Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pelion Van Every - Genealogy in the Comics

I wonder how I am related to the fictional character, Pelion Van Every, from the classic comic strip, "The Heart of Juliet Jones." The below strip appeared on November 28, 1961. [Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch Archives]

I like how this comic suggests not all family stories are accurate.

It's impossible to know where the cartoonist came up with the surname Van Every. He may have known someone with the surname, or have borrowed it from the famous historical novelist and Hollywood screenwriter, Dale Van Every.

The character Pelion Van Every appears to have only been a part of the strip between November 1961 and February 1962. Juliet Jones is researching the history of the fictional town of Devon, and seeking descendants of co-founders Pelion and Dundee. She ultimately introduces Pelion Van Every to Dundee Greer. And, well, I don't want to spoil what happens next.

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