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Thursday, March 17, 2005

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As Clouseau would say, "The case is Solve-ed!"

Sparkle's last name must be Plenty!

This was obviously (?) the inspiration for Brenda at Planet Brenda to give her daughter the stage name of Sparkle. Chester Gould was the father of comic star Dick Tracy, and here is the story about the Plenty's:

B.O. PlentyFirst appearance July 10, 1945 (Bob Oscar Plenty) and Gravel Gertie, first appearance Sept. 3, 1944. Plenty and Gertie's story line encapsulates Gould's ridiculous and satirical humor. Unlike many characters in Gould's story lines who last only a few days, Gravel Gertie, the reclusive owner of a gravel pit near Sunny Dell Acres, and B.O. Plenty are wildly popular and remain in the strip as friends of Tracy.

B.O., a seedy, bewhiskered and smelly small time crook, is also a faithful friend of the detective. B.O.'s cussing, spitting and tobacco chewing endear him to the eccentric Gravel Gertie. When they married on August 18, 1946, The Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate received hundreds of telegrams and letters congratulating B.O. Plenty and Gravel Gertie on their nuptials. A true example of the fans' devotion to Tracy and this bizarre couple, the syndicate received the strangest collection of wedding gifts ever showered upon a bride and groom, real or imaginary, including battered silver, razors, deodorant, hairpins and more.

Gertie tamed B.O.'s wild ways and the couple later conceived a daughter, Sparkle Plenty.

Dick Tracy and Tess Trueheart were best man and maid of honor at the wedding.


  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    *Gasp* can I comment?

    Can I?

    I loved this!

    Now I can't wait to see if Blogger will allow me to post it.

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…


    Here's to the end of a long dry spell!

  • At 10:43 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Hey, welcome back, Brenda. Now, post a lot of stuff very quickly. Before Blogger dies again. If it dies again, I'm going to change the "L" to another "O". I think Symantec wrote the Blogger software, and that's what Stew was complaining about: it doesn't work anymore!!


  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger kenju said…

    Great minds think alike, Greg! The first time I read Brenda's blog and she mentioned Sparkle I immediately thought of Sparkle Plenty.

    Brings back some good memories of those old comics.

  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Good point, Kenju! That goes back a long, long time!


  • At 4:14 PM, Blogger Mellie Helen said…

    ...oh, Greeee-eeeeg... are you still there? Hellooooo? (He's probably out hitching a new fifth wheel to his new truck!)


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