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So seeing as no one took up the implicit challenge in the last post (Who was that cartoon character that Nabokov described?) here is the answer.  It was Texie Garcia, moll/wife of Big Boy, the platinum-haired mobster who wears rings and smokes cigars, cheifest enemy of Dick Tracy.

When I first came upon Appel's puzzlement I thought the right person was Sparkle Plenty, wife of hillbilly gangster B.O. Plenty; but on investigation I found that Sparkle Plenty, through all of my (and Nabokov's) comics reading, was a baby, the child of B.O. Plenty and his wife, who was Gertie Gravel.  Sparkle was all wrong -- but how did I connect them?  Only when I was running down the list of Dick Tracy characters on a handy website did I see a woman whose name began with T, and something went off in the noggin.  Yes, it was a T!  ANd when it became obvious that it was Texie, and the wife of Big Boy, I remembered all that clearly -- big him and little her, the jewels etc. -- and here's the oddity -- I also remembered that at some time in childhood I came to believe, on no evidence I can remember, that Big Boy and Texie actually were  B.O Plenty and his wife, who had undergone a huge makeover as they rose up in big-city crime.  Thus my confusion, and the transference of Texie's diamond sparkles to Sparkle Plenty, remade by memory into a grown (though tiny) woman.

The word "sparkle" actually appears on the page of Lolita where the kiddoid gnomide is mentioned.

I can find no image of Texie on line.  Anyone who can scan their 1949 comic book or well-saved Herald Tribune Sunday comics page with her image will earn my gratitude, dfor all that's worth.  

And I'm still sorry I couldn't tell Appel, though see now that I would have given him the wrong person.

Comments

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womzilla
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Texie Garcia has her own entry in this Dick Tracy tribute site. But I would never have recognized her or him.
crowleycrow
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Erf. Who is this flapper? DId she evolve into the person I remember or am I entirely wrong? Off to the comics store!
keith418
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
May I recommend getting the whole series of hardcover reprint strips? I am reading the 1940 strips now and they are simply amazing.
anselmo_b
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
I really had no idea of who Nabokov was talking about in the gnomide passage, but I noticed a previous one (some 40 pages earlier) where he makes another reference to Dick Tracy, when Humbert has the encounter, or dreams thereof, with a man wearing the mask of Jutting Chin, "a grotesque sleuth in the funnies". I really don't know much about comics, so maybe I got that one wrong, but when you revealed the origin of the kiddoid I thought it all did fit quite well together.
crowleycrow
Jul. 24th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh yes, that's Dick Tracy, no doubt. Appel makes clear that Nabokov liked the funnies (he loved movies, too, and saw one almost weekly, in Berlin, Paris, the US.)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
200 Dick Tracy Characters
Here you go:

http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2009/06/200-characters-from-dick-tracy-1931.html

-afdumin
crowleycrow
Jul. 27th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: 200 Dick Tracy Characters
Very confusing. The only picture of Texie Garcia is entirely wrong, and there is no Big Boy.

My certainties are evaporating.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 27th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: 200 Dick Tracy Characters
???
Big Boy is right there next to Texie.
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