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Eduardo Barreto becomes new artist on Judge Parker

King Features has announced that Eduardo Barreto is the new artist for the classic serial feature “Judge Parker.”  Eduardo replaces Harold LeDoux who is retiring from the strip.

“Eduardo is the perfect choice to succeed my longtime friend and collaborator, Harold LeDoux. His professionalism and love of the art form will add a new chapter to one of America’s classic continuity strips. I know that the strip’s loyal readers will appreciate Eduardo’s work as much as I do,” says Judge Parker writer Woody Wilson.

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#1 Howard Roberts
June/6/2006
@ 10:00 pm

Eduardo Barreto will doing great on Judge Parker. And he says he was a fan of the Judge (and Harold LeDoux) when growing up. A great choice.

#2 Howard Roberts
June/6/2006
@ 4:00 pm

Eduardo Barreto will doing great on Judge Parker. And he says he was a fan of the Judge (and Harold LeDoux) when growing up. A great choice.

#3 Dan Mead
June/18/2006
@ 6:26 pm

Barreto’s drawing skils lack the clearer definition of LeDoux’s. Hope he can try harder to emulate the work of LeDoux. He suffers by comparison.

#4 Dan Mead
June/18/2006
@ 12:26 pm

Barreto’s drawing skils lack the clearer definition of LeDoux’s. Hope he can try harder to emulate the work of LeDoux. He suffers by comparison.

#5 Dr. David Kerr
July/20/2006
@ 12:35 pm

One can understand the desire to assert one’s individual style in whatever artistic endeavor–however, one of the things I really liked about Judge Parker was the detail in the drawing of the characters. To remove that detail and replace it with the washed out faces that are now in place takes the character from the strip, and I will not be reading it anymore unless the detail is replaced.

#6 Dr. David Kerr
July/20/2006
@ 6:35 am

One can understand the desire to assert one’s individual style in whatever artistic endeavor–however, one of the things I really liked about Judge Parker was the detail in the drawing of the characters. To remove that detail and replace it with the washed out faces that are now in place takes the character from the strip, and I will not be reading it anymore unless the detail is replaced.

#7 Dennis Sisneros
July/27/2006
@ 7:45 am

I am so happy with the direction the strip has
taken. I think Barreto is doing a wonderful job.
the expressions of the characters are stunning,
and its a refreshing change. I think its some
of the best artwork offered in the comic strip
market. Lets give this guy a chance! On another
note, I wish Mr. Wilson would go back to the roots
of “Judge Parker”, while I enjoy the Sam/Abby
characters, I would like to see more focus on
Judge Parker and Katherine. Bring back Ann, and
Jeep, and continue to write about Randy.

#8 Dennis Sisneros
July/27/2006
@ 1:45 am

I am so happy with the direction the strip has
taken. I think Barreto is doing a wonderful job.
the expressions of the characters are stunning,
and its a refreshing change. I think its some
of the best artwork offered in the comic strip
market. Lets give this guy a chance! On another
note, I wish Mr. Wilson would go back to the roots
of “Judge Parker”, while I enjoy the Sam/Abby
characters, I would like to see more focus on
Judge Parker and Katherine. Bring back Ann, and
Jeep, and continue to write about Randy.

#9 Clay Daniel
July/30/2006
@ 5:51 pm

I would have to agree with Dr. Kerr. The characters look so different, it’s hard to believe they are even the same “people”. Their facial expressions, their hairstyles, their overall appearance is completely changed. I read the comics only casually and occasionally, but I did enjoy relying on old favorites that remained the same for so many years. I suppose change must come, but couldn’t they have found a cartoonist who could at least come close to the original?

#10 Clay Daniel
July/30/2006
@ 11:51 am

I would have to agree with Dr. Kerr. The characters look so different, it’s hard to believe they are even the same “people”. Their facial expressions, their hairstyles, their overall appearance is completely changed. I read the comics only casually and occasionally, but I did enjoy relying on old favorites that remained the same for so many years. I suppose change must come, but couldn’t they have found a cartoonist who could at least come close to the original?

#11 John Hightower
August/6/2006
@ 3:23 pm

The drawing looks far more amateurish IMO, and is much harder to read overall. I consider this a huge step backwards. Too bad, because I liked the strip. I’ll probably not go on reading, or trying to read, it much longer.

This change is not for the better, IMO.

#12 John Hightower
August/6/2006
@ 9:23 am

The drawing looks far more amateurish IMO, and is much harder to read overall. I consider this a huge step backwards. Too bad, because I liked the strip. I’ll probably not go on reading, or trying to read, it much longer.

This change is not for the better, IMO.

#13 Verna Suit
August/6/2006
@ 4:00 pm

I can’t tell the difference between Sam and Randy anymore!!!! Please do something!!!!

#14 Verna Suit
August/6/2006
@ 10:00 am

I can’t tell the difference between Sam and Randy anymore!!!! Please do something!!!!

#15 Charles Patterson
August/19/2006
@ 4:18 pm

None of the characters look like they have for over 40 years, not even a little! The overall quality of the entire strip has decreased tremendously! Whereas the strip used to be detailed, it now appears to be “washed out” and the characters only vaguely outlined. Surely the new artist could have made the characters look something like the old ones.

#16 Charles Patterson
August/19/2006
@ 10:18 am

None of the characters look like they have for over 40 years, not even a little! The overall quality of the entire strip has decreased tremendously! Whereas the strip used to be detailed, it now appears to be “washed out” and the characters only vaguely outlined. Surely the new artist could have made the characters look something like the old ones.

