Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WARTIME ROMANCES "Make-Believe Marriage"

The 1950s.
When employers could legally-discriminate against you, if you weren't married!
Here's a litany of lies and love (and a couple of wildly-improbable coincidences) illustrated by the legendary Matt Baker in WarTime Romances #1, 1951.
Next week:
We haven't decided yet what it'll be, but we can guarantee that...
You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
(Oh, you've heard that, eh?)
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

JET DREAM "The Achilles Heel"

Here's a cautionary tale about handsome men...
...featuring an all-woman crimefighting team that predates Charlie's Angels by almost a decade!
This short tale by writer Dick Wood, penciler Mike Sekowsky, and inker Frank Giacoia is from Man from U.N.C.L.E. #13 (1967).
Jet Dream and Her StuntGirl CounterSpies appeared in 4-page tales in the middle of the book from #8 to #22, then appeared in a book-length story in a one-shot comic.
It's never been reprinted, and very few of the stories are available on the Net...until now!
We're re-presenting the entire series, beginning with the premiere currently at our "brother" blog Hero & Heroine Histories™.

Next week:
We haven't decided yet what it'll be, but we can guarantee that...
You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
(Oh, you've heard that, eh?)
And now a word from out sponsor...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

YOUNG LOVE "Love is a Dirty Word" Conclusion

When Last We Left Our Heroine(s)...
Sixteen-year old Amy is thrilled her older sister Carol has a devoted boyfriend, Jackie.
However, Amy feels no one will ever love her.
To complicate matters, their mother tries to keep any males at arm's length from her daughters!
(Her attitude is somewhat understandable, since the girls' father abandoned the family without a word.
But still...)
Then Amy meets Larry and falls for him like the proverbial ton of bricks!
All is right with the world, until...
Jackie breaks up with Carol, who then is crippled in a traffic accident as she rushes to her former lover!
Then, their mother goes ballistic against all men...
The artists on this story were Mike Sekowsky (pencils) and Alex Toth (inks).
If the inking style looks familiar, it's because Toth was the primary character designer for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio from the 1960s thru the 1980s, responsible for the "look" of their "realistic" shows from Space Ghost to Super Friends to Josie and the Pussycats! (as opposed to the more "cartoony" Flintstones)
But, he had started his career in comic books in the 1940s, and liked to return to the field to do a couple of stories every year, as his schedule permitted.
As you can see, he hadn't lost his touch!
In this case, he worked with old friend Mike Sekowsky, who, shortly after this, ended up going full-time into animation design.
Next week:
We haven't decided yet what it'll be, but we can guarantee that...
You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
(Oh, you've heard that, eh?)
And now a word from out sponsor...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YOUNG LOVE "Love is a Dirty Word"

Talk about the future mother-in-law from Hell!
This titillating tale of teen love is from 1975's Young Love #114
What does the future hold for Amy and Larry...if anything?
And, what of Carol and Jackie?
Will her injury keep them apart or bring them back together?
Will True Love prevail for either couple..or neither couple?
Yes, fans, it's a multi-part post!
But Fear Not! 
You don't have to wait until next week!
The heart-tugging conclusion (and an interesting bit of trivia about this story) will be posted...
You'll cry your eyes out if you miss it!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TIPPY TEEN "Kiss and Tell"

Besides romance comics, most of us also read "teen humor" comics...
...like Tippy Teen, which featured this tale that starts off with our heroine reading a romance comic...
If the plotting and art style on this tale from 1967's Tippy Teen #17 reads like an Archie Comics story, that's because many of their writers and artists (who were freelancers) including Sam Schwartz, Harry Shorten, and Dan DeCarlo, also worked on Tippy strips for the short-lived Tower Comics in the 1960s!

Next week:
We haven't decided yet what it'll be, but we can guarantee that...
You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
(Oh, you've heard that, eh?)

And now a word from out sponsor...