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Comic Strip / Apartment 3-G

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Left to right - Lu Ann, Tommie and Margo.
Apartment 3-G was a newspaper comic about three women living in the same apartment in Manhattan. They were the brassy and aggressive Margo Magee, the sunny and innocent war widow Lu Ann Powers, and the quiet and hardworking nurse Abigail "Tommie" Thompson.

Created by Nicholas P. Dallis in 1961, the strip ceased publication in November 2015. During its final years, it was written by Six Chix cartoonist Margaret Shulock and drawn by Frank Bolle.


  • Art Evolution: An uncommon negative example—compare the vastly superior art of an early comic drawn by the unmatched Alex Kotzky, artist for most of the strip's run, to one made closer to the time that the strip was canceled. Artist Frank Bolle's considerable skills were eroding due to age and poor health.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lu Ann, Margo, and Tommie, respectively.
  • Cut Short: The strip ends in a halfway appropriate comment about moving on, but with no other indication that the strip is actually over and with other plotlines still in progress.
  • Drop-In Character: Older male neighbor Professor Ari Papagoras
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  • Race Lift: A strange Zig Zagging example. At some point it was revealed that Roberta Magee wasn't Margo's biological mother, and that her father had cheated with the family housekeeper Gabriella, Margo's true mother. This apparently made Margo half-Latina, but an unhailed later retcon seemed to make Gabriella Robert Magee's wife, as well as making her look much lighter.
  • Roommate Com: The three main characters, Margo, Lu Ann and Tommie are all unmarried women sharing an apartment in New York City. A lot of storylines involve one or more of them finding men to settle down with, going as far as planning a wedding sometimes, but because of Status Quo Is God, something always derails it.