The Heart of Juliet Jones
The Heart of Juliet Jones was a comic strip created by Stan Drake in 1953.
The strip was a soap opera, following the prototype set by Mary Worth but elevated by Drake's exceptional artwork. The figure drawing was characterized by Drake's pioneering use of naturalistic movement and expression, a style he achieved partly through the use of Polaroid photographic reference.
Characters and story
Much of the dramatic tension was realized through the interaction of two dissimilar sisters. Brunette Juliet Jones, the older, was modest, sensible and successful. Buxom blonde Eve Jones was flirty, flighty, and in and out of trouble. Their elderly father, a decent but dull man easily swayed by both of his daughters, also played a leading role.
A full reprinting in book form of Drake's work on the strip was begun by Classic Comics Press in late 2008.
- The Heart of Juliet Jones vol. 1, Classic Comics Press, 2009 (Reprints dailies March 8, 1953 - August 13, 1955)
- The Heart of Juliet Jones vol. 2, Classic Comics Press, 2009 (Reprints dailies August 15, 1955 - November 30, 1957)
- The Heart of Juliet Jones vol. 3, Classic Comics Press, 2010 (Reprints dailies December 2, 1957 - January 23, 1960)
- Juliette Jones 1 : 1953-1954, Futuropolis (1984) French edition
- Juliette Jones 2 : 1954-1955, Futuropolis (1984) French edition
Drake received the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Strip Award in 1968, 1970 and 1972. Drake left the strip in 1989, and it was continued by Frank Bolle from 1982 through New Year's Day 2001.
- Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1
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