#17 Barbara Coleman
October/27/2006
@ 2:18 am

We do not like the recent changes to the comic strip. Sophie has lost years: she seemed to be a precocious 13 year-old; now looks like a 10 year-old. The women were different in the past, but too much alike now. Please return to the former artwork.The change of artists is very disappointing, especially since the new artwork is not the quality of the old.

#18 Barbara Coleman
October/26/2006
@ 8:18 pm

We do not like the recent changes to the comic strip. Sophie has lost years: she seemed to be a precocious 13 year-old; now looks like a 10 year-old. The women were different in the past, but too much alike now. Please return to the former artwork.The change of artists is very disappointing, especially since the new artwork is not the quality of the old.

#19 Jeff
October/30/2006
@ 10:17 pm

They can’t return to the old artwork as the artist retired. I’ve seen some things to dislike, but I’ve also seen things to like as well, but there’s inconsistency suggesting the new artist isn’t quite comfortable with it yet. The major advantage is that the new art is contemporary, and should draw more attention to the strip.

#20 Garry
November/12/2006
@ 5:10 pm

I first noticed the change in the artwork of “Judge Parker” with the introduction of the “Raju” character storyline. I thought, at first, the change was temporary, to emphasis the non-american aspect of the character’s story. Alas, the change seems permanent. Gone are the luscious, feminine-enhancing lines of the female characters. The new “Neddy” no longer captivates with her “young Natalie Wood” beauty – her panels are now simply frames for the progression of the storyline. Additionally, it’s as if the new artist has never heard of cross-hatching to define the shape and depth of the panel’s features (or, more importantly, to establish its mood). Most disappointingly, missing also are the delicate, panel-background line drawings of distant fir and pine trees, with the ever-present birds on the wing. Clouds no longer chase across the face of the full moon. Those were always my favorite panels, and I looked forward to seeing at least one each Sunday. The strip’s depth and lyricism have been replaced with simplistic block-print art. So sad to see.

#21 Garry
November/12/2006
@ 10:10 am

I first noticed the change in the artwork of “Judge Parker” with the introduction of the “Raju” character storyline. I thought, at first, the change was temporary, to emphasis the non-american aspect of the character’s story. Alas, the change seems permanent. Gone are the luscious, feminine-enhancing lines of the female characters. The new “Neddy” no longer captivates with her “young Natalie Wood” beauty – her panels are now simply frames for the progression of the storyline. Additionally, it’s as if the new artist has never heard of cross-hatching to define the shape and depth of the panel’s features (or, more importantly, to establish its mood). Most disappointingly, missing also are the delicate, panel-background line drawings of distant fir and pine trees, with the ever-present birds on the wing. Clouds no longer chase across the face of the full moon. Those were always my favorite panels, and I looked forward to seeing at least one each Sunday. The strip’s depth and lyricism have been replaced with simplistic block-print art. So sad to see.

#22 Pam Clarke
December/20/2006
@ 4:32 pm

It would be helpful if the characters wore name tags. I often cannot make sense of the story line because I can’t figure who is saying what. The characters look too much alike and each character seems to change day to day. I generally read all the comics but am getting less willing to look at Judge Parker.

#23 Pam Clarke
December/20/2006
@ 9:32 am

It would be helpful if the characters wore name tags. I often cannot make sense of the story line because I can’t figure who is saying what. The characters look too much alike and each character seems to change day to day. I generally read all the comics but am getting less willing to look at Judge Parker.

#24 Becky Reser
December/21/2006
@ 2:51 pm

I did not even recognize the characters in the strip from 12/21/2006 as Neddy and Marie. At least make the characters look the same from day to day. I would hate to quit reading the strip because I can no longer recognize the people in it.

#25 Becky Reser
December/21/2006
@ 7:51 am

I did not even recognize the characters in the strip from 12/21/2006 as Neddy and Marie. At least make the characters look the same from day to day. I would hate to quit reading the strip because I can no longer recognize the people in it.

#26 Donna Neal
December/21/2006
@ 10:53 pm

I yearn for the old faces of Abby, Sam & Neddy.
This artist SUCKS!!! I won’t be reading this strip much longer. Pity. I wonder how many other people feel as we all do?? Please bring back the old look!!

#27 Donna Neal
December/21/2006
@ 3:53 pm

I yearn for the old faces of Abby, Sam & Neddy.
This artist SUCKS!!! I won’t be reading this strip much longer. Pity. I wonder how many other people feel as we all do?? Please bring back the old look!!

#28 Tracy PIke
December/22/2006
@ 4:01 am

What the heck? The change in illustration is too abrupt & drastic. You just don’t do that to a storyline that’s been faithfully read on a daily basis by so many people. It’s like hiring new actors to play the same parts for a movie sequel. It just doesn’t work. You would think that whoever’s responsible would have had enough sense to gradually make the changes to the characters’ appearances. Geesh!

#29 Tracy PIke
December/21/2006
@ 9:01 pm

What the heck? The change in illustration is too abrupt & drastic. You just don’t do that to a storyline that’s been faithfully read on a daily basis by so many people. It’s like hiring new actors to play the same parts for a movie sequel. It just doesn’t work. You would think that whoever’s responsible would have had enough sense to gradually make the changes to the characters’ appearances. Geesh!

