Odds Zonn

First Appearance:

January 21st, 1953 (partial)
January 31st, 1953 (revealed)

Known Relatives:

Mrs. Zonn, Wife (Deceased)
Wingy Plenty, Daughter
Unnamed Sister
Unnamed Sister-In-Law

Known Associates:

John the Barber

Appearance of Death:

June 5th, 1953

Can Be Found:

The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 14
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 15

Created By:

Chester Gould

Odds Zonn was an ambitious criminal who sought to take over the national organization that had been operated by Mr. Crime. He had dark hair, and the habit of tossing dice in his hand.

The Culvert Death TrapEdit

Following Mr. Crime's death, Odds Zonn believed that the first step in securing his power would be to eliminate the threat posed by Dick Tracy. Using his daughter Susie as bait, Zonn lured Tracy in a trap, sealing him in a culvert beneath an isolated roadway. He offered Tracy a large bribe to retire from law enforcement, with the understanding that if the detective refused he would face death by starvation or freezing.

Tracy managed to escape, and Zonn became a fugitive. He left Susie at her preschool, and prepared to flee from the city with his wife. Mrs. Zonn protested, and Odds struck her. The blow was more powerful than he'd intended, and Mrs. Zonn died. Zonn disposed of the body by tossing in a river with a weight attached.

Zonn on the RunEdit

Zonn then went to the home of his sister, who berated him for his criminal acts. He was concerned about Susie, and had learned that she had been taken in by the family of her schoolmate Sparkle Plenty. He sent his sister to investigate, which she did (begrudgingly). She went to the Plenty home and saw that Susie (who was now being called "Wingy) was being well cared-for. She reported this back to Zonn, who agreed to leave his daughter with the Plentys.

Zonn was nearly apprehended by Tracy when Zonn had arranged for a barber friend to come to his hideout to cut his hair, but he managed to escape.

The Glowing Hand of Odds ZonnEdit

Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that both Odds and Wingy were suffering from radiation poisoning. Zonn has stolen a shipping of radioactive paint (under the mistaken assumption that it was gold), which Wingy had spilled on herself in the kitchen of their home. Zonn was exposed to it while cleaning it. The radiation caused Zonn's right hand to glow (an effect which covered all of Wingy's body). It eventually caused both of them to suffer significant pain as well.

Through B.O. Plenty's prominent friend, Diet Smith, a radiation specialist was brought in to treat Wingy. Zonn followed his progress in newspapers, as he was becoming increasingly desperate. When Zonn could no longer bear the pain of his radiation poisoning, he went to the hospital where Wingy was being treated. Brandishing a gun, he demanded that the doctor treat him as well. However, the doctor had already left the country, having successfully treated Wingy.

Zonn barricaded himself in a hospital room.  When Tracy (who had discovered the body of Zonn's murdered wife) attempted to arrest Zonn, using a piece of bulletproof glass for protection, the bullets Odds fired were deflected. Zonn himself fired at his shield from close range, and the bullet ricocheted and struck him in the head, killing him.


  • Zonn's solidification of the late Mr. Crime's criminal enterprise is considered to be an early incarnation of the national criminal organization that later came to be known as "The Apparatus".

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