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Flattop Jones

Eat lead, copper!
~ Flattop shooting at Dick Tracy

Flattop Jones is a major antagonist in Chester Gould's comic strip Dick Tracy. He is the right-hand man of crime boss Big Boy.

History

Gould's character leads a gang of three hoods and is known as an "Ace Killer" in the storyline in which Flattop is the featured villain, black marketeers hire him to eliminate Dick Tracy for a fee of $5000: five times his regular rate.

Flattop assaults Flintheart and uses his makeup supplies for a disguise. Tracy, Patton and Flintheart continued the search and battle Flattop after almost being fooled by a child to whom Flattop had passed off his disguise in hopes of making him a decoy. Flattop is severely wounded, but successfully treated in custody.

Eventually, on May 14, 1944, Flattop is drowned attempting to flee Tracy, after getting trapped between two struts of a replica of the Santa Maria.

Flattop's last appearance in this storyline was his meeting with Pruneface to collect his $50,000 and tell him where to find Bard. Pruneface swore that he'd kill Flattop if he ever dared to betray him again.

Dick Tracy (film)

In the Warren Beatty film, Flattop is the right-hand hood of Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice. He retains the comic Flattop's demeanor—suave, sneering, and impeccably dressed—but does little throughout the film besides menace Big Boy's enemies and shoot people. He is usually paired with fellow hoodlum Itchy.

Flattop is gunned down by Tracy in the Club Ritz shootout near the end of the film.

He is portrayed by William Forsythe, who also portrayed Richie Madano in Out For Justice.