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Truer Than True Romance: Classic Love Comics Retold Paperback – June, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

In this creative partnering between the old and the new, Martinet (The Art of Mingling) writes contemporary love stories using the settings and illustrations from DC's romance comics from the 1940s through the 1970s. In Martinet's world, a 1950s story called "Loving the Wrong Man," originally involving an affair with a married man, might be rewritten as "Loving a Gay Man," for example. Others include "My Heart Said Yes, but My Therapist Said No!" and "Too Dumb for Love!" The collection is uneven, as some of the retellings work contemporary social mores into their fabric better than others. Still, this is a book with plenty of appeal for older teens and adults. A good purchase for libraries with strong humor collections. Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., MA
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*Starred Review* Martinet gave a grown-up gander to the romance comic books she devoured when she was a kid. Their artwork still seemed serviceable enough, but their scripts--in which slim, stacked, dewy-eyed ingenues always lassoed the loves of their lives, despite the wiles of bad-girl rivals--struck her as, well, dorky. So she rewrote them. What was "Stolen Dreams" became "I Hate My Hair" (our heroine has a supershort cut). "Love a la Carte" became "The Job from Hell" (the teary working-girl lead, one of a row of typists, moans about her boss: "Typewriters instead of computers! Why doesn't she just shoot us?!"). "Heartbreak," in which the love interest is first seen with his whole head bandaged, became "What Are You Saying?!" ("Mmph, mmph, mmph . . . ," in case you were wondering). In those and seven other stories, Martinet reacts to facial expressions, clothing, objects (like the typewriters), and even unusual colors in the drawings, which date from 1955-71, and creates hilarious, hip scenarios that view romance with the jaundiced eyes of experience and plenty of with-it wit. Mock advice columns, such as "Dee Pressen, Love Counselor," continue the stories' zaniness. It's just highly unlikely that any other book this year will be funnier. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; First edition. edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823084388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823084388
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. It actually made me laugh out loud. The author has taken those dopey old romance comics (beautiful color artwork, though) and completely transformed them with her hilarious new dialogue. So you have all this great old artwork from the era of "Leave It To Beaver" and "Gidget" beautifully mixed with dialogue that would be right at home on "Sex And The City." The effect is sort of like that Woody Allen movie "What's Up Tiger Lilly" or maybe "Mystery Science Fiction Theater" where she comments on the old stories and updates them at the same time. Pure genius! The romance columns are a riot too; my favorite columnist is Dee Pressen, who gives VERY pesimistic advice. Please turn this author loose on more romance comic book stories!!
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This was a delightful book, especially, if like me, you grew up on Love Comics. I read those probably from around 1958 - 1962. And, like the author said, that's why I'm screwed up about relationships today! Anyway, this book just made me laugh out loud through the whole thing. I especially enjoyed the one where the girl was in secretarial school, but it's been switched to a writing school, and she falls for the teacher. I loved the line of the main female character, "Doesn't she know we're all going to die"? That's what these characters needed to hear 40 years ago! Give up the scholop and get real! LOL I also liked that the author summarized the original plot, to put it into perspective for us. Very, very much fun, and the comics are beautifully copied, especially the men's blue hair, with their floating heads above the women's beds!
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By A Customer on June 14, 2001
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This book is a hoot! Very funny story lines--certainly no more inane than the originals--but psychological twists and the author's penetrating satire make these updated versions all new, yet somehow eerily, uncomfortably (who, me?) familiar. Martinet works in many laughs and is a truly inspired advice columnist. The art is marvelous: When did men ever look this hunky, or women so sublimely emotive? Ahh, for the good old (bad old?) days! I loved this!
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By A Customer on July 1, 2001
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What a great idea! This type of book reminds me of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as the author has rewitten the stories from old romance comics. I rarely laugh out loud at anything, but I couldn't help it, as the author was perfect in making funny lines match the characters expressions. "I Hate My Hair" was worth it alone!
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Thank you Ms. Martinet for providing something I didn't even know I needed. This was an excellent book that was intelligently funny. I love a larf more than anyone and this came through for me.
I tried to read through the comics themselves and figure out the original plot (provided by Ms. Martinet) but couldn't figure them out. Good thing she did something even better. Reminds me of an old television show "Mad Movies" that I loved.
Can't gush more. Thank you!
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This hilarious book made me laugh out loud with glee - The author captures the stresses of romance in the 50s - 70s and adds her own ascerbic wit and modern sensibility, incorporating our culture's penchant for psycho-over-analysis, consumerism and easy-fixes. The end result is a wonderfully refreshing "take" on the past and the future of romance. A must-read for Boomer gals!
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An interesting approach, this little book tries to almost MST3K-ify old romance comics. All the dialogue and story has been replaced with suitably warped comedy. Some are real funny; some are just mildly humorous. But the real joy of the book is seeing the great reproduction of all this old romance comic artwork. There aren't all that many reprint books out there for this genre, so even this tome, with a complete different purpose is nice to see.
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At first I was appalled at the realness that had been brought into my Romance Comics from my childhood! After the first few stories and the intro by the author I got it and laughed my way through the rest of the book. Sometimes the truth hurts that those blue black haired men of the comics were just that longed wanted Prince Charming who never was..................Fun Read!!! Thanks!
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