Joe Giella Retires From Drawing “Mary Worth”


The legendary Joe Giella

Saturday, July 23, 2016, features the last “Mary Worth” strip drawn by the legendary Joe Giella.  After decades of incredible work, Joe is taking much deserved time away from the drawing board.

June Brigman and her husband Roy (who are currently doing the Sundays) will be creating the art for the dailies too.

Joe will still be accepting commissions for paintings and other artwork, but without the relentless syndication deadlines!  If you attend a Comic Con in San Diego or elsewhere, you might run into him.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Joe for a long time.  Before I started writing “Mary Worth,” Joe was working on the strip with writer John Saunders.  And before that, Joe was drawing, inking, penciling, or otherwise having a hand in features such as “Flash Gordon” and “The Phantom” for King Features…and “Batman”, “The Green Lantern”, “The Flash”, and many more for DC Comics.

On top of his impressive background and talent, Joe has always been humble and kind. His ethics, integrity, and professionalism made our working relationship an easy one.  I’ve been extremely fortunate to have worked with such a talented and terrific guy!

Thank you, Joe, for making my words come to life in such a beautiful way.


A Sunday "Mary Worth" strip drawn by Joe Giella

A Sunday “Mary Worth” strip drawn by Joe Giella



Tommy’s Back in the Picture!


The last time we saw Tommy Beedie, he had gotten a nighttime custodial job at Jerry’s Sandwich Shop!  Things looked promising when he met Tina the waitress!  His mother Iris (who’s dating Wilbur) had hopes he was straightening out his life!  Here’s a look back at the last time we saw him!



Dialogue…More or Less


There are some Sundays that call for less dialogue.  Take a recent one, for example. Dawn has gotten her life in balance again, spreading her energy among time with Harlan, her school work, her father, and her friends.

MarybikesHere’s another example from the Olive Taylor story a few years ago.  Mary rescues Olive from drowning.  Sundays can be a great showcase for an artist’s sequential work.

MarysavesOliveWhen I write a Sunday strip, I keep in mind that some readers only see the Sundays and not the dailies because some print newspapers only carry “Mary Worth” on Sundays.  That’s true also for the dailies.  Some print newspapers only carry “Mary Worth” Monday through Saturday.  With the different types of readers in mind, I pace stories in a way that allows for CLARITY.  While I try to write a Sunday strip that appears fresh and appealing for the readers who see the Sundays AND the dailies, I have to keep in mind that some readers follow either ONLY the Sundays, or ONLY the dailies.

Sometimes that means writing less dialogue and more descriptive scenes, which satisfy readers of dailies and Sundays with something new, and yet also inform the Sunday-only readers with what’s going on.