Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crossover of the Week

A woman claiming to work for the Emilio Lizardo Crematorium appears at the State Prison to collect Abner Kadaver’s body. Dick Tracy and his wife Tess take some time off to go fishing. A boat with the name “Swee’pea” on it is seen. Tess is offered a cup of coffee by a woman named Olive, who says Dick is out fishing with Olive’s own husband at the dock. We see Dick with a man with a large forearm that has a tattoo of an anchor on it, who is holding a can of spinach. Olive and Tess discuss what first attracted them to their respective husbands, namely their chins. As they return home, the Tracys’ son Joe refers to both Olive’s husband and Dick being ex-Navy. Dick smokes a corn cob pipe and says, “I yam what I yam!” Dick’s granddaughter Honeymoon tells him she is going to a Hong Kong Cavaliers concert on Sunday night, and she hopes to get an autograph from Perfect Tommy.
Dick Tracy strip by Mike Curtis and Joe Staton, October 22, 2013January 4, 2014. The crematorium, mentioned in the October 22 strip, is named after Dr. Emilio Lizardo from the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. The couple who are also vacationing is Popeye and Oliver Oyl from E. C. Segar’s classic comic strip Thimble Theatre. Swee’pea is the name of Popeye’s adopted son. The boat appears in the October 27, 2013 strip, and Popeye and Olive first show up on October 28. The leader of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, who were mentioned in the strip on November 7, 2013, is Buckaroo Banzai himself. Perfect Tommy is the Cavaliers’ rhythm guitarist, and also designed the suspension system on Buckaroo’s Jet Car.


  1. Popeye's a tricky one when it comes to determining crossovers. Obviously, when it comes to the CU, we're looking at a more realistic depiction of the character rather than the cartoony version everyone's familiar with. Something more akin to his original comicbook counterpart.

    Which begs the question I've been meaning to ask: what is the likelihood regarding the 1972 animated special "Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter"? It features several classic pulp heroes rescuing iconic characters from the funny papers (some of which have already been confirmed to exist in the CU), but the overall premise is just too goofy to be taken seriously. What are your thoughts on it?

    1. There have been a few Wold Newton articles dealing with "Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter."

  2. I understand Dick Tracy meeting Popeye, but throwing in Buckaroo Banzai seems odd.

    At this point, both Tracy and Popeye would be really old. Tracy should be hunting criminals with a walker.