Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TENDER LOVE STORIES & YOUNG ROMANCE "Fashion Plate"

When is a contemporary love story not a contemporary love story?
When it was "contemporary" a decade earlier!
You'd think a tale heavily-oriented about current fashion would have been written and drawn, well, currently!
But this story published in Skywald's Tender Love Stories #4 (1971) wasn't scripted and illustrated in 1971!
It was created almost a decade earlier...in 1963!
Published in Prize's Young Romance #124 (1963), the original version illustrated by Bob Powell presents the male ingenue first as a leather-clad biker, then as a preppie, and finally as an average Joe.
The reworked version, inked by Bill Everett, presents the guy first as a leisure-suited layabout, then a double-breasted suit-clad dandy, and finally, again, as an average Joe.
You'll also note in both cases, Bob starts out with extreme hairstyles, then gets trimmed as the tale goes on!
Of course, looking back on these tales decades later, both stories seem like "period pieces"!
And, yes, we did wear clothes like you see here in both those time periods!
They were considered "cutting edge" then.

"Why did they do it?" you may ask...
With sales falling on most non-superhero genres in the late 1960s (including Western and war as well as romance), this "updated reprinting" became a common practice on romance comics until the genre all-but died out in the late 1970s.
Publishers would do a new 8-20 page lead story and use retouched reprints to fill out the book.
Editors felt that:
a) the plots were relatively timeless.
b) "updating" existing art was cheaper than totally-redrawing the story. 
c) artists were better-utilized doing stuff that sold better (like superheroes).
d) the audience for romance comics, unlike superhero comics, changed every 5-6 years anyway, and wouldn't notice the old plots!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I LOVE YOU "Night Without Tears"

What happens when you fall in love with your cousin?
This never-reprinted tale from Charlton's I Love You #91 (1971) has one possible solution!
"...related by marriage!"
Writer Joe Gill and illustrator Steve Ditko certainly found a way out of that conundrum, eh?
Note: though Ditko has drawn thousands of stories and covers during his over half-century of comics creating, romance comics account for only a dozen or so stories!
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

REACH FOR HAPPINESS "Episode 27" Part 2

Karen returns to Danville Corners and Greg's arms.
Suddenly, Greg's fiance, Rita, awakens from her coma!
As friends and relatives gather to celebrate in Rita's room, a paramour from her past, Ray, appears...
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This chapter of "Reach for Happiness" from Secret Hearts #136 (1969) was written by Jack Miller, penciled by Jay Scott Pike, and inked by George Roussos (except for the cover/splash page which Nick Cardy penciled and editor Dick Giordano inked).
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

REACH FOR HAPPINESS "Episode 27"

...wait!
Is Karen a man-stealer?
Is Rita about to have her heart broken?
Read on...
Why does Rita want Ray Silva, not her fiance, Greg, to take her home?
The Second Most Unexpected Plot Twist of All!
(If you never watched soap operas, that is...) 
This chapter of "Reach for Happiness" from Secret Hearts #136 (1969) was written by Jack Miller, penciled by Jay Scott Pike, and inked by George Roussos (except for the splash page which Nick Cardy penciled and editor Dick Giordano inked).
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