Wednesday's strip involved some simple word play, taking the name of an actual comic strip literally (click on images to enlarge).
|Realistic art coupled with grown-up storylines -- no wonder |
"The Heart of Juliet Jones" was discontinued.
Drake was an excellent draftsman, and the realistic drawings of the strip helped the readers take the story lines seriously. And those stories, for the most part, were mostly realistic, too, unlike the over-the-top drama of current TV soaps. That realism, plus a reading public's impatience with long story lines, may have lead to the strip's demise.
Tatulli uses the title of the strip for his gag, but doesn't appear to criticize the strip directly. The next day, though, the knives are back out.
|So funny I forgot to laugh.|
I think Marmaduke might still be around because 1) it doesn't take up much space, and 2) it fulfills the mandate Tatulli alludes to in Tuesday's strip -- it offends the least amount of people.