#30 Carl Kevlin
December/22/2006
@ 10:13 pm

I like many others find it disheartening to try
to relate to the new characteristic features of
Randy, Sam, Abbey or Ned. When I read Blondie,Mark
Trail, Garfield, or Beetle Bailey, you know them
immediately. I have no idea whos who at first glance in JP. Unfortunately, I won’t be reading it anymore, or until some positive changes are made.

#31 Carl Kevlin
December/22/2006
@ 3:13 pm

I like many others find it disheartening to try
to relate to the new characteristic features of
Randy, Sam, Abbey or Ned. When I read Blondie,Mark
Trail, Garfield, or Beetle Bailey, you know them
immediately. I have no idea whos who at first glance in JP. Unfortunately, I won’t be reading it anymore, or until some positive changes are made.

#32 Mike VanderTook
December/23/2006
@ 1:13 pm

At first I was confused, now I am just disappointed in the total “rework” of the characters. I have been a faithful reader of Judge Parker for over 30 years, but alas I fear, no more.

#33 Mike VanderTook
December/23/2006
@ 6:13 am

At first I was confused, now I am just disappointed in the total “rework” of the characters. I have been a faithful reader of Judge Parker for over 30 years, but alas I fear, no more.

#34 Adrianne Truett
December/23/2006
@ 2:08 pm

I found this site after looking to see what was going on — I didn’t recognize the characters at all, and they all seem to have dropped about 10 years (even the kids look much younger) and become Marvellized. Gradual changes over time are one thing (Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, etc.), and are even possible when the artist changes (Gasoline Alley) — and some artists are capable enough to mimic the style of the original. Sudden changes are another.

#35 Adrianne Truett
December/23/2006
@ 7:08 am

I found this site after looking to see what was going on — I didn’t recognize the characters at all, and they all seem to have dropped about 10 years (even the kids look much younger) and become Marvellized. Gradual changes over time are one thing (Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, etc.), and are even possible when the artist changes (Gasoline Alley) — and some artists are capable enough to mimic the style of the original. Sudden changes are another.

#36 Dr. Michael Dale
December/23/2006
@ 5:19 pm

Today I finally went online to try to find out what happened to “Judge Parker”.
I usually read the strip 2-3 times per week to keep up with the story line but have been out of the country.
Hey, I’m no artist….but I can do better than this guy!
It took 2 days for me to figure out who abbey was! Then today I caught my first glimpse of Neddy…WHAT? I confess, I’m almost 50, but she’s a cutie! At least she used to be! Now she looks like…I don’t know what!

I’ll find another comic strip.

let me know when you get another artist.

#37 Dr. Michael Dale
December/23/2006
@ 10:19 am

Today I finally went online to try to find out what happened to “Judge Parker”.
I usually read the strip 2-3 times per week to keep up with the story line but have been out of the country.
Hey, I’m no artist….but I can do better than this guy!
It took 2 days for me to figure out who abbey was! Then today I caught my first glimpse of Neddy…WHAT? I confess, I’m almost 50, but she’s a cutie! At least she used to be! Now she looks like…I don’t know what!

I’ll find another comic strip.

let me know when you get another artist.

#38 John Hill
December/23/2006
@ 11:32 pm

One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed this strip through out the years was because of the rich art work. This new guy sucks.

#39 John Hill
December/23/2006
@ 4:32 pm

One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed this strip through out the years was because of the rich art work. This new guy sucks.

#40 Ruth Sherrer
December/24/2006
@ 1:29 am

I see by the comments that I am not the only one disappointed in the new artwork on Judge Parker. Since when has Marie become a freckle faced twenty year old? She’s been the maid for Abby forever! Don’t mess with the looks of the characters, please! I will have to discontinue reading this comic if it doesn’t improve.

#41 Ruth Sherrer
December/23/2006
@ 6:29 pm

I see by the comments that I am not the only one disappointed in the new artwork on Judge Parker. Since when has Marie become a freckle faced twenty year old? She’s been the maid for Abby forever! Don’t mess with the looks of the characters, please! I will have to discontinue reading this comic if it doesn’t improve.

#42 D. D. Degg
December/24/2006
@ 3:33 am

Thirty years ago, even twenty years ago I would have agreed with all the LeDoux fans; but after doing the strip for forty years it looked to me that LeDoux was phoning it in – doing it by rote.
I was really enjoying Barreto’s new look.
Unfortunately someone has been ghosting the art over Barreto’s signature the last few weeks. I am hoping Barreto returns soon.

#43 D. D. Degg
December/23/2006
@ 8:33 pm

Thirty years ago, even twenty years ago I would have agreed with all the LeDoux fans; but after doing the strip for forty years it looked to me that LeDoux was phoning it in – doing it by rote.
I was really enjoying Barreto’s new look.
Unfortunately someone has been ghosting the art over Barreto’s signature the last few weeks. I am hoping Barreto returns soon.

#44 Mary L
December/24/2006
@ 5:14 am

Who are these people? I have read Judge Parker for years, and don’t recognize anyone anymore. I don’t even like to read it anymore because I’m not sure who’s who, and it’s confusing! The new artist is atrocious, and it’s getting worse. Marie doesn’t look a thing like she used to, nobody does.. didn’t this guy even take a look at previous strips before drawing????

