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Big John was the manager of the Hotel Blake in Dick Tracy's city. He was a large man with light hair and an avuncular demeanor.

When Thistle Dew and Uncle Punky were seeking a hideout, they were referred to "John at the Blake" by Jimmy-the-Juice via the trained raven called "Stoolie". When they arrived, John told them that the only available accommodations were an 8-room luxury suite that cost $900 per month. Desperate, Punky agreed to take the suite.

Later, Big John delivered a large basket of fruit to the suite.


  • It is not clear how much of a connection Big John had to the criminal underworld. It is reasonable to deduce that he had a standing arrangement to provide lodging to fugitives, with the understanding that the exorbitant cost was the price of John not notifying the authorities.