Dick Tracy Wiki
Advertisement

Dyne O'Matick was an engineer who worked for Diet Smith Industries. He developed the Space Coupe and was the first person to pilot it.

O'Matick had short hair and typically wore dark glasses and a cap.

Captive of the 52 Gang[]

Shortly after the trip in which Diet Smith introduced the Space Coupe to Dick Tracy (with O'Matick piloting), Dyne O'Matick was abducted at knife-point by members of the 52 Gang. They forced him to fly the Space Coupe into orbit, where they ejected one of their enemies.

O'Matick was then held captive by the 52 Gang, who had him return the Space Couple to their secret hiding place in the Black Hills. O'Matick was then forced to fly the Space Coupe on further acts of abduction and murder. He resisted them, but the Gang was confident that O'Matick would not want to endanger his own life or his invention.

Dyne O'Matick was later forced to pilot the Space Coupe to the gang's mesa-top resort hideout. Dick Tracy was eventually able to infiltrate the hideout, rescue O'Matick and dismantle the 52 Gang. O'Matick then piloted the Space Coupe on a mission to recover the body of a law enforcement officer that the 52 Gang had left in orbit (Orner Jamison).

Death[]

When Diet Smith revealed that Mysta Chimera was originally Glenna Ermine, and that her identity as Moon Maid was part of an elaborate plot to steal Smith's last Space Coupe, he mentioned in passing that Dyne O'Matick had "died years ago".

Notes[]

  • The name Dyne O'Matick is apparently a play on Dynamatic, the name of an industrial machine manufacturer. It is a portmanteau of the words "dynamic" and "automatic".
  • For many of his appearances, Dyne O'Matick was addressed only as "pilot" or "engineer". 
  • Shortly after the end of the 52 Gang case, Diet Smith used the Space Coupe to take B.O. Plenty and his family to visit Plenty's birthplace in Slingshot Mountain, Virginia. This drew Smith into the case of Pallette Twins, during the course of which he used the Space Coupe to engage in surveillance. While the pilot of the Space Coupe during this adventure was not identified by name, he strongly resembled Dyne O'Matick. 
  • The final comic in The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 20 features the first appearance of the Space Coupe. Though he is not identified by name, one of the technicians working on it seems to be Dyne O'Matick.
  • Dyne O'Matick was initially the only person who was able to pilot the Space Coupe. Other pilots were trained later, and the Coupe was also shown to be relatively user-friendly which enabled otherwise-untrained people to fly it with brief instructions.
Advertisement