#45 Mary L
December/23/2006
@ 10:14 pm

Who are these people? I have read Judge Parker for years, and don’t recognize anyone anymore. I don’t even like to read it anymore because I’m not sure who’s who, and it’s confusing! The new artist is atrocious, and it’s getting worse. Marie doesn’t look a thing like she used to, nobody does.. didn’t this guy even take a look at previous strips before drawing????

#46 Don Marion
December/26/2006
@ 3:51 pm

I have been reading Judge Parker faithfully for years, and I hate the new look of the characters. As others have mentioned here, I don’t recognize these old friends anymore. It’s ruined a long-time favorite strip for me.

#47 Don Marion
December/26/2006
@ 8:51 am

I have been reading Judge Parker faithfully for years, and I hate the new look of the characters. As others have mentioned here, I don’t recognize these old friends anymore. It’s ruined a long-time favorite strip for me.

#48 Barbara Durrell
December/26/2006
@ 8:16 pm

I’m having a difficult time reading one of my old favorites. The characters don’t even look like the old ones – everyone looks like a teenager! Please, let’s show at least a little respect to the identity given these characters by Mr. LeDoux. I want the old look back or at least a close resemblance.

#49 Barbara Durrell
December/26/2006
@ 1:16 pm

I’m having a difficult time reading one of my old favorites. The characters don’t even look like the old ones – everyone looks like a teenager! Please, let’s show at least a little respect to the identity given these characters by Mr. LeDoux. I want the old look back or at least a close resemblance.

#50 Dr. Terry Singleton
December/27/2006
@ 2:24 am

Alas, King Features seems to have joined the job out-sourcing bandwagon – so Uruguay is the new Bangaolore? I only hope the new artwork came at half-price. Not to be unkind, but it is amateurish at best. From the comments above, I’d say it’s about unanimous – it’s time for a new artist.

#51 Dr. Terry Singleton
December/26/2006
@ 7:24 pm

Alas, King Features seems to have joined the job out-sourcing bandwagon – so Uruguay is the new Bangaolore? I only hope the new artwork came at half-price. Not to be unkind, but it is amateurish at best. From the comments above, I’d say it’s about unanimous – it’s time for a new artist.

#52 Harlean Mandel
December/28/2006
@ 6:34 am

Judge Parker has been my favorite comic for 54 years. Yes, I remember when it began in 1952…
and I thank Harold LeDoux for the wonderfully drawn characters that became so dear to me. He deserves a happy retirement…but he cannot be replaced, as evidenced by Eduardo Barreto’s poor attempt. Sorry, guys…you have lost one of your most faithful fans!

#53 Harlean Mandel
December/27/2006
@ 11:34 pm

Judge Parker has been my favorite comic for 54 years. Yes, I remember when it began in 1952…
and I thank Harold LeDoux for the wonderfully drawn characters that became so dear to me. He deserves a happy retirement…but he cannot be replaced, as evidenced by Eduardo Barreto’s poor attempt. Sorry, guys…you have lost one of your most faithful fans!

#54 Roger Emerick
December/28/2006
@ 1:55 pm

I’ve read Judge Parker every day for many years. I agree with the others who disapprove of the new artwork. I have unsuccessfully tried to accustom myself to the ‘new appearance’. I don’t understand why no attempt was made to maintain character appearance continuity as a requisite for a successful comic strip. The artwork is poor and bears absolutely no resemblence to the characters who are the comic strip. Until there is a reclamation of the artwork, I will not only not read it, but will soon recommend our newspaper no longer carry it. Sorry.

#55 Roger Emerick
December/28/2006
@ 6:55 am

I’ve read Judge Parker every day for many years. I agree with the others who disapprove of the new artwork. I have unsuccessfully tried to accustom myself to the ‘new appearance’. I don’t understand why no attempt was made to maintain character appearance continuity as a requisite for a successful comic strip. The artwork is poor and bears absolutely no resemblence to the characters who are the comic strip. Until there is a reclamation of the artwork, I will not only not read it, but will soon recommend our newspaper no longer carry it. Sorry.

#56 Roger Emerick
December/28/2006
@ 2:45 pm

Problem solved? I complained to Woody Wilson about the artwork changes. Here is his reply: ” Hi, Roger:
In April of this year, we changed artists on Judge Parker when Harold LeDoux retired after drawing the strip for 52 years. However, the new artist, Eduardo Barreto, although a fine and notable artist, has had transitional problems. Eduardo lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and recently had some serious medical issues. He was in a near fatal car accident in November and disappeared from the radar. We located him in the hospital through our American embassy in Uruguay. We found a temporary replacement (which is why the artwork now appears so “erratic”) and met our deadlines. However, Eduardo is out of the hospital now and back to work. Please bear with us…things will get much better in late January.
Thanks for your interest. And Happy Holidays to you.

#57 Roger Emerick
December/28/2006
@ 7:45 am

Problem solved? I complained to Woody Wilson about the artwork changes. Here is his reply: ” Hi, Roger:
In April of this year, we changed artists on Judge Parker when Harold LeDoux retired after drawing the strip for 52 years. However, the new artist, Eduardo Barreto, although a fine and notable artist, has had transitional problems. Eduardo lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and recently had some serious medical issues. He was in a near fatal car accident in November and disappeared from the radar. We located him in the hospital through our American embassy in Uruguay. We found a temporary replacement (which is why the artwork now appears so “erratic”) and met our deadlines. However, Eduardo is out of the hospital now and back to work. Please bear with us…things will get much better in late January.
Thanks for your interest. And Happy Holidays to you.

