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Edward Moppet was a member of Dude's gang. He had light hair.

Ed and his associate Irwin had been part of Dude's criminal enterprise, part of which involved packing and selling horse meat. When Dude tried to give up his life of crime, he brought Irwin and Ed into his new scheme as a talent manager.

Dude assigned Ed to find venues that Tonsils could disrupt with auditions and performances forced at gunpoint. These included the radio program hosted by Joe Noe.

Ed and Irwin became dissatisfied with this new arrangement and decided to return to the meat packing business. They realized that if Dude became successful, he may try to blame them for his previous crimes to avoid prosecution. Ed murdered Dude and returned to the meat packing plant. They had some success taking over Dude's business, and Ed became known as "The Horse Meat King".

Ed and Irwin determined that Tonsils could implicate them in Dude's death. They abducted Tonsils and sealed him inside a large truck tire casing in a tire yard, expecting that Tonsils would starve to death or be killed when the tire went through the reclamation process.

Ed and Irwin were discovered leaving the tire yard by police patrolman Officer Mason. They shot Mason and escaped in a taxi they had stolen. Mason survived, but was unable to describe Ed and Irwin because they had been wearing masks.

Mason took Dick Tracy and Sam Catchem to the tire yard where he had encountered the criminals. By this time, Tonsils had been rescued by Gus and his wife, and he was recuperating in their home. Tracy and Sam discovered part of Ed's torn coat at the tire yard, which led them to learn his identity.

Tracy and Sam were able to discover where Ed was working, and they planned to infiltrate the meat packing facility. Ed quickly realized that Sam was a police officer and held him at gunpoint. A shootout ensued between Ed and Tracy and Sam in which Ed was killed.


  • In several cases, the artwork makes it difficult to distinguish between Irwin and Ed Moppet. It is implied that Ed was the one who killed Dude, due to the shape of his hat shown in silhouette.

The death of Ed Moppet