Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Duplex is an award winning comic strip by Glenn McCoy originally for publication by Universal Press Syndicate/UEpress/ Andrews McMeel Syndication. Now his brother Gary McCoy has brought it to the market again by publishing it again by himself. This time around the title is called Dc Comics. D stands for Diamond Content.
The title Duplex Comic originated as a monthly strip in the now defunct weekly magazine Baby Girl's Weekly. It was written by David Greenberger and drawn by Bill Finger. The original story focused on David Greenberger's twin brother Frank, who had been born with a birth defect that left him with only one eye. He was an avid fan of Superman and would often visit the Daily Planet to see Superman in action.
One day while shopping at a big box store, he met an old man by the name of Frank "the pup" Greenberger. Frank was working as an usher at a hotel and began having trouble focusing on his work. When David came over and introduced himself, he found that Frank was a fan of superheros and wanted to buy one of them. After buying one, David gave it his own name: Frank "the Duplex" Greenberger. To this day, Frank and David Greenberger are close friends.
In the beginning the strip was simply a daily diary by David Greenberger. The name Duplex was given to one of their first characters, Frank "the Duplex" Greenberger. His disability prevented him from standing upright. He was frequently seen leaning against a wall or being assisted by others in his wheelchair.
For the most part, however, the strip's focus is on David's life as he attempts to get his life together following the death of his wife. He teams up with a number of colorful people, some of whom he meets while helping people in the nursing home. Frank becomes a mainstay in the strip, appearing in almost every issue. The comic is the butt of many a joke and is loved by both children and adults.
In one issue, Greenberger decides to retire to a cabin in the woods for old people only. One of the residents, Aunt Gertrude, becomes the new owner of the duplex. David, who has lost a good friend in the care home, begins to slowly rebuild his life. Along the way, he meets other old people who share some of his interests. They form an enjoyable companionship that gives the comic the ability to show the readers what life is like for old people in a serene setting. This relationship with the characters is one of the reasons that make Duplex Comic so endearing.
Aside from the friendly relationships, Greenberger has written a number of funny strips that take on various social issues. One such strip involves the Duplex, a small apartment building located in Duplex, PA. Two elderly sisters live there and David takes them in as his tenant sisters. It is here where he meets the most eccentric of characters, The Master. The Master teaches the newcomers things they would not normally learn in a comfortable establishment such as how to "babysit" the master and where the title comes from: to babysit.
A large portion of the strips in Duplex Comic can be found at several web sites on the Internet. Some of these are better than others. For instance, a couple of the strips include a profane exchange between The Master and a representative for the strip who works at the apartment building. Others, on the other hand, are crude and simply putrid attempts at humor. Fortunately, the majority of the strips online are more or less enjoyable to look at.