#58 Jack Peterson
December/28/2006
@ 4:52 pm

Terrible. Mr. Barreto took the warmth and depth of the characters, and made them almost stick-figures in comparison. He has Abbey looking like a Hollywood bimbo; Neddy went from a maturing, young lady to looking 14; Sophie now looks like she’s 5. While I hope Eduardo recovers from the accident reported by Mr. Emerick he should not continue with this strip.

#59 Jack Peterson
December/28/2006
@ 9:52 am

Terrible. Mr. Barreto took the warmth and depth of the characters, and made them almost stick-figures in comparison. He has Abbey looking like a Hollywood bimbo; Neddy went from a maturing, young lady to looking 14; Sophie now looks like she’s 5. While I hope Eduardo recovers from the accident reported by Mr. Emerick he should not continue with this strip.

#60 Barbara Miller
December/29/2006
@ 5:36 am

I must agree with the majority of comments. The new artist probably would be well received on his own but to pick up an established comic strip and make such drastic changes is not a good idea. I have read the strip for 20+ years and would never have guessed the lady appearing recently was Maria. Not to mention I could not distinquish the male characters during the election episodes. I am very disappointed and now just breeze over the strip – even though the story line was always interesting.

#61 Barbara Miller
December/28/2006
@ 10:36 pm

I must agree with the majority of comments. The new artist probably would be well received on his own but to pick up an established comic strip and make such drastic changes is not a good idea. I have read the strip for 20+ years and would never have guessed the lady appearing recently was Maria. Not to mention I could not distinquish the male characters during the election episodes. I am very disappointed and now just breeze over the strip – even though the story line was always interesting.

#62 douglas stanford
December/29/2006
@ 6:44 pm

I agree with the almost unanimous judgment that the recent artwork is abysmal. The style is so amateurish and dissonant with what we’ve been enjoying over the years that its made the strip repugnant to look at and distracting from the storyline.

#63 douglas stanford
December/29/2006
@ 11:44 am

I agree with the almost unanimous judgment that the recent artwork is abysmal. The style is so amateurish and dissonant with what we’ve been enjoying over the years that its made the strip repugnant to look at and distracting from the storyline.

#64 Alan Gardner
December/29/2006
@ 6:50 pm

After reading Edward’s post above, I contacted Woody myself to get more information on what was going on. I’ve posted a new blog entry regarding the details which can be read here.

#65 Alan Gardner
December/29/2006
@ 11:50 am

After reading Edward’s post above, I contacted Woody myself to get more information on what was going on. I’ve posted a new blog entry regarding the details which can be read here.

#66 Tommy Austin
December/30/2006
@ 6:35 pm

To those who have been complaining about the change in art styles in Judge Parker, since Harold LeDoux retired, I have three words for you:

GET OVER IT!

I LOVED LeDoux’s style over the years. But, I wholeheartedly welcomed Barreto’s style, after seeing what he had done in comic books (The Shadow, Batman, Daredevil, etc). I think Eduardo was coming into his own with the characters and had done a great job them. The guy draws a great looking woman.

Now, what happened to Barreto is extremely unfortunate. I hope he has recovered and that he can remain with Judge Parker for a long time. BUT, if he can’t, I would hope the syndicate could find someone a little more capable of drawing the characters with some respect to the past (LeDoux). Heebink, nice guy, very good artist. But, after two weeks, not really doing his homework and how the characters should’ve been drawn. His first week, the week of 12-18, he butchered Abbey Spencer and Marie, the maid. This week is a little better. Let’s hope his next two weeks improves until we get Eduardo Barreto’s return.

Patience is a virtue. Cut Woody Wison some slack, he has to have been in some serious stress mode the last few months. I am sure he has too much respect for the strip to not make sure it gets the proper treatment.

#67 Tommy Austin
December/30/2006
@ 11:35 am

To those who have been complaining about the change in art styles in Judge Parker, since Harold LeDoux retired, I have three words for you:

GET OVER IT!

I LOVED LeDoux’s style over the years. But, I wholeheartedly welcomed Barreto’s style, after seeing what he had done in comic books (The Shadow, Batman, Daredevil, etc). I think Eduardo was coming into his own with the characters and had done a great job them. The guy draws a great looking woman.

Now, what happened to Barreto is extremely unfortunate. I hope he has recovered and that he can remain with Judge Parker for a long time. BUT, if he can’t, I would hope the syndicate could find someone a little more capable of drawing the characters with some respect to the past (LeDoux). Heebink, nice guy, very good artist. But, after two weeks, not really doing his homework and how the characters should’ve been drawn. His first week, the week of 12-18, he butchered Abbey Spencer and Marie, the maid. This week is a little better. Let’s hope his next two weeks improves until we get Eduardo Barreto’s return.

Patience is a virtue. Cut Woody Wison some slack, he has to have been in some serious stress mode the last few months. I am sure he has too much respect for the strip to not make sure it gets the proper treatment.

#68 Mark Hagner
December/31/2006
@ 2:44 pm

Times change, artist retire and the someone has to take over. While I will not stop reading the comic and wonder why someone will announce that they will stop reading after many years. I like the characters too much. I will say one thing. Why did Neddy change from a young woman to a child that looks like a Les Mis poster.

#69 Mark Hagner
December/31/2006
@ 7:44 am

Times change, artist retire and the someone has to take over. While I will not stop reading the comic and wonder why someone will announce that they will stop reading after many years. I like the characters too much. I will say one thing. Why did Neddy change from a young woman to a child that looks like a Les Mis poster.

