Likewise, there is no apparent connection between the Mary Worth of the legend and the Mary Worth of comic strip fame. He currently writes for Snopes.com. That said, there's a body of folklore and superstition attributing magical and/or divinatory properties to mirrors dating back to ancient times. Later, the feud was revealed to be a collaborative hoax that Capp and his longtime pal Saunders had cooked up together. [citation needed], The Apple Mary comic strip was among those reprinted in some of the earliest American comic books, Eastern Color Printing's Famous Funnies, in 1936, and continuing in Dell Comics' Popular Comics and Western's Mammoth Comics at least sporadically through 1938. "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Bloody Mary", What Happens Next? The most familiar of these lingering into modernity is the centuries-old superstition that breaking a mirror brings bad luck. In other versions, she merely scares the wits out of them. Today in Toons: Every day's an anniversary! [5] Some variations of the ritual call Bloody Mary by a different name—"Hell Mary" and "Mary Worth" are popular examples. In some versions of the story, the ghost of Mary kills anyone who summons her.