A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

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:

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.

(MARY):                    ZZZ…

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:

MWSun2407 

Question From a Fan

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.

SKMBT_C45414062411351

64 Years Ago

MaryJune1950a

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 Sightings and Mentions

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:

MGC20110225

MARK TRAIL:

MGC20110226

JUDGE PARKER:

MGC20110228

And DICK TRACY!

MGC20110422

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!

CUC20050905

MALLARD FILLMORE noticed Mary’s getting older with grace:

MFC20090601

And in MY CAGE Mary shared her wisdom with Norm:

MYC20101002

I wonder where Mary will turn up next!

Reader Tip

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.

Poetry From Prison – A Unique Perspective

Tommy wants to avoid returning to prison.

MWC20041105

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.

Mary Likes to Garden

MWC20120514bigger

Mary’s one of those people with a green thumb.  Maybe you are too.  If you are, or if you know someone who is, you may be interested in this charming tee that features Mary as she’s gardening.

mary_gardening_tee

You can purchase it here.

IMG_20130421_161636_369

“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Mary’s Known As a Great Cook

Mary’s known by her friends not only as a great adviser, but also a great cook.  Friends often sit at her dining table and share the wonderful creations she makes in her kitchen.  What better way to break open a person’s psyche than by breaking bread with them?

MWC20130318Mservesfood

Eating together is a big part of dating.  Although she likes to cook, sometimes Mary likes to  eat out with Jeff at The Bum Boat seafood restaurant.

MWC20120515JEFFMARYDINING

In addition to making hearty meals, Mary often makes baked goods to serve to friends.

MWC20120611MservesWmuffins

I recommend “The Good Cake Book” by Diana Dalsass.  There’s an appealing selection of different cake recipes – bar cakes, tube cakes, loaf cakes, etc. – and she has a nice way of describing them.  One of my favorites is the Chocolate Chip Apple Cake recipe which appears in an early version of her book.

31-uYtx6O3L._BO1,204,203,200_