#70 Brenda Mason
December/31/2006
@ 7:16 pm

I hope this temporary “artist” is replaced soon. I DETEST his rendering of our cast of characters. If Mr. Barreto isn’t able to return to work soon, a new artist, who is able and willing to replicate the established characters, should be hired.

#71 Brenda Mason
December/31/2006
@ 12:16 pm

I hope this temporary “artist” is replaced soon. I DETEST his rendering of our cast of characters. If Mr. Barreto isn’t able to return to work soon, a new artist, who is able and willing to replicate the established characters, should be hired.

#72 Tommy Austin
January/1/2007
@ 12:07 am

Today’s strip, Sunday, December 31st was done by Eduardo Barreto.

The dailies for the last two weeks, and the next two weeks are being done by John Heebink.

My guess Heebink does that few Sundays, before Barreto is back on the board.

#73 Tommy Austin
December/31/2006
@ 5:07 pm

Today’s strip, Sunday, December 31st was done by Eduardo Barreto.

The dailies for the last two weeks, and the next two weeks are being done by John Heebink.

My guess Heebink does that few Sundays, before Barreto is back on the board.

#74 Bruce Henderson
January/1/2007
@ 6:08 pm

The new look is fatally bad. The characters look and appeal is as important as the story line. The appearance of the Neddy and Sophie does not even come close to their story ages. Sam is ugly. IF the look does not return to the base line then I cannot read this much longer. I am sickened by the loss of one of my favorite strips.

#75 Bruce Henderson
January/1/2007
@ 11:08 am

The new look is fatally bad. The characters look and appeal is as important as the story line. The appearance of the Neddy and Sophie does not even come close to their story ages. Sam is ugly. IF the look does not return to the base line then I cannot read this much longer. I am sickened by the loss of one of my favorite strips.

#76 Paula Gay
January/1/2007
@ 11:26 pm

I breathed a sigh of relief Sunday when the artwork changed back, only to find the awful artwork back again today. The look of the characters is so bad that I finally searched to see what was going on, and found this site.

Barreto does a fine job. Heebrink makes the characters look downright ugly. While I understand that a temporary substitute had to be found while Barreto recovers, surely there was someone out there who could do better?

#77 Paula Gay
January/1/2007
@ 4:26 pm

I breathed a sigh of relief Sunday when the artwork changed back, only to find the awful artwork back again today. The look of the characters is so bad that I finally searched to see what was going on, and found this site.

Barreto does a fine job. Heebrink makes the characters look downright ugly. While I understand that a temporary substitute had to be found while Barreto recovers, surely there was someone out there who could do better?

#78 Brent B
January/2/2007
@ 8:13 am

I thought I was the only one who noticed, until I did a Google search and found this page. You know, I think little Jeffy Keane does a better job of filling in on holidays for his dad in Family Circus than this new guy does on Judge Parker. I wonder if he also uses crayons?

#79 Brent B
January/2/2007
@ 1:13 am

I thought I was the only one who noticed, until I did a Google search and found this page. You know, I think little Jeffy Keane does a better job of filling in on holidays for his dad in Family Circus than this new guy does on Judge Parker. I wonder if he also uses crayons?

#80 Chris N
January/2/2007
@ 3:13 pm

What a relief to find this website and realize that I am not the only one to have noticed the drastic change in art style. Also, that I am not the only one who is disappointed with the change in quality. I didn’t even recognize the character Marie at all.

#81 Chris N
January/2/2007
@ 8:13 am

What a relief to find this website and realize that I am not the only one to have noticed the drastic change in art style. Also, that I am not the only one who is disappointed with the change in quality. I didn’t even recognize the character Marie at all.

#82 susan m
January/5/2007
@ 12:23 pm

The art work is terrible. It distracts from the story line. Todays strip is particulary bad (1/5/07)

#83 susan m
January/5/2007
@ 5:23 am

The art work is terrible. It distracts from the story line. Todays strip is particulary bad (1/5/07)

#84 Pat S
January/7/2007
@ 11:23 pm

I also am glad that I found this website. Judge Parker has always been one of my favorite comics. But, the new artist has completely changed the personalities of the characters with his drawings. I hope that a new artist is found so that we can relate to the characters again.

#85 Pat S
January/7/2007
@ 4:23 pm

I also am glad that I found this website. Judge Parker has always been one of my favorite comics. But, the new artist has completely changed the personalities of the characters with his drawings. I hope that a new artist is found so that we can relate to the characters again.

#86 Tommy Austin
January/15/2007
@ 5:24 am

Looks like Eduardo makes his return with the January 15th daily strip of Judge Parker.

Cool. Glad he is back on it.

#87 Tommy Austin
January/14/2007
@ 10:24 pm

Looks like Eduardo makes his return with the January 15th daily strip of Judge Parker.

Cool. Glad he is back on it.

#88 Cindermain
January/17/2007
@ 2:32 am

I’m loving Eduardo Barreto’s work on Judge Parker!

No disrespect to Harold LeDoux, but I am really enjoying Eduardo’s take on these characters. His style is perfect for this, he gives the strip a more modern look and feel while still staying true to the source material. Excellent stuff!

Then again, it’s nice to see more of Eduardo’s work in print, IMHO. He has always been one of my favorite illustrators.

