Judge Parker is an American soap opera-style comic strip created by
Nicholas P. Dallis that first appeared on November 24, 1952. The
strip's look and content were influenced by the work of Allen Saunders
Ken Ernst on Mary Worth.
1 Characters and story
4 External links
Characters and story
Alan Parker was a widower with two children, Randy and Ann. Later,
Judge Parker married a younger woman, Katherine. Initially a dashing
figure who solved crimes and chased criminals, Parker became an
upstanding and serious judge who rarely strayed from his courtroom
during the 1960s. Instead, the spotlight began to focus on handsome,
successful young attorney Sam Driver, and Parker was almost entirely
phased out of his own strip.
Most stories revolve around Driver, his wealthy client and now wife
Abbey Spencer, and their two adopted children: volatile Neddy and her
traumatized younger sister, Sophie. The family lives with their maid
Marie at Spencer Farms, where Abbey raises Arabian horses. Some of the
cast may not be seen for some time because
Judge Parker stories tend
to be long; an apparent week in the plot may last for months in
publication time. The characters have gradually (and gracefully) aged
over the years. Alan's son Randy, now grown, is Driver's law
partner, and a 2006 storyline focused on Randy's campaign for the
judicial seat from which his father is retiring, ensuring that the
"Judge Parker" name will continue. The February 15, 2009, strip stated
that Randy would be "the new Judge Parker."
Judge Parker (February 28, 2010)
Dr. Dallis, a psychiatrist who also created the comic strips Rex
Morgan, M.D. and Apartment 3-G, used the pen name "Paul Nichols" when
writing the strip. Shortly before his death, he retired in 1990,
turning over the scripting chores to his assistant Woody Wilson.
The strip's first artist was Dan Heilman, who left in 1965 and was
replaced by Harold LeDoux. LeDoux's last strip ran on May 28, 2006.
Comic book artist
Eduardo Barreto replaced him; his first strip
appeared the following day. Barreto suffered a near-fatal injury in
a car accident in
Uruguay shortly afterwards and was unable to
illustrate the strips for December 2006; as a result, Rex Morgan
Graham Nolan did the strip for a week, and John Heebink took
over the following week. Barreto resumed drawing the strip in
January 2007. Barreto fell "gravely ill" from meningitis in early
February 2010 and had to withdraw from drawing the strip for "the
foreseeable future". Barreto's son Diego drew the strip for the
week beginning February 8, 2010, with John Heebink stepping in again
on February 15, 2010, for four weeks while Barreto recovered.
Artist Mike Manley assumed the art duties permanently beginning with
the four weeks beginning with the March 15, 2010, strips.
Initially announced as another fill-in artist, Manley revealed that
he'd been given the ongoing assignment on February 23, 2010.
The syndicate held a "two-man tryout" with Manley being offered the
full-time job over Heebink after Manley turned in his second week of
art for the strip. Following Woody Wilson's retirement, Francesco
Marciuliano became writer as of August 22, 2016.
^ "Dr. Rex Morgan Owes Life to Psychiatrist". Los Angeles Times.
August 28, 1983. p. 15. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
^ Goulart, Ron (January 29, 2002). "Mary Worth". St. James
Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. Retrieved February 9,
2010. [permanent dead link]
^ Ballard, Larry (February 13, 2006). "Ballard: Woe to the boss who
fired 'Judge Parker'". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original
on January 21, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
^ a b Peters, Mike (January 29, 2006). "Keeping it 'realistic,' for 50
Harold LeDoux is ready to lay down his pen". Dallas
Morning News. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
^ "Judge Parker". Houston Chronicle. February 15, 2009.
^ "Nicholas Dallis; Creator of 'Apartment 3-G', 'Rex Morgan'". Los
Angeles Times. July 8, 1991. p. A18. Retrieved February 9,
^ Davenport, John C. (October 2, 1998). "Woody Wilson and Harold
Ledoux". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
^ "SAM". Winston-Salem Journal. July 25, 2006. p. B2. Retrieved
February 9, 2010.
^ a b Cavna, Michael (February 12, 2010). "Breaking: 'Judge Parker'
Eduardo Barreto is 'gravely ill'; new artist sought". Comic
Riffs. Washington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
^ a b Gardner, Alan (February 12, 2010). "Barreto son, Heebinks
briefly take over Judge Parker". The Daily Cartoonist. Retrieved
February 15, 2010.
^ Cavna, Michael (February 22, 2010). "'Judge Parker' Minus Barreto:
Readers speak out about the art – and the artist". Comic Riffs.
Washington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
^ a b Manley, Michael (February 23, 2010). "New Gig". Draw!. Retrieved
February 25, 2010.
^ a b Cavna, Michael (March 15, 2010). "Artist Mike Manley makes his
'Judge Parker' debut today". Comic Riffs. The Washington Post.
Retrieved March 15, 2010.
^ Manley, Mike (February 21, 2010). "Work Break". Draw! (Mike Manley
official website). Retrieved February 23, 2010.
Francesco Marciuliano blog
Judge Parker at Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Judge Parker at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original
on October 22, 2016.
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