Answers from the 3DBB

(And kudos to everyone who fondly remembers Tennessee Tuxedo & His Tales, from whom I’ve cribbed for the titles of recent posts, including this one …)

As promised, today is the grand unveiling — the answers to each of the five puzzlers we published in this space last week! Each puzzle showed three images, and there was a connection linking image # 1 to image # 2, and image # 2 to image # 3. Your task was to identify those linkages.

I designed each puzzle so the links would have to do with the names of the three characters shown in each set. I mixed in a touch of “old Hollywood” to each puzzle, just to add an extra wrinkle to the proceedings (and so comics experts might find an additional challenge, although let’s face it, comic strip fans are often movie buffs, too). And now, the grand unveiling …

First in the Series: The three images shown are Ouchy Mugouchy (from Will Gould’s hard-hitting detective strip, Red Barry), a young Terry from Terry and the Pirates, and durable British comedian and actor Terry Thomas, perhaps best known for the large gap between his two front teeth and his roles in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines; and The Mouse on the Moon. Those wondering how that trio of names connects clearly haven’t read our recently-released Red Barry, Volume 1. Otherwise, you’d know Ouchy’s real name is Archibald Galahad Lancelot Lee, which makes the connections:

  • Archibald Galahad Lancelot LEE to
  • TERRY LEE to
  • TERRY Thomas

You can find the first puzzle here, if you want to refresh yourself on those three images: First Puzzle

Second in the Series: Gentlemen in the audience, don’t bother to thank me for finding three sterling examples of pulchritude for this puzzle. The connections here are:

  • EVE Jones (from Stan Drake and Elliot Caplin’s primo soap opera strip, The Heart of Juliet Jones) to
  • EVE Arden (whom one of our favorite correspondents, playing along each day, perfectly described as, “forever Our Miss Brooks, and the assistant to James Stewart in  Anatomy of a Murder. Always the wise cracking woman, way ahead of her time.”) to
  • Dale ARDEN (inamorata of the one and only Flash Gordon in the comic strip, films, and books that bear his name)

The second puzzle and its images can be seen here: Second puzzle

Third in the Series: Here the comics characters were certainly easy, but I hoped the motion picture still might trip up some of you. The connections are:

  • DICK Grayson (the redoubtable Robin, from the strip he shared with Batman) to
  • Spencer TRACY (unquestionably one of our greatest actors. We see him here in his 1941 triumph, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but he’s also splendid in Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, Father of the Bride, Inherit the Wind, Judgment at Nuremberg, and most especially the nine films he made with Katharine Hepburn, of which Woman of the Year and Adam’s Rib are my personal favorites)

Want another look at those three images? You’ll find them here: Third puzzle

Fourth in the Series: Though earlier this year we had published a collection featuring the character in the first image of this puzzle, I hoped choosing to run an extreme close-up of him might make it difficult for you. And this time I made the connections tie to the first names of all three personages depicted. Those connections are:

  • MIKE Flint (star of Jack WIlliamson/Lee Elias’s science fiction Sunday epic, Beyond Mars) to
  • MICHAEL Caine (another Mike, looking young and very Seventies-ish in this shot, but who of course continues to work in major motion pictures to this day) to
  • MIKE Nomad (hard-charging co-star of the solid Saunders/Overgard adventure strip Steve Roper and Mike Nomad)

Here are the images, if you want a second look at them: Fourth puzzle

Fifth & Final in the Series: I ended on an esoteric and purposefully tough note, though again, in each case the connections between the three subjects was their shared first names. Did the first image stump you? He is:

  • DANNY Hale (star of the eponymous strip that later shifted its title slightly to Dan’l Hale. This self-syndicated strip, by cartoonist Norman Marsh, was billed as “A true-fiction, action-adventure saga of the colorful, long rifle, log cabin, and Indian days of our turbulent frontiers …”) to
  • DANNY Kaye (versatile actor, comedian, song-&-dance man, and baseball fan, perhaps best known for his roles in the films The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Inspector General) to
  • DAN Dunn (Norman Marsh’s breakthrough character, the star of his own decade-long comic strip who also appeared in Big Little Books and in a short-lived pulp magazine and radio show)

You can see the three of them here: Final puzzle


If you’d like to learn at least a little bit more about Danny Hale, plus a whole lot more about Norman Marsh (for instance, he was a sailor from the Gilligan School of Seamanship!), plus read the first year of Dan Dunn dailies, be watching early next year for our Dan Dunn – Secret Operative 48 LOAC Essentials volume.  It was a lot of fun putting together that book; both the comics and the cartoonist who created them were quite fascinating!



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