Religion: Comic Cleric

Where will David Crane's first parish be? Will well-born Virginia want to marry him when she finds out the rugged truth? How will Boulder Bluff's cow country characters take to the tall, blond, young minister fresh from divinity school?

These are the questions posed in 101 U.S. newspapers this week by a slick new comic strip, or "fiction panel," as the trade knows unfunny funnies. David Crane follows in the soapy footsteps of those other vocational do-gooders, Rex Morgan, M.D., Steve Roper, wholesome news photographer, and Mary Worth, motherly meddler.

The Rev. David Crane and his wellrounded bride (he marries Virginia in strip...

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