- Paperback: 173 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (February 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785120890
- ISBN-13: 978-0785120896
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel Romance Paperback – February 8, 2006
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The stories themselves are incredibly campy and fun. In a weird way, they remind me of reading modern day Grant Morrison stuff. All the characters are slightly 'off', their speech is incredibly formal and the situations totally absurd. Story #1 alone (there are 24 in total) involves the lily-white Diane who states "In the summer Manhattan is a bore...it's too hot, there are few cocktail parties, and the most eligible men are gone!". At a summer resort she meets the also lily-white Jim Scott who authors under the name Norman Taylor. Following a trend soon to be obvious, the story ends with them kissing as she declares to us in voice-over, "His lips sealed our true and lasting love with a kiss!"
Rich, educated and white seems to sum up all the characters in the book. With names like David Hunter, Leslie Mitchell, Scott Bentley and Pete Carter the objects of affection for these women seem to step right out of the young, handsome, rich East Coast mens club. I don't know who read these things originally back in the early 60's but I have a hard time picturing my teenage Mom on a farm in Indiana identifying with these books at all. But maybe that was the point?
All I know is I couldn't stop grinning while I read stories like 'Please Don't Let Me Be a Spinster' which opens with the line "I used to date too, laughing and loving like other girls! But now I walk alone, my yearning embracing only groceries."
This entire book seems like a Roy Lichtenstein exhibition.Read more ›
1. Stan Lee's overwrought dialogue for his heroines Sue Storm (Invisible Girl), Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), and Janet van Dyne (the Wasp) was developed in stories such as these - see any Marvel Essential!
2. The artists of Marvel's Silver Age had solid artistic skills and were professionals in the truest sense of the word. All of these guys could easily switch gears and fit right in drawing stories featuring not a single cape or flexed bicep. Picture a modern artist like Ed McGuiness or Rob Liefeld trying to do something like this... pretty ridiculous, eh?
So again, thumbs up to Marvel. If nothing else, give this book a shot to strengthen your comics education. Maybe it's corny, maybe the fellas will laugh at you - but you'll know better!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one ultra thick romance comic book - well done - lots of the old stories - fabulously priced, in excellent condition, well bound and really a treat. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Beverly Barberi
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First off, the stories are a little silly. You probably knew that already, but if you're going to read this book, take the silliness as a given. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Clayton Hollifield
For those of us women who were teenagers in the late sixties and early seventies this is a great vintage reproduction of all the "True Confessions" and "True Romance" comics we... Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by Miss Tippy Toes