Monday, July 6, 2009

CAC Presentation Update

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fun and relaxing fourth of July weekend! I know I enjoyed having an extra day off work to continue to prepare my presentation for the Comic Arts Conference (CAC) in San Diego that takes place in a couple of weeks!

I thought I would share a few images that I will be using for the presentation to give you a better idea of what I will be speaking about. Basically, the presentation I will be making continues my mission of preserving the memory of romance comic books and the creative teams that published them throughout the 1960s and 1970s. I will be highlighting Win Mortimer, Don Heck, Gene Colan, Alex Toth and Jim Steranko and the art that they created for the romance genre in the '60s and 1970s. These artists are usually recognized for their superhero work, but often times not mentioned for their contributions to romance comics. In many cases, the romance art these artists did was as good as or
better than their superhero work, and they should certainly be appreciated for that.

Winslow Mortimer known for his Superman
and Batman covers also drew a ton of romance!
Young Romance #206 (July/August 1975)

"My Heart Broke in Hollywood" is the only
romance story Jim Steranko drew.
But my oh my, it is breathtaking!
Our Love Story #5 (June 1970)

Alex Toth's creative genius is evident even in his romance work.
Secret Hearts #143 (April 1970)

If you happen to be at the San Diego convention on Saturday feel free to stop by the CAC and come take a look at my presentation. It will be an informal discussion type thing and I will be there to chat and answer questions. Afterward, I will share the full presentation on here so those who weren't in San Diego can take a look too!


  1. Oh, wow. That Toth page is breathtaking.
    I didn't know he worked on any romance books.

  2. I know isn't it? I love the use of shadowing that he has going on.

    Toth usually isn't thought of for his romance work, so hopefully I can change that a bit!

  3. You certainly know your stuff, Jacque! I know your presentation is going to be amazingly edifying. Look for another romance-themed post on Easily Mused