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Married couples everywhere relate to husband-and-wife team Harriet and Stanley Parker of The Better Half. Their quest to keep the "spark" alive in their aging marriage brings a knowing smile to readers around the world. The adventures of the quintessential comics couple appear in the paperback collection "Randy Glasbergen's The Better Half, Living Happily Never After," which was published by CCC Publications in 1996. After 40 successful years, cartoonist Randy Glasbergen continues to attract new readers with his fresh, topical humor. The Parkers may not be runway models, but to their many readers, they rank among the hottest couples in the comics!

Randy Glasbergen

Randy Glasbergen

Randy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists. In addition to his daily and Sunday editions of The Better Half, Randy’s topical cartoons also appear regularly in Funny Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Physician’s Weekly, Woman’s World, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications around the world. His work is also featured in greeting cards and calendars published by Recycled Paper Greetings, Nobleworks, American Greetings and others. Glasbergen is the author of three best-selling cartooning instruction books published by North Light Books, and several anthologies of his cartoons have been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, The Netherlands and China. He also creates Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen, one of the longest-running and most popular daily online cartoons.

Randy lives with his wife in a creaky old Victorian house in a very small town in rural New York State. He has four grown children, five grandchildren, two basset hounds, four cats and two guinea pigs.

Harriet and Stanley Parker
Harriet and Stanley Parker

The Parkers bring a smile of recognition to all married couples. They may not be runway models, but to their many readers, they rank among the sexiest couples in the comics! Despite their sagging, middle-aged bodies, Harriet and Stanley work hard to keep alive that bright spark of love that first brought them together.

Their affection and intimacy shine through beneath any mutual insults and antagonisms. They may not always understand each other, but they never give up trying.

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