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Mike Manley to take over for Eduardo Barreto (UPDATED)
King Features Syndicate has made an official decision regarding Eduardo Barreto’s status as the artist for the Judge Parker strip. Eduardo, who had taken a temporary leave from the strip citing a medical condition, gave final word to KFS editor Brendan Burford that he will not be returning to the strip. Brendan has selected Mike Manley to take over as the permanent artist.
Mike is a comic book artist who co-created the Marvel Comics character Darkhawk and has worked on such titles as Batman, Quasar, Captain America, Marvel Universe, and The Power of Shazam! Mike’s work will begin March 15.
Woody Wilson, the writer for the Judge Parker and Rex Morgan, MD serials, says that he’s seen the first two weeks of Mike’s dailies and his first Sunday and that he was very impressed with Mike’s work.
“Mike has the same passion for the work and the strip as Eduardo,” Woody said. He noted that he anticipates over time Mike will make the strip his own as he gets a feel for the characters. “Making the strip his own will be a short curve,” Woody said.
You can check out some of Mike’s work from his blog.
UPDATE: I’ve heard from Brendan who passed along the following:
Beginning March 15th, Mike Manley will become the new permanent artist of the JUDGE PARKER strip. Mike’s work has great verve and panache, and we’re confident that his stunning compositions and slick line will win over the JUDGE PARKER readers. During his career in comics and animation, Mike has worked on great titles like BATMAN and SUPERMAN, and we feel fortunate that he’ll be filling the role of JUDGE PARKER artist – the readers are in for something special.
With Woody Wilson’s consistently compelling writing and Mike Manley’s attractive art, the strip will continue its known brand of excellence.