Wednesday, February 27, 2013

THRILLING ROMANCES "Chance for Happiness"

Can a war bride find happiness in America with her ex-army husband?
Or will annoying in-laws who look down their noses at immigrants screw the whole thing up?
While the scripter of this poignant tale of redemption and reconciliation from Standard's Thrilling Romances #23 (1953) is unknown, the art is by comics legend Alex Toth. who went from being one of comics' best illustrators to designing/art directing most of the output of tv animation house Hanna-Barbera (including Space Ghost, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, and Josie and the Pussycats) in the 1960s and 70s!
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!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MOD LOVE "As Long as I Win"

The previous Mod Love story was our most-viewed post ever...
...so who am I to argue with my pop art-loving audience?
Written by Michael Lutin, the story (and the entire issue of Western's 1967 Mod Love one-shot magazine-sized comic book) is illustrated by noted French pop artist Michel Quarez.
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You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

NEGRO ROMANCE "Love's Decoy"

Happy Valentine's Day to all!
To celebrate, here's the last tale from Fawcett's incredibly hard-to-find Negro Romance #2 (1950)!
Fascinatingly, except for skin color, this could be a tale in ANY romance comic of the period, which makes sense, since writer Roy Ald was also the editor (and occasional writer) of the Fawcett romance comics line including Sweethearts, Love Memories, Romantic Western, Love Mystery, and True Confidences, so he knew his stuff.
Artist Alvin Hollingsworth was one of the few Black comic artists of the 1940s-1950s, illustrating every genre from Westerns to horror to sci-fi to romance.Like many Golden Age comics artists, he went on to do commercial art as well as becoming a noted fine art painter with numerous gallery exhibitions.

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You'll Cry Your Eyes Out if You Miss It!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEGRO ROMANCE "Forever Yours"

It's said that Love is blind.
In comics, at least, it's also color-blind.
Looks like a "happily ever after" scenario?
But, you know there's going to be potholes in the road to happiness!
This tale from Fawcett's Negro Romance #2 (1950) doesn't feature either a miracle cure or a "whoops, wrong diagnosis" ending, as so many of these tales often do!
It was written by Roy Ald (who was also the book's Editor) and illustrated by Rudy Palais, an artist with over 300 stories and covers during his long career from 1941 to 1957.
Tomorrow, a Valentine's Day BONUS
Another torrid tale from Negro Romances!
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Whatever Happened to Jill Jerold?

Jill Jerold became one of the Millie the Model ensemble...
...appearing in most stories (such as this one) as well as in pin-up pages, both with the other models...
...and solo pages.
But, when Millie transformed from soap opera to Archie-style humor...
...Jill disappeared from the series!
From 1967 to 2009 (32 years), Jill was nowhere to be seen in the Marvel Universe, not even a cameo!
In 2009, the Models, Inc. mini-series revived the Millie ensemble (including Jill), this time firmly-set in the Universe itself...
 ...and even gave Jill some play with Johnny (Human Torch) Storm!
Let's see if she'll pop up somwhere during Marvel NOW!...
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

MODELING WITH MILLIE "Crisis at the Hanover Agency!"

Returning to New York from a trip to London, fashion models Millie Collins and Chili Storm run into British model Jill Jerold (whom they had just met in London) at the airport.
They introduce her to their boss, Howard Hanover, who immediately offers Jill work!
But the English model's first day proves eventful when a scandal rears it's ugly head...
Don't ya just love a happy ending?
So, after this auscpious debut, whatever happened to Jill Jerold?
Be here tomorrow for the answer!
BTW, this never-reprinted tale from Marvel's Modeling with Millie #48 (1966) was created by Denny O'Neil (writer) and Stan Goldberg (artist) with inking assists from Jim Mooney and Jack Abel.
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