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Remember when, Chattanooga? This doll, believe it or not, represents Dick Tracy’s granddaughter.

Chattanooga News-Free Press File Photo / This 1965 photo from the archives of the Chattanooga News-Free Press shows a doll depicting Honey Moon, a character from the “Dick Tracy” comic strip.

You would have to be a fan of comics to remember this little doll.

The accompanying photo was found in a collection of Chattanooga News-Free Press newspaper pictures from 1965 and depicts Honey Moon, the “granddaughter” of iconic comic book character Dick Tracy.

The “Dick Tracy” comic strip, first published in 1931, was originally drawn by artist Chester Gould and featured the exploits of a crime-fighting police detective.

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Although we were unable to locate this photo in the newspaper’s archives, it could be a photo taken for an advertisement or a feature article in the toy department.

The Chattanooga newspaper’s “Dick Tracy” panels in 1965 mentioned Honey Moon, a child with antennae and magnetic hands. In the “Dick Tracy” comic storyline, Honey Moon was the daughter of Dick Tracy’s adopted son, Dick Tracy Jr. (aka Junior) and the Moon Maid, a humanoid woman born on the moon.

In 1990, a Morning Call newspaper article (in Allentown, Pennsylvania) on cartoon collectibles noted: “In 1965, the Ideal Toy Company released a 14-inch honeymoon with a space bubble helmet in removable plastic.

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If you have photo negatives, glass plate negatives, or original non-digital prints taken in the Chattanooga area, contact Sam Hall to find out how they may be eligible to be digitized and preserved for free.

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But before anyone rushes into the attic looking for a Honey Moon doll, know that despite the alien theme, the dolls never really took off. An eBay scan shows several well-worn copies of the doll available this week for around $35.

The character of Honey Moon was introduced in the “Dick Tracy” strip in the mid-1960s as part of the strip’s so-called “space age”, when space travel was a recurring theme. According to the comic, Honey Moon was born on September 12, 1965, on the Space Coupe, a fictional spacecraft.

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According to comic book stories, the “Dick Tracy” space period ended after 1969 when the Apollo 11 moon landing made it more difficult to maintain the cartoon’s fantasy about lunar beings.

Still, the “Dick Tracy” tape was famous for introducing some fantastic (for the day) technology that turned out to be prophetic. Specifically, a radio/TV wristwatch – which predicted today’s smartwatches – was a mid-century staple in “Dick Tracy” storylines.

The Honey Moon photo is part of an archive of newspaper images on chattanoogahistory.com, a website curated by local history buff Sam Hall.

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Contact Mark Kennedy at [email protected] or 423-757-6645. Follow him on Twitter @TFPcolumnist.