Ed D. Edd (aka "Machine Gun" Eddie) was a hired killer who worked with Flattop. He was a bald man who wore eyeglasses.
Working with Flattop Edit
Edd became annoyed with Flattop's attempts to date a young WAC (Women Army Corps) signal person who lived in the apartment downstairs from where the men were holding Dick Tracy captive. Edd believed that the woman was an unnecessary distraction, and that Flattop was drawing too much attention to their activities.
When Flattop was about to shoot Tracy, Tracy grabbed his gun. The gun went off and the bullet nicked Tracy and killed Edd. Tracy grabbed Edd's machine gun and killed the third and final member of Flattop's gang, while Flattop himself escaped.
The Xylon PlotEdit
In 1986, Wendy Wichel revealed to Dick Tracy the release of the information behind the Xylon case (which had been kept secret). Tracy revealed to her Flattop Jones' and Ed D. Edd's role in the affair. Edd had showed misgivings about the plan, knowing the consequences of killing a federal agent. Flattop kidnapped both Professor Roloc Bard (creator of the Xylon Explosive formula) and FBI agent Jim Trailer under the orders of his employer, the mysterious Boche (later revealed to be Nazi agent Pruneface).
Edd and Flattop prepared to kill their captives, but Ed convinced Flattop that Bard must be a valuable asset. This prompted Flattop to betray Boche and start a bidding war between Boche and the United States government. Flattop finally agreed to Boche's offer of $50,000 for Bard, and he and Edd were about to kill Trailer when Pat Patton and Tracy found them. The police officers saved Trailer, but Bard was killed.
Flattop and Edd escaped, and would employ many of the same tactics later when they were hired to kidnap and kill Dick Tracy.