Dick Tracy tells cartoonist Vera Alldid his favorite comic strip was Fearless Fosdick. Dick calls journalist Hank O’Hair of The Daily Flash to ask her about a dead criminal found at Abner Kadaver’s Halloween attraction. Hank says the criminal’s name turned up in connection with a story Brenda was investigating. Sam Catchem tells Dick his own favorite strip was always Derby Dugan. Fearless Fosdick, a fictional comic strip parodying Dick Tracy in Al Capp’s comic strip Li’l Abner, is mentioned in the November 2 strip. Hank O’Hair is from the comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter, and appears in the strip on November 10. Derby Dugan is a fictional strip from Tom De Haven’s Funny Papers trilogy of novels, consisting of Funny Papers, Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies, and Dugan Under Ground. Sam mentions Derby Dugan in the November 16 strip.
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