes required”. It doesn’t say anything about pants!

 

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Today’s comic is from Mother Goose and Grimm by Mike Peters. It appeared on August 31, 2012.

Mother Goose and Grimm, August 31, 2012

Mother Goose and Grimm, August 31, 2012

Technically, it’s not a barefoot comic, but technically, “barefoot” shoes aren’t barefoot, either. This is really a minshoe comic.

 

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From last June, Red and Rover teach us the essentials of what to do when the school year ends.

Red and Rover, June 14, 2017

Red and Rover, June 14, 2017

 

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The past two Saturdays I’ve departed my usual pattern of stand-alone comics by taking some strips from the Dick Tracy serial. I am going to do that this week, too.

You can see the past two Saturdays here and here. We are following the exploits of the grifters Silver Nitrate and his sister, Sprocket. Sprocket is a real barefooter.

Last time we saw Sprocket and her brother being sprung from jail by another criminal, Public Domain, who wanted to use their talents. The very first thing Sprocket did was take off the hated shoes from the jail.

The next time we encounter Sprocket’s bare feet is when we are being given a bit of a back story. It turns out that Sprocket and Silver are not really sister and brother: they were both adopted (by grifter parents). This makes their obvious affection for each other slightly less creepy. But we get to see Sprocket as a child.

Dick Tracy, August 25, 2017

Dick Tracy, August 25, 2017

It looks like she started early!

[Click on the pictures for larger, more readable versions.]

Farther along, Public Domain and Silver Nitrate need to go into town to get some stuff for the scam they’re pulling. Sprocket wants to go along, but Public Domain forbids it. Why?

Dick Tracy, August 31, 2017

Dick Tracy, August 31, 2017

Barefooters really do tend to stand out and are remembered. When I go out on organized hikes, everybody seems to remember me but I only vaguely (if at all) remember them until we’ve hiked together many times. (In fact, that just happened yet again this morning.)

Later, when Public Domain and Silver Nitrate are heading out to pull the scam, Public Domain wants to know more about Sprocket.

Dick Tracy, September 15, 2017

Dick Tracy, September 15, 2017

I suspect this is true for many barefooters, or something similar. (Both the reason to go barefoot and the derision from those who don’t get it.)

At this point, the plot hasn’t advanced much further, so there have been no more barefoot moments. But stick around—I’m sure they’ll be more coming.

 

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