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Moon Maid by meezerkat Moon Maid by meezerkat
Meet Moon Maid, a character both loved and hated from the Dick Tracey comic strip. She was created by Chester Gould during the era of J F Kennedy's famous race to the moon speech, as well as NASA's early baby steps into space (John Glenn, Gemini, etc.). Purists who are fans of the strip see the whole Moon Maid sequence as an odd abberation of Gould's, a distraction from his lurid, exciting crime dramas. Fans, like me, see her as part of Gould's whimsical side, who was capable of creating characters like her and others that had a lighter touch.

Those are horns on the top of her head. The moon people were ahead of their time; they gathered their energy from the sun through their antannae/horns. She was able to burn people with a touch, detonate bombs from a distance, melt graphite pencil marks and cause paper or other objects to combust just by pointing at them. She also was able to control her body temperature at will--lowering it and raising it as needed (due to the extremes of temperatures on the moon). Because of this ability I pictured her with pale, pale skin. Her eyes were really strange--sometimes Gould drew them with pupils and other times not. I chose to leave them off in this picture, making her more alien (as if those yellow eyes weren't enough!). Her costume, a sleeveless bodysuit with red thigh-high boots, often illicited comments from those around her of "but--you're half-naked!" Rather quaint compared to today's standards in which she's more than adequately clothed.

Even though she is rather a strange individual and rather dangerous at that, she won the heart of Junior Tracy. He married her and they had one child, Honey Moon. Don't know if she's still in the strip or not. Moon Maid was tragically killed off in the seventies by a car bomb meant for Dick Tracy. We knew too much about the real moon by then for her to continue as a viable character.

This will be part of a series I hope to do of women characters from the comic strips, comics and animation that inspired me as I was growing up. Moon Maid and her story inspired me as a child to fantasize about other worlds and races. I had to wait to read of her adventures at my grandma's place as we didn't take the newspaper she ran in. My grandma would save the papers so we could read the comics. I remember waiting anxiously to get to those comics so I could find out what happened next after Junior and Moon Maid escaped earth in the Space Coupe and headed for the Moon. For several years I would draw Moon Maid and Junior and Honey Moon and make paper dolls of them. Those were the days.

Moon Maid is copyrighted probably by the syndicate that owns Dick Tracy. She was originally created by Chester Gould. The moon photo is from a stock shot on NASA's web site. I think I understood it to be copyright free, I hope.
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Alaxr274 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Moon Maid's my favorite Dick Tracy character, other than Dick Tracy himself. BTW, did you hear that they cloned Moon Maid in recent strips?
maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Guess who's back: [link] [link]
MoreCartoons Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
I find it disturbing that after the original creator, who purposely chose to put Junior and Moon Maid together, died, that she was not only killed but erased from continuity by people who didn't like her or the entire moon sequence and wanted the series back to before it happened, including making a fan pairing not desired by the creator official. Gould made Junior, Sparkle, and Moon Maid. If he had wanted Junior and Sparkle together he would have married them himself.
meezerkat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I personally agree. I found it disgusting that they destroyed Moon Maid and, technically, the Moon Kingdom.

But then...I'm the kind of person who believes that if a comic strip creator dies, his strip should go with him. The syndicates keep the characters alive to cash in on them. I've created a few characters for Archie Comics that I wish I hadn't left in their hands--they've used them in ways I wouldn't have.
MADstarter Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I once read about Moon Maid and the twist Chester Gould gave to his comic including space stuff with this beauty's people. She was a Princess, if I recall correctly. I can't remember where it was I read the whole thing, maybe in Wikipedia. Anyways, I also remember Moon Maid appearing in one or two episodes from the old Filmation's Dick Tracy TV show (60's, 70's... don't remember exactly when but it was a long time ago!), and I gotta say... SHE WAS A BEAUTY!!!!! :heart: :love: :wow: :blush: :heart: :love: :wow: :blush:

Thank you very much for drawing Moon Maid! :) Like you and a few others, I'm a HUGE fan of this LOVELY character! :love: :heart: :love: :heart: All I can say is she didn't deserve such a tragic ending. :(

But, you know what hapens with these characters. Sometimes they're brought back to life by those of us (adoring fans) who put aside those critics about her, her origins and everything which made the girl an unloved character by so many others, in order to keep her alive in our hearts. :) And MY heart, I can assure you, meezerkat, is HUGE enough to keep her alive... FOREVER!!!! :D ;) :)

meezerkat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad I can "bring her back to life" for those of us who appreciated her. BTW--if you go to this blog: [link] and scroll down to the earlier entries on the page and read "upwards" you can read some of the very first Moon Maid strips. The blogger doesn't have her intro on his site but he has the segment where she and Junior escape to the moon and what happens after that. Fun stuff!
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, Moon Maid was the closest Gould got to a costumed super-hero in the strip, and her daughter had her powers as well. (I recall the baby romping nude in the snow in one sustained sequence).

The hybrid girl is still around, tho her hair is styled to hide her antennae. No further mention of Moon Girl's people have been made since the moon and the earth severed all contact after Moon Girl's assassination (car bomb that was meant for Tracy -and authorized by Big Boy, the very first baddie Tracy ever fought !).

The new creative team also got Sparkle Plenty divorced from her no-good husband Vera Alldid so she could marry Junior. Junior's marriage to Moon Girl was a conceptual mistake that was corrected.
meezerkat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
I didn't mind Junior marrying Sparkle Plenty. However, as I was a big fan of Moon Maid, I did not appreciated them killing her off. Gould put a lot of work into his Mood Maid story; if you've ever read the original series where she was introduced, it was quite extensive, going into life on the moon, etc.

Ah well. I know I'm in the camp of the few that liked Moon Maid. And after Gould's death it was inevitable that they (the newspaper syndicate) would kill her off. I'm just sorry that people feel it "had to be done." If Gould had wanted her gone he'd have done it while he was alive.
Hhallart Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Actually Gould was alive during that time (circa 78). He retired in Christmas 77 and assistant Rick Fletcher and writer Max Collins took over and Max decided to off the character though against Gould's wishes cause he wanted to focus on more the crime dramas. Honeymoon stayed on.

The strip is now taken over by artist Joe Staton (of 80s Green Lantern Corps) and Mike Curtis. A new story involving a clone of Moon Maid (called Mysta) is now being featured along with the revival of Sparkles ex Vera Aldid and even artist Scott Shaw! is featured. June 1 is planned to have the resolution of the Annie story also be incorporated.
MarkMoore Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
I thought Moon Maid was great. Gould proved he could really draw cute girls as well as gritty crime stuff , and that increased my admiration of him as an artist. Not much great drawing going on in the newspaper strips nowadays , alas.
meezerkat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very true. I miss all the old adventure strips. My husband recently discovered Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates. Great stuff! Got him book 2 for Christmas, book 1 has yet to be reprinted!

Anyway, Gould had such a wonderful quirky style, all his own. Over the years his inks got bolder. I love his work. I've got a couple of books that compile some of his stuff. Would like more.
michiganj24 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
OMG so loved that stuff glad to see someone else knows of it
meezerkat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, no kidding! I'm surprised to find somebody else here who remembers her. I just did the pic because I wanted to pay homage to one of my very early art inspirations.

--Kathleen Webb :D
michiganj24 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Yeah I did not read it in its orginal run (that whole not being born thing) But I love all of Chet's Tracy stuff even the sillier stuff. Too bad the new stuff does nothing for me
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