The Apartment 3-G comic strip was created in 1952 by psychiatrist Dr. Nicholas P. Dallis. Already the originator of two successful soap-opera comic strips, Rex Morgan, M.D. and Judge Parker, Dr. Dallis wanted to turn his attention to a phenomenon that was sweeping the nation: working women.
To do this, Dallis realized that he could not rely upon tried-and-trite stereotypes. With his keen insight into human nature, he created three women with whom his readers could identify because of their humanity, their strength and the truth of their portrayals. Sharing a New York apartment has enabled these three unmarried career women to come together in a place of strength, to meet head-on the challenges they face every day and to become more than friends and closer than sisters.
Apartment 3-G is one of the few comic strips that has not fallen behind the times; rather, the world has sped to catch up with it. More contemporary than ever, the comic strip speaks directly to the new generation of women who try to juggle careers, men and friendship. Today, Apartment 3-G is written by Margaret Shulock and drawn by Frank Bolle.
Whenever readers feel they need a friend, they know they can always find one in Apartment 3-G.
In 2006, Margaret Shulock officially became the writer on Apartment 3-G, the contemporary "soap opera" comic strip that speaks directly to the new generation of women who try to juggle careers, men and friendship. She is also a cartoonist for Six Chix, a daily strip drawn by six different cartoonists each day of the week. Margaret draws and writes the Tuesday Six Chix strip.
Veteran artist Frank Bolle draws Apartment 3-G, one of the most enduring soap-opera comic strips. Apartment 3-G details the adventures of three career women who share an apartment in New York City. The strip, created by former psychiatrist Nicholas Dallis, debuted in 1961.
Bolle was born and raised in New York City. An inveterate doodler, he remembers that as a child he drew on any scrap of paper he could find. He went to the High School of Music and Art, and then served with the Army Air Force in Okinawa from 1943 to 1946. After the war, Bolle found work in the booming comic-book industry while continuing his studies at Pratt Institute, where he graduated with honors.
Bolle is one of the most prolific comic book artists of all time. He worked for Western Publishing, illustrating science fiction strips like Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Dr. Solar. Around the same time, Bolle began writing and drawing Children's Tales, a syndicated Sunday feature with original stories and adapted fairy-tale classics.
Bolle drew The Heart of Juliet Jones for King Features from 1984 to 1999, and the long-running soap-opera strip Winnie Winkle.
Bolle is president of Connecticut Classic Arts and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society. He loves to paint watercolors and does pet portraits by commission. His watercolors have won numerous awards at shows across the country.
Life has been somewhat of a bumpy road for this lovely brunette talent agent. And although she's considered the hothead of this close-knit trio, she most often has been the anchor of calm for her roommates, Tommie and Lu Ann.
The redheaded Tommie, who began her career as a nurse, is really the brains of the trio. Though often down, Tommie is never out, and her resiliency takes her to her next adventure.
This glamorous blonde schoolteacher has always had a craving for experiencing life to its fullest. When her Air Force pilot husband was shot down and killed, Lu Ann was able to use her widow's benefits to further a number of important causes, including the natural environment and troubled teens.
Kindly Prof. Papagoras befriended Margo, Tommie and Lu Ann at the very beginning of their lives in Apt. 3-G. The three women have come to rely on his quiet wisdom and vast experience, regarding him as their unofficial "father." Though he never tries to intrude, too much, on their lives and affairs, he sometimes works for their benefit anonymously.