Dick Tracy #120
(February 1958)

Harvey, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Harvey Publications, Inc.
Brand
Harvey Comics [Stamp]
Editing
Leon Harvey (credited)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age, then Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Detailed newspaper reprint data for Dick Tracy stories provided by Jeremy Pothast and entered by Gene Reed.


The Case against Mumbles Quartette (Table of Contents)

Dick Tracy / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Simon [as Chester Gould]
Inks
Joe Simon [as Chester Gould]
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Dick Tracy; Mumbles

Indexer Notes

Art credit based on Joe Simon's comments in his book The Comic Book Makers.

Electronic Home Recorder (Table of Contents: 1)

Johnson Smith Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for a home recording device and other novelties.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[Mumbles] (Table of Contents: 2)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chic Stone (splash); Chester Gould
Inks
Chic Stone (splash); Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
? (splash); Chester Gould

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Mumbles; Pat Patton; Kiss Andtel
Synopsis
Mumbles and his gang use a stolen car to escape the police. The owner of the car, Kiss Andtel, reports the stolen vehicle to Tracy and also gives him the background on Mumbles. Mumbles and his gang take refuge in a boarding house, where they plan their next caper.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #48 (February 1952) [Page 1 not reprinted. Page 2, panels 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 not reprinted.]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy Newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-08-27 to 1947-09-01.

Indexer Notes

Changes made to conform to Comics Code Authority restrictions and/or move story:
Page 1, panel 2 - Caption rewritten as an introduction to the story.
Page 2, panels 2 and 3 - Injured cop deleted. Panels are a bit confusing. This leads to quite a bit edits
in world balloons and captions in the rest of the story.
Page 3, panel 1 - "DEAD" changed to "HURT."
Page 3, panel 2 - Balloon changed to remove "MURDER."
Page 3, panel 7 - Balloon changed to remove "MURDER."

12 Real Dolls (Table of Contents: 3)

My Dolls / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Synopsis
Ad for a set of Dolls.

Indexer Notes

This is the upper half of the page between pages 1 and 2 of the first Dick Tracy segment.

A Whole House-Full of Doll Furniture (Table of Contents: 4)

My Dolls / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Synopsis
Ad for furniture for the dolls advertised on the top half of the page.

Indexer Notes

This is the bottom half of the ad page between pages 1 and 2 of the first Dick Tracy segment.

The Mumbles Quartette (Table of Contents: 5)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Kiss Andtel; Mumbles; Mrs. Van Horst
Synopsis
The Mumbles Quartette lands a gig for a society party with the intention of robbing their hostess and her guests.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #48 (February 1952) [The bottom panel of page 6 not reprinted. It's a teaser caption for Dick Tracy Comics Monthly #49.]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy Newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-09-01 to 1947-09-22.
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #49 (March 1952) [Page 1 splash and paneld 2-4 not reprinted; Page 7 not reprinted. ]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy Newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-11-06 to 1947-12-07.
  • From Dick Tracy Newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-09-01 to 1947-09-22.

Indexer Notes

Changes made to conform to Comics Code Authority restrictions and other reasons:
Page 1, panel 7 - Car model changed from "1947 De Luxe" to "Beowulf."
Page 2, panel 4 - "MURDER" changed to "QUESTIONING".
Page 2, panel 12 - "DROP DEAD" whited out.
Page 3, panel 11 - "ELECTRIC CHAIR" changed to "JAIL HOUSE."
Page 4, panel 3 - "KILLED" changed to "ELUDED."
Page 4, panel 5 - "KILLING" changed to "ACCIDENT."
Page 10, panel 10 - Text of note from Mumbles changed to delete reference to "acid in the face."
Page 11, panel 2 - Balloon changed to remove reference to "acid in the face."
Page 11, panel 8 - Balloon changed to remove reference to "acid in the face."
Page 12, panel 2 - Balloon changed to remove reference to killing a cop.
Page 13, panel 3 - Acid reference removed.
Page 15, panel 6 - Word balloon changed to "WH YOU" to eliminate symbolic slur.
Page 15, panel 7 - Original panel replaced by a descriptive caption. The original panel shows Mumlbes
hitting Kiss Andtel
.

