Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


We all know that romance comics are filled with quite a few tears. Let's be honest -- they are filled with tears galore. Heck, the tears of fair maidens are one of the trademarks of the genre. But today is not the day for that! Let's celebrate Valentine's Day with no crying... just pure romantic, weak-kneed, sexy bliss! I browsed through stacks upon stacks of romance comics in my collection to bring you some of the most romantic scenes out there; scenes worthy of a breathy gasp, or at the very least, the cover of a romance novel. Sometimes a kiss, sometimes just a touch of the hand, these are some of the most romantic panels (in no particular order) you'll find in the romance comics of the 1960s and '70s!

"A Kiss for Teacher"
Career Girl Romances #47
(October 1968)

"The Melody of Love"
Falling in Love #126
(November 1971)

 "Give Him Back"
Heart Throbs #141
(May 1972)

"We Can't Marry Yet"
Teen-Age Romance #79
(January 1961)

"Tough Girl!"
Young Romance #207
(September/October 1975)

 "Make Love to Me!"
Girls' Love Stories #177
(April/May 1973)

"Three Steps to Heartbreak"
Girls' Romances #130
(January 1968)

 "Price Tag on Love"
Heart Throbs #132
(June/July 1971)

"Come to Me!"
Young Love #73
(March/April 1969)

"I Can't Forget You!
Our Love Story #2

(December 1969)

♥♥♥

Happy Valentine's Day!

Credits: 1.) "A Kiss for Teacher" Career Girl Romances #47 (October 1968) Pencils: Luis Avila 2.) "The Melody of Love" Falling in Love #126 (November 1971) Pencils: Tony DeZuniga 3.)  "Give Him Back" Heart Throbs #141 (May 1972) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky 4.) "We Can't Marry Yet" Teen-Age Romance #79 (January 1961) 5.) "Tough Girl!" Young Romance #207 (September/October 1975) 6.) "Make Love to Me!" Girls' Love Stories #177 (April/May 1973) Pencils: Art Saaf, Inks: Jack Abel 7.) "Three Steps to Heartbreak" Girls' Romances #130 (January 1968) 8.)  "Price Tag on Love" Heart Throbs #132 (June/July 1971) 9.) "Come to Me!" Young Love #73 (March/April 1969) 10.) "I Can't Forget You!" Our Love Story #2 (December 1969) Pencils: John Buscema, Inks: John Romita

4 comments:

  1. These are marvelous, Jacque--the "pay off" of a good romance story should be a romantic kiss/embrace.

    Jay Scott Pike did a number of fantastic kiss covers in the early 1970s (if I had a scanner I would upload some examples!). Anyone who wants to check out the Grand Comics Database can inspect Young Romance issues 173 (I actually found a copy of that issue), 175, 183 and 189 for some examples.

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    1. He sure did. I really like a number of those Pike covers. Perhaps that would make for a good "Friday Favorites" post!

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  2. Jacque: Great stuff. These sorts of human, small, and romantic moments must be the most difficult to draw. My favorites here are the second one where the artist was brave enough to capture the woman in an awkward yet very passionate moment being lifted into the man's arms; and the next to last one - the subtle subtle touch on the cheek may be even more difficult to draw than a kiss.

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    1. It really is the small details, Mykal, that made these panels stand out for me.

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