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THE CHICAGO COMMODITIES : Comic Book Trades on Commodities Scandal

August 03, 1989|From a Times Staff Writer

CHICAGO — Wednesday's indictments in the federal government's four-year-long probe of cheating in Chicago's commodities exchanges may not be a laughing matter in the LaSalle Street financial district, but they're a joke to two entrepreneurs. They've published a comic book about the emerging scandal.

Called "Chicago Follies, The Big Sting," the comic book parodies life and illegal trading in the pits of an unnamed commodities exchange. Heroine of the 28-page, black-and-white booklet is Sally LaSalle, a 31 year-old Japanese yen trader who thinks a Scotch and water is "a great way to unwind after a brutal day under surveillance by government spooks."

Her nemesis is another trader, Larry "The Lizard" Halsted, who is "not too cool about following (exchange) rules."

Buried somewhere in the $2.95 publication, no doubt, is an undercover FBI agent. Is it Mr. Ono? Harry the Bit Hitter? The Ninja? The answer will be in the next issue, for only $3.75.

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