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Cartoonists do not all belong to the same club. Cartoonists Alfred Gerald Caplin (Al Capp), who draws Li'I Abner, and Chester (Dick Tracy) Gould have never met. But Al Capp has been admiring Dick Tracy from afar. Five years ago Capp put "Fearless Fosdick" into his Li'l Abner strip, a detective whose hat brim snapped and jaw jutted just a bit more than Tracy's. The compliment has never been returned, because Tracy is too busy catching villains (Itchy, Shaky, B.O. Plenty, Pruneface, etc.) to go in for burlesque.

Last week Al Capp, whose funny-paper...

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