January 30th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Mary to the Core

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Way back here I mentioned the confusion over whether or not that beloved busybody Mary Worth had evolved from King Feature’s earlier Apple Mary, noting that the confusion lingers “largely because it’s Mary Worth, and the people who research such things don’t much give a damn.”

Fortunately, one of the 12 or so people in the world who does care is comics historian R.C. Harvey, whose recent post on the subject at the Comics Journal site clears the whole matter up very nicely.

Using strips provided by comics writer Jay Maeder, Harvey establishes that the old girl was indeed identified as Mary Worth a number of times only a few months after the original Apple Mary strip began. Mystery solved, and all 12 concerned parties can finally get a good night’s sleep.

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