Dear readers, After you spoke loudly and in large numbers in the recent survey, it's time to say farewell to the following comics starting June 15: "Apartment 3G,” "Mary Worth,” "Judge Parker,” "Rex Morgan,” "Gasoline Alley” and "Brevity.” The reasons are many, but the top three reasons are that all of the strips finished in the: •Bottom 10 of the overall survey. •Bottom 10 of "favorite” comics. •Top 10 of "least favorite” comics, with "Mary Worth” finishing atop that list. Also, in a survey taken by The Oklahoman five years ago, the five serial strips finished in the top 10 of Sunday and daily "least favorites.” While other strips, such as "Todd the Dinosaur,” "Cathy,” "Egg-spress Yourself” and "Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids” did poorly in certain parts of the survey, they did well in other areas. For example, "Todd,” created by Oklahoma City's Patrick Roberts, finished 14th among the "favorites” of the 33 comics. And "Egg-spress” and "Slylock Fox” scored high among younger readers who completed the survey. Those comics will continue, with "Todd” and "Cathy”remaining in the daily features section and in the Sunday Comics section. The serial comics such as "Mary Worth” and "Gasoline Alley,” and "Brevity” also did poorly in the comments section. While a few of you asked to keep them, more than 100 of the survey comments addressed the need to "get rid,” "drop,”"stop” or "dump” them. Words such as "hate,” "don't like,”"don't care for,” "boring,” "really poor” or "never, ever read” also were used frequently. "‘Brevity' never makes sense. ‘Gasoline Alley' is beyond hope,” one reader wrote. Another wrote, "I'm over 60 and have not known anyone since the '50s that reads ‘Judge Parker,' ‘Apartment 3G,' ‘Rex Morgan' or ‘Mary Worth.' Replace them.” So, we are. On June 15, these strips will be replaced by "Frank & Ernest,” "Big Nate” and "Soup to Nutz,” among those requested by readers. The Sunday puzzles page will move from the Destinations section to the Sunday Comics sections, and a new puzzle, Celebrity Cipher, will be added. Nearly 120 of the survey respondents asked that we add a new puzzle. On the daily color comics page, the five serials also will be replaced by a new crossword puzzle. The other two daily puzzles, Daily Cryptoquote and Conceptis Sudoku, and a new bridge column will move to the daily features section. The new bridge column iswritten by Phillip Alder, a bridge champion, coach, author and teacher. Alder is associate editor of The Bridge World magazine and previouslywas editor of Bridge Magazine. If you're a fan of the serial comics, there are still ways to continue following the story lines. To find Judge Parker, Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, Apartment 3G, Brevity or Gasoline Alley, go to NewsOK.com/entertainment.
On the daily color comics page, the five serials also will be replaced by a new crossword puzzle.