December 25, 1913|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
February 20, 2000 (aged 86)|
The Heart of Juliet Jones|
Big Ben Bolt
Elliot Caplin (December 25, 1913 - February 20, 2000) was a comic strip writer best known as the co-creator (with Stan Drake) of The Heart of Juliet Jones. His name is sometimes spelled with one extra letter: Elliott A. Caplin. He was the younger brother of Al Capp, creator of Li'l Abner.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Caplin graduated from Ohio State University in 1936. Beginning in 1937, he was employed as a writer for King Features Syndicate. He entered the comic book field as editor of True Comics for the Parents Magazine Institute. By 1940, he was an editorial director with the magazine Parents, leaving during World War II to serve with the Navy in the South Pacific. In the post-World War II years, he returned to Parents, continuing as an editor there until 1948.
In the early 1970s, Caplin wrote Meegan’s Game, a play about arrested adolescence. Directed by Paul E. Davis, it had a 1974 workshop production for several weekends at the Cricket Theatre on Second Avenue in an effort to interest potential backers. The play was eventually produced in 1982. Among his many other plays are A Nickel for Picasso, a fictionalized account of his brother losing his leg. He also wrote a book about his brother, Al Capp Remembered.
Personal life and death
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JKRG-Z3B : accessed 12 Mar 2013), Elliott Caplin, 20 February 2000.
- Caplin, Elliott. Al Capp Remembered. Bowling Green University Press, 1994.
- National Cartoonists Society
- Benton, Mike. The Comic Book in America: An Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1989, p. 148. ISBN 0-87833-659-1
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