Dick Tracy; Junior Tracy; Duke the Dapper (villain, death); Tonsils; Dawson; Joe Noe; Dot View; Mr. Crime (villain, introduction); Bonny Braids; Tess Tracy; Sam Catchem; Augustus; Mama; Officer Mason
Dude the Dapper decides he wants to get out of the horse meat racket, so he grooms Tonsils to be a pop singer. Main problem is that Tonsils can't sing. Dude's aggressive tactics get Tonsils exposure, and he becomes popular as a "so bad he's good" act. Dude's attempt to get out of the rackets is shut down violently on Mr. Crime's orders, who then sends his thugs after Tonsils.
from Dick Tracy (Chicago Tribune Syndicate) daily and Sunday newspaper strips 1952-03-29 to 1952-05-25