In fact, King Features has been doing a great job on recruiting artistic talent. With comic book pros like Gray Morrow on Tarzan, Paul Ryan on the Phantom, Graham Nolan on Rex Morgan M.D., Gary Gianni on Prince Valiant, and now Eduardo Barreto on Judge Parker, I’d have to say King Features has a rather formidable art department at the moment.

#89 Cindermain
January/16/2007
@ 7:32 pm

I’m loving Eduardo Barreto’s work on Judge Parker!

No disrespect to Harold LeDoux, but I am really enjoying Eduardo’s take on these characters. His style is perfect for this, he gives the strip a more modern look and feel while still staying true to the source material. Excellent stuff!

Then again, it’s nice to see more of Eduardo’s work in print, IMHO. He has always been one of my favorite illustrators.

In fact, King Features has been doing a great job on recruiting artistic talent. With comic book pros like Gray Morrow on Tarzan, Paul Ryan on the Phantom, Graham Nolan on Rex Morgan M.D., Gary Gianni on Prince Valiant, and now Eduardo Barreto on Judge Parker, I’d have to say King Features has a rather formidable art department at the moment.

#90 Tommy Austin
January/17/2007
@ 4:40 am

I would have to agree with Cinderman.

One exception being John Heebink’s fill-in stint on Judge Parker from mid-December to mid-January of 2007.

Heebink tried, but failed to capture what LeDoux and Barreto had done/were/now doing with Judge Parker.

I do agree, Barreto will hopefully take Judge Parker characters to new depths. Eduardo draws a great look woman. He does Abbey Spencer justice. No pun intended.

#91 Tommy Austin
January/16/2007
@ 9:40 pm

I would have to agree with Cinderman.

One exception being John Heebink’s fill-in stint on Judge Parker from mid-December to mid-January of 2007.

Heebink tried, but failed to capture what LeDoux and Barreto had done/were/now doing with Judge Parker.

I do agree, Barreto will hopefully take Judge Parker characters to new depths. Eduardo draws a great look woman. He does Abbey Spencer justice. No pun intended.

#92 Bob Armstrong
June/28/2007
@ 9:13 pm

These comments are directed at the current story line in “Judge Parker.”

I make these comments from the perspective of a retiree who has no serious financial issues and who is comfortable with his living standard.

Jealousy of the wealthy is not a motivating factor in this statement.

Furthermore, I realize the following opinions may not generally represent those of most of your other readers. But, there may be more agreement from other readers than we think.

I have been reading “Judge Parker” from its inception.

It seems to me the strip has metamorphosed into a story line about the wealthy.

Recently, Sophie was made to say, “Isn’t it wonderful being rich?”

Abbey recently paid–I believe–2 l/2 million for a mansion in France, being so wealthy she did not even find it necessary to consult with her husband who was back here in the states before she made this purchase. How many of us can relate to that?

This strip has recently been an on-going story line about financial decisions and pecuniary matters which seem to have replaced the long history of plots to which we can all relate.

I feel that you will disconnect from and lose many of your daily readers if this continues. We are in an age where jobs for the middle class are becoming more difficult to find and to hold, wages–adjusted for inflation–are down. outsourcing is taking many jobs.

Many moms and dads have to work two jobs to maintain a good life style, or just to get by. Foreclosures are up.

Can you please consider these matters and determine if there is not at least a grain of truth in what I say?

I have seen a number of humorous comic strips go from very good at inception only to reach a point after a number of years where the writer seems to run out of ideas, and the strip is no longer consistently funny. I no longer read those.

I realize your objective is not humor, but the point is folks change what they read when the product goes downhill.

Thank you for considering these remarks.

Whatever it takes to accomplish this, I wish “Judge Parker” many more years of success.

#93 Bob Armstrong
June/28/2007
@ 3:13 pm

These comments are directed at the current story line in “Judge Parker.”

I make these comments from the perspective of a retiree who has no serious financial issues and who is comfortable with his living standard.

Jealousy of the wealthy is not a motivating factor in this statement.

Furthermore, I realize the following opinions may not generally represent those of most of your other readers. But, there may be more agreement from other readers than we think.

I have been reading “Judge Parker” from its inception.

It seems to me the strip has metamorphosed into a story line about the wealthy.

Recently, Sophie was made to say, “Isn’t it wonderful being rich?”

Abbey recently paid–I believe–2 l/2 million for a mansion in France, being so wealthy she did not even find it necessary to consult with her husband who was back here in the states before she made this purchase. How many of us can relate to that?

This strip has recently been an on-going story line about financial decisions and pecuniary matters which seem to have replaced the long history of plots to which we can all relate.

I feel that you will disconnect from and lose many of your daily readers if this continues. We are in an age where jobs for the middle class are becoming more difficult to find and to hold, wages–adjusted for inflation–are down. outsourcing is taking many jobs.

Many moms and dads have to work two jobs to maintain a good life style, or just to get by. Foreclosures are up.

Can you please consider these matters and determine if there is not at least a grain of truth in what I say?

I have seen a number of humorous comic strips go from very good at inception only to reach a point after a number of years where the writer seems to run out of ideas, and the strip is no longer consistently funny. I no longer read those.

I realize your objective is not humor, but the point is folks change what they read when the product goes downhill.

Thank you for considering these remarks.

Whatever it takes to accomplish this, I wish “Judge Parker” many more years of success.

