Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MARY WORTH

Soap-opera comic strip Mary Worth first appeared in 1938, created by writer Allen Saunders and artist Dale Conner (under the pseudonym "Dale Allen"). In the 1940s, Saunders partnered with artist Ken Ernst, who brought a realistic style to the strip that Toonopedia suggests transformed Mary Worth into "the prototype for a new style of soap opera strip, later displayed in The Heart of Juliet Jones, Friday Foster, Apartment 3-G and others."

Today, the series is continued by writer/artist team Karen Moy and Joe Giella. King Features wants to remind readers that "Mary Worth stories are not about Mary. They are about a continuing parade of people who enter Mary's life. If you look closely, you may recognize one of your neighbors -- or even yourself." Over the years, the series has confronted such issues as drug addiction, spouse abuse, alcoholism, infidelity, and concerns of the elderly.

Read the Mary Worth comic strip free online
www.cafepress.com/maryworth
Commentary on Mary Worth at Comics Curmudgeon

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