Hey Kids!! Send for the New Disneyland Color Television Set (Table of Contents: 6)

TV Color / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Characters
Donald Duck; Zorro
Synopsis
Ad for a portable filmstrip projector featuring Disney characters.

Indexer Notes

This is the first of four ad pages between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

Here Are the Big H Comics Loved by Millions (Table of Contents: 7)

Harvey Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; children; crime; domestic; sports
Characters
Dagwood; Little Lotta; Felix the Cat; Inky; Dinky; Little Dot; Casper; Hot Stuff; Little Audrey; Sad Sack; Joe Palooka' Baby Huey; Blondie; Little Max; Dick Tracy.
Synopsis
Ad for 18 current Harvey Comics titles.

Indexer Notes

This is the second of four ad pages between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

Own and Fly Your Own Jet Engine Plane (Table of Contents: 8)

Jetex Skyfighter / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for a small jet engine.

Indexer Notes

This is the third of four ad pages between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

Sheaffer's New Cartridge Pen (Table of Contents: 9)

Sheaffer / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Synopsis
This is the top fourth of the fourth of four ad pages between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

Indexer Notes

This is the top fourth of the fourth of four pages between parts 2 and 3 of the Dick Tracy story.

Meet Hot Stuff (Table of Contents: 10)

Harvey Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hot Stuff; Stumbo
Synopsis
House ad for Hot Stuff.

Indexer Notes

This ad is the second 1/4 page of the fourth of four pages of ads between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

By Popular Demand We're Here for You! (Table of Contents: 11)

Inky and Dinky / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Inky; Dinky; Felix the Cat
Synopsis
House ad for Inky and Dinky Comics.

Indexer Notes

This ad is the third 1/4 page of the fourth of four pages of ads between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

In all history - what six characters caused the most riots? (Table of Contents: 12)

Harvey Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
drama; humor; teen
Characters
Mazie; Stevie; Flattop
Synopsis
Generic house ad for Harvey's teen comics.

Indexer Notes

This ad is the fourth 1/4 page of the fourth of four pages of ads between pages 10 and 11 of "The Mumbles Quartette."

[Justice at Last Triumphs] (Table of Contents: 13)

Dick Tracy / comic story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Chester Gould
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
Chester Gould

Genre
adventure; drama; humor; crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Pat Patton; Mumbles
Synopsis
Mumbles tries to escape in a rubber raft but accidentally punctures with a broken oar as he tries to row away. This segment ends with Mumbles apparently sinking to his death.
Reprints
  • US from Dick Tracy (Harvey, 1950 series) #49 (March 1952) [Page 2, panels 7-12 not reprinted.]
  • which is reprinted
    • From Dick Tracy Newspaper strip (Chicago Tribune) 1947-12-07 to 1947-12-06.

Coming Next Issue...Preview of Next Issue (Table of Contents: 14)

Dick Tracy Comics Monthly / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Chester Gould
Inks
Chester Gould
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Mumbles
Synopsis
Ad for Dick Tracy Comics Monthly No. 121.

Indexer Notes

Art taken from previously printed panels.

A Polite Case of Murder (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Detective-Lieutenant Joe Haskins; Harvey J. Malcolm
Synopsis
Haskins investigates the murder to Harvey Malcolm's secretary.
Reprints

New Exciting Joe Palooka Comics! (Table of Contents: 16)

Joe Palooka Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.2 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; sports
Characters
Joe Palooka; Knobby; Humphrey; Little Max
Synopsis
House ad for the latest issue of Joe Palooka Comics.

