Agonizing Love is a rich anthology of those legendary romance comic books that once filled newsstands to overflowing during their heyday in the 1940s and '50s. "I Craved His Kisses," "With Hate in My Heart," "Kisses Came Second," "Flame of Jealousy," "Was I a Wicked Wife?": these stories are just a taste of the absolutely riveting dramas that play out in the sob-racked pages of this evocative collection. Agonizing Love—is there any other kind?—runs the narrative gamut from honeymoon to heartbreak, first love to total loss, marital bliss to marriage hell, and all the stops in between. Throughout these colorful pages you will find a diverse selection of cover art and stories enhanced by a plethora of engaging quizzes ("Are You Ready for Marriage?"), confessional letters from readers, informative articles, tips on choosing the right man (or getting rid of the wrong one!), and oh, so much more!
Compiled and with witty, informative com-mentary by pop-culture expert Michael Barson, Agonizing Love is an irresistible treasure trove sure to please comic-book lovers, soap-opera fans, and die-hard romantics who could use a good slap in the face. This is a heartfelt, often tear-drenched valentine to a long lost—but never to be forgotten—era.
Michael Barson is the author of more than a dozen books that celebrate popular culture. His work has appeared in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, American Film, and AMC magazine, among other publications. His books and postcard anthologies include Lost, Lonely & Vicious, Born to Be Bad, Teenage Confidential, True West, and Red Scared! He lives in suburban New Jersey with his wife of twenty-six years who hasn't stopped weeping since tying the knot. They have three boys, none of whom has a clue about love or romance—yet.
I am a periodic reader of comics. If you are not a serious fan or collector, I recommend buying it used. Alot for the price. . I read each story at various times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kop1
I finally got my own copy, and enjoyed it well! I would recommend it to any beginner who's interested in the rich history of romance comic magazines! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laura A. Fitzgerald
Very good well done collection of the romance comics I remember as a kid and teenager. Between a four and five star; nice edition, good paper and print quality and nice history... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beverly Barberi
I used to read only the Crime and Horror Comics back in the day, but these have a lot of the same elements that I enjoy ( the Drama and "Film Noir " quality of many of the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joseph Porrovecchio
I wanted to look up Liz Berube, last woman to illustrate a romance comic, but this *?# book has NO INDEX!Published 24 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'