Mary is proud to be part of this anti-bullying book spearheaded by her friend Kurt Kolka. A collection of stories from over 30 cartoonists who join the fight against cruelty and abuse. Get it now on Amazon!
This book contains four popular stories involving Mary and her friends with the theme of SEARCHING for someone…or something!
Mary Goes to Vietnam: When Mary doesn’t hear from Jeff who is on a humanitarian mission overseas, she takes matters into her own hands and travels to Vietnam to search for him!
Gina Looks For Bobby: Mary befriends a local waitress who’s having trouble getting over a former love from her distant past. When Mary advises Gina to look for him, what she finds is more than she ever dreamed of!
The Missing Girl: While at a local diner, Mary recognizes a missing girl she’s seen on a poster, and takes a stand against the kidnapper who’s holding her!
Tom and Beth: A Search for Love: Mary invites her neighbors Tom and Beth over for dinner in order to make a match between them. But when they hit it off, Beth’s mother Elinor protests against their romance!
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When I write a Mary script, I set up a scene with as much description as I can for Joe.
Here’s an example of a Sunday script:
1. New clothes. It’s two days after they tried the wider course of antibiotics. Mary has fallen asleep while sitting in a chair next to Jeff’s bed. He’s sleeping too.
(BOX): IT’S BEEN 48 HOURS SINCE A WIDER COURSE OF ANTIBIOTICS WAS ADMINISTERED TO JEFF.
2. Mary asleep sitting in a chair next to a sleeping Jeff who lies in bed.
3. As she sleeps sitting in a chair, Mary dreams of Jeff in open water again. As in previous dreams he calls out to her for help.
(JEFF IN DREAM): MARY, HELP ME!
4. Except this time, Mary dreams that she reaches out her hand to him from a boat she’s in.
(MARY IN DREAM): TAKE MY HAND, JEFF!
5. In Mary’s dream, they strain and stretch their hands to each other, him to be saved , and her to save him from drowning. Their hands are so close! Will she be able to save him?
6. In Mary’s dream, she finally is able to grasp his hand in a life-saving move before pulling him out of deep water. Perhaps a close-up of her hands grasping his hand to save him.
7/8. Before the dream is completed, before she pulls him out, the dream is interrupted by real time Jeff waking up, much improved and looking at her from his hospital bed. She is startled awake to find Him weakly smiling at her, clearly recognizing her, weakly grasping her hand.
(JEFF): HEY…BEAUTIFUL…YOU’RE A…SIGHT FOR SORE EYES…MARY…
(MARY): THANK GOODNESS, JEFF! YOU’RE BACK.
Here’s the finished Sunday page that Joe created from my script:
Marsha Mattingly sent in the following:
“I don’t know if you can help me, but my father told me he picked my name from a Mary Worth comic strip and I was trying to find the strip that had my name on it. It would be around 1954 or 1953.”
Hi Marsha. Here are some strips from a 1954 storyline involving the character Marsha Devore. I love the fact that your father named you after a Mary Worth character! Thanks for writing.
Mary fans Pat and Tim Kennedy from Archie Comics sent me this fun fan art! Mary looks kind of hip here! I have to say though that without her signature hairdo, she looks like a different person. Anyway, great job and a fun piece of art!
Readers can look forward to viewing the dramatic death of Archie this summer!
Mary looked quite different several decades ago. She resembled a pleasantly plump version of Aunt May from the “Spider-Man” strip more than the sleek active Jessica Fletcher from “Murder She Wrote” that we see today.
But however her look may have changed, her romantic escapades and desire to help others have not. Those things continue on in steady fashion as Mary is as she always was. A compassionate, wise, senior widow with a penchant to do good in an ever-changing world.
Mary has appeared in and has been mentioned in other comic strips over the years. It’s always fun to see her pop up in these instances!
In MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM, Mike Peters did a series of gags about Mary having dalliances with men in other continuity strips.
There was REX MORGAN:
And DICK TRACY!
Gunther, Roscoe, and Earl told CURTIS that they got lost on the way to Blondie and Dagwood’s anniversary party and found themselves in Santa Royale!
MALLARD FILLMORE noticed Mary’s getting older with grace:
And in MY CAGE Mary shared her wisdom with Norm:
I wonder where Mary will turn up next!
Nancy Campbell sent in the following great suggestion:
“I read your comic strip daily in the SLC Deseret News. Just thought I’d give a suggestion for Tommy. It has worked for my sons looking for first time jobs.
Offer your services to work “free” for two weeks to prove your work ethic and dependability. My oldest son did just this at an Orem Utah J.C. Penney store. He got the job and had the store’s highest sales in the shoe dept. as their salesmen during his college years.
You have probably already finished this series of comic strips but just thought I’d give a different slant to job hunting.”
Thanks for sending that in, Nancy! I’m glad it worked out well for your sons! Maybe it will help others who are looking for a job.
Tommy wants to avoid returning to prison.
April is National Poetry Month. To reflect on Tommy, an ex-con who’s featured in the current story., here’s a poem from the book, “How to Survive A Bullet to the Heart” - a collection of poetry by maximum security prison inmates, compiled by John Wareham.
“More to It” by Rudy Bisnauth
There’s more to it than cuffs and crackles.
More to it than pain and shackles.
More to it than days and nights.
More to it than oozing life.
More to it than parsing crime.
More to it than counting time.
I woke and saw that pain’s a blessing.
Judgement Day is life’s undressing.
Caress what is to be your rest;
love, in time, will be your test.
To me there is a whole lot more.
A door to open many tours.
More to it, I count my breath,
how many whispers might be left?
A link to the book can be found here.