[Carbon Monoxide, Fingerprints, Tires, Cartridges] (Table of Contents: 17)

Crimestoppers Handbook / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Dick Tracy; Junior Tracy
Synopsis
Brief descriptions of how various pieces of evidence are processed.
Reprints

The FBI Fingerprint Bureau (Table of Contents: 18)

America's Finest / text story / 0.8 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; history
Synopsis
Brief history of how fingerprints are used to identify criminals.
Reprints

Everyone Loves Sad Sack and the Sarge and All Their Funny Friends (Table of Contents: 19)

Sad Sack / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.2 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
war
Characters
Sad Sack; Sarge; Sadie Sack
Synopsis
Generic house ad for Sad Sack Comics.

[What president of the U.S. not only served as a sheriff...] (Table of Contents: 20)

Calling All Sleuths / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Rudy Palais
Inks
Rudy Palais
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
crime; history
Synopsis
Questions about the president, William Tell, fingerprints, claustrophobia, and shoplifting.
Reprints

Everything You Need to Enjoy Stamp Collecting (Table of Contents: 21)

Zenith Company / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for a stamp collecting kit.

250 Magic Tricks Revealed (Table of Contents: 22)

Magic Collection / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
An ad for a magic tricks collection.

A Real Mobile Tank (Table of Contents: 23)

Honor House Products Corp / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for 6 foot long U.S. Army tank for $4.98.

Develop Muscles of Steel! (Table of Contents: 24)

Honor House Products Corp / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for "Power Gym" muscle builder.

Boys-Girls-Men-Women-Prizes Given (Table of Contents: 25)

The Funman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad to recruit people to sell plaques with religious mottoes.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

How to Get Your Daisy Air Rifle for Christmas! (Table of Contents: 26)

Daisy / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Advertisement for Daisy Air Guns.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Case against Mumbles Quartette
    Dick Tracy
  2. 1. Electronic Home Recorder
    Johnson Smith Co.
  3. 2. [Mumbles]
    Dick Tracy
  4. 3. 12 Real Dolls
    My Dolls
  5. 4. A Whole House-Full of Doll Furniture
    My Dolls
  6. 5. The Mumbles Quartette
    Dick Tracy
  7. 6. Hey Kids!! Send for the New Disneyland Color Television Set
    TV Color
  8. 7. Here Are the Big H Comics Loved by Millions
    Harvey Comics
  9. 8. Own and Fly Your Own Jet Engine Plane
    Jetex Skyfighter
  10. 9. Sheaffer's New Cartridge Pen
    Sheaffer
  11. 10. Meet Hot Stuff
    Harvey Comics
  12. 11. By Popular Demand We're Here for You!
    Inky and Dinky
  13. 12. In all history - what six characters caused the most riots?
    Harvey Comics
  14. 13. [Justice at Last Triumphs]
    Dick Tracy
  15. 14. Coming Next Issue...Preview of Next Issue
    Dick Tracy Comics Monthly
  16. 15. A Polite Case of Murder
  17. 16. New Exciting Joe Palooka Comics!
    Joe Palooka Comics
  18. 17. [Carbon Monoxide, Fingerprints, Tires, Cartridges]
    Crimestoppers Handbook
  19. 18. The FBI Fingerprint Bureau
    America's Finest
  20. 19. Everyone Loves Sad Sack and the Sarge and All Their Funny Friends
    Sad Sack
  21. 20. [What president of the U.S. not only served as a sheriff...]
    Calling All Sleuths
  22. 21. Everything You Need to Enjoy Stamp Collecting
    Zenith Company
  23. 22. 250 Magic Tricks Revealed
    Magic Collection
  24. 23. A Real Mobile Tank
    Honor House Products Corp
  25. 24. Develop Muscles of Steel!
    Honor House Products Corp
  26. 25. Boys-Girls-Men-Women-Prizes Given
    The Funman
  27. 26. How to Get Your Daisy Air Rifle for Christmas!
    Daisy
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jean-Francois Masse
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Walls
  • Kenneth Blair
  • Chris Boyko