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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SPUNKY FLAT, Page 2
by George Lester

"Dick Tracy" in Marlin

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On a Monday morning at school, one of the students held us spellbound by telling us what he had seen on the weekend in Marlin. He and his father were walking down the street and they happened upon some people acting out a scene. They were attired in suits and ties and all were carrying guns as they ran from building to building, shooting at each other.

When they were wrapping every thing up and getting ready to leave, our narrator said his father asked what they were doing. He learned that they were acting out a "Dick Tracy" comic strip. Someone asked the storyteller why it had to be acted out when it was a drawn strip. His reply was quick and authoritative. It was because the law required that every comic strip had to be portrayed by live actors prior to being illustrated.

The bell rang for the start of school before anyone got a chance to ask the big question. Of all the big cities in the country, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston or Los Angeles, why did the comic strip industry choose Marlin, a city with a population less than 5,000, as the center of the universe? I'm sure our informed one would have had an answer for that too.

George Lester
Spunky Flat and Beyond - A Memoir
2-17-2004 Column
 
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