Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STILL STAR-CROSSED aka Romeo and Juliet: the Next Generation

You have to give Shonda Rhimes credit for chutzpah...
..it isn't many people who would try to do a live-action sequel to Romeo and Juliet!
An update, yes!
Lord knows they've been done to death!
But a live-action sequel?
Now that's chutzpah!
To be fair, the series is based on a popular YA book by Melinda Taub, and Shonda decided to carry the fact that R&J was the prototype for the soap operas of today to its' logical conclusion, making a soap opera out of it, using Taub's book as the lauching pad!
But does it work?
As Dynasty-style soap opera, definitely!
As a sequel to the original story, sort of!
As a historically-accurate period piece, it's on the level of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys!
It's enjoyable, campy fun!
But, hopefully, it'll inspire teens and 'tweens to search out the original R&J in any of the many formats it's available in...like this comics adaptation...
Sadly, ABC has moved Still Star-Crossed from Monday to the "death slot" of Saturday nights beginning July 8, so it looks like they'll "burn it off" and let the show fade into obscurity.
Watch or DVR it before it disappaears!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

IDEAL LOVE AND ROMANCE "Unfaithful!"

Sometimes the opening caption says it all...
...as this never-reprinted tale from Timely's Ideal Love and Romances #5 (1949) demonstrates.
Artist Pete Tumlinson was extremely versatile,
Besides romance books, he did war, horror, crime, and Western stories with equal aploomb!
Rendering over 150 stories (and some covers) from 1948 to 1955, he moved into commercial art (mostly book illustration) after the big comic book implosion caused by the "Seduction of the Innocent" witchhunt put many writers and artists out of work.
The writer is unknown.
BTW, though this issue was #5, it was actually the one and only issue of Ideal Love and Romance!
Before that, it was Ideal: a Classical Comic,  
With #6 it became simply Love Romances, and survived for one hundred issues until #106 (1963)!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOVE DIARY "Love Slave!"

Handsome guy snuggling beautiful gal.
Looks like True Love, doesn't it?
Well, looks can be deceiving...
Typical story of the era..woman must be taught her self-destructive desires are wrong by an assertive man who knows what's best for her!
Illustrated by Marvel Comics mainstay John Buscema, this cover-featured tale from Orbit's Love Diary #47 (1954) was a reprint from just a year earlier in Orbit's Love Journal #20 (1953).
(The extremely-sexist writer is, perhaps mercifully, unknown.)
If you're wondering why it was reprinted so quickly, it was because Orbit was shutting down and simply fulfilling it's contracted obligation to the distributor to supply a specific number of issues.
It didn't matter if the books were original material or reprints.
And, at that point in comics history, creatives didn't get reprint royalties, so...
The next issue of Love Diary, also all-reprint, was the last Orbit comic ever published.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LOVE 1971 "Reckless Losers"

We were gone for a month while we moved into a new home...
...but now we're back with a slew of stories for your summer reading pleasure starting with the torrid tale under this psychedelic Charlie Armentano cover!
Written/pencilled by Ric Estrada and inked by Tony DeZuniga, this cover-featured, never-reprinted story from DC's Super DC Giant #21 was the only new tale in the 64-page book.
The rest were reprints with hairstyles and clothing "updated" to the then-current styles!

Note: Charlie Armentano did only two comic pages that were ever published; this cover and the back cover of DC 100-Page Super-Spectacular #5 Love Stories (1971)!
The art was apparently submitted with coloring done on the original art itself, unheard-of at the time...
I've been unable to find anything else about him on the Net.
If anyone has anything to share, please do so!
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Replica Edition
...which features Charlie Armentaro's only other comic book art on the back cover!