#94 Ed Talley
August/12/2007
@ 2:24 pm

I finally went to this list of reader comments
to see if anyone else agreed with me. Since I am an artist also, ( pen and ink ) plus I’ve had sme experience with cartoons, I feel I can comment a little here. Yes, I too have pretty much given up reading Judge Parker. The replacement artwork is pretty shabby and in no way comes close to comparing to the originals, which is unfortunately
not surprising.

#95 Ed Talley
August/12/2007
@ 8:24 am

I finally went to this list of reader comments
to see if anyone else agreed with me. Since I am an artist also, ( pen and ink ) plus I’ve had sme experience with cartoons, I feel I can comment a little here. Yes, I too have pretty much given up reading Judge Parker. The replacement artwork is pretty shabby and in no way comes close to comparing to the originals, which is unfortunately
not surprising.

#96 Tommy Austin
September/3/2007
@ 4:55 am

Dude, really?? As much as I dug Harold LeDoux’s work all these years, Eduardo Barreto is more than doing Judge Parker justice right now. No pun intended.

To each his own. LeDoux is to be commended for all his years of talent (since the beginning, which was in 1952 as Heilman’s assistant), but Barreto is taking the Judge into the modern day. I hope he stays on Judge Parker for a long time.

#97 Tommy Austin
September/2/2007
@ 10:55 pm

Dude, really?? As much as I dug Harold LeDoux’s work all these years, Eduardo Barreto is more than doing Judge Parker justice right now. No pun intended.

To each his own. LeDoux is to be commended for all his years of talent (since the beginning, which was in 1952 as Heilman’s assistant), but Barreto is taking the Judge into the modern day. I hope he stays on Judge Parker for a long time.

#98 J Daffron
October/8/2007
@ 11:05 am

I, for one, am enjoying the current storyline. However, when is Barreto going to update Sophie? This is supposed to be a young teenage girl. He’s got her dressed like she’s still 8 years old. I’m the mother of a teenage girl and believe me, no girl, even the so-called “geeks” dress like they’re still in elementrary school. To Barreto: You’ve updated the look of the rest of the characters, now follow through and finish it. Besides, she can be a brain AND hip too.

#99 J Daffron
October/8/2007
@ 5:05 am

I, for one, am enjoying the current storyline. However, when is Barreto going to update Sophie? This is supposed to be a young teenage girl. He’s got her dressed like she’s still 8 years old. I’m the mother of a teenage girl and believe me, no girl, even the so-called “geeks” dress like they’re still in elementrary school. To Barreto: You’ve updated the look of the rest of the characters, now follow through and finish it. Besides, she can be a brain AND hip too.

#100 Marc Chase
December/18/2007
@ 2:10 pm

Last week, it appeared Sophie was “aged” by Barreto

Link: http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20071214&name=Judge_Parker

#101 Marc Chase
December/18/2007
@ 7:10 am

Last week, it appeared Sophie was “aged” by Barreto

Link: http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20071214&name=Judge_Parker

#102 Bill Ford
July/28/2008
@ 6:37 am

Why is it that the artist Eduardo Barreto displays Abby as a 19 year old female with only one rigid self image; a sexually charged creature who must wear tight fitting, anatomy revealing, Brittany Spears type clothing ? Abby’s new image is that of a immature going on forty year old women, whose only desire in life is to display her navel, buttocks and cleavage with poses that one usually finds on magazine covers at the supermarket check out line. The two adopted daughters have more emotional maturity and common sense and strong concept of what makes a modern women of the world than the adult trollop that Sam is married to
Are we now all part of the hedonistic sex crazed culture that bombards young ladies and boys with the image of the scantly clad female as the ideal form of being NOW ? I know that this message will be as one rain drop on a sheet of tefflon.

#103 Mark McComas
June/11/2009
@ 8:40 am

Barreto is a great improvement over LeDoux. LeDoux’s art was precise, but flat. Cardboard cutouts is the phrase that comes to mind. Barreto understands depth, lighting and camera angles much better than LeDoux ever did. His mastery of brush pressure and contouring of the figures is classic. Yay.

#104 Greige Leider
February/22/2010
@ 10:27 pm

Barreto is ill and now we have another change that is really for the worse.

Get another artist soon, or you’ll regret it……….oh maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow………but soon and for the rest of this comic strip’s life.

#105 Greige Leider
February/22/2010
@ 4:27 pm

Barreto is ill and now we have another change that is really for the worse.

Get another artist soon, or you’ll regret it……….oh maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow………but soon and for the rest of this comic strip’s life.

#106 sonoflight
March/29/2010
@ 3:11 pm

You know, the people who run this strip appear to have sold their soul to the devil. This is along with the rest of the world in the falling away, 2 THESS 2:3. I have noticed as of very late that they have taken a decided turn toward enabling the breaking of God’s commandments, judgements, statutes, and ordinances. Amen

#107 sonoflight
March/29/2010
@ 9:11 am

You know, the people who run this strip appear to have sold their soul to the devil. This is along with the rest of the world in the falling away, 2 THESS 2:3. I have noticed as of very late that they have taken a decided turn toward enabling the breaking of God’s commandments, judgements, statutes, and ordinances. Amen

#108 Eduardo Barreto passes at age 57 The Daily Cartoonist
December/16/2011
@ 9:39 am

[…] the former artist for the Judge Parker serial comic strip has passed away at the age of 57. He took over Judge Parker from Harold LeDoux in 2006 but had to end his association with the strip in 2010 after contracting meningitis. Previous to […]

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