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Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations: Archer St. John and the St. John Romance Comics Paperback – May 18, 2007
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The neglect of romance books in those days is unfortunate because if collectors had been interested, they could have preserved more copies of these books and they might have been able to interview some of the publishers, writers, and artists who have since passed away.
John Benson has helped remedy the lack of information on one particularly important publisher: Archer St. John. St. John had the great good fortune to employ probably Dana Dutch, who was probably the best writer of romance stores, and Matt Baker, who was certainly the finest romance artist -- and, to my mind, the finest comic book artist who ever lived. Unfortunately, by the time Benson began working on this book in the 1980s, St. John and Baker had passed away and Dutch couldn't be located, if he was still alive at the time. Still, Benson was able to locate other people who worked for St. John and was able to gather important information about the company.
This book is a quick read, at only 112 pages. It has many nicely reproduced black and white illustrations. The book's only drawback, to my mind, is that the structure seems backwards. After a brief two-page introduction, Benson reproduces interviews he conducted with 10 people connected with St. John.Read more ›
Unfortunately, Amazon cannot vet its sellers better, since this book was sold as being in better condition than it turned out to be, a beat up library copy that unfortunately was only worth the heavily discounted price and not a penny more.