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The wacky looking villains of the Dick Tracy universe aren't even humanThey're mutants, aliens, or Half Human Hybrids.
Flattop didn't dieAnd the name Flattop Jr. was a cover for his immortality.
Dick Tracy is Chester Gould.His human form was stuck here writing his other form's stories as he encounters them. After his retirement, he was free to gradually merge the two worlds, unfortunately resulting in the loss of his real human body.
Moon Maid's 'clone' is actually Little Orphan Annie.The last time someone claimed that he'd cloned a person, it turned out to be a scam that Mumbles was running in order to evade prosecution. Since the same guy is helping to 'revive' Moon Maid and is being helped by someone Daddy Warbucks fired for fudging his results, it doesn't take much mental effort to realize that somehow or other, they grabbed onto Annie, brainwashed her and fed her enough Moon Person DNA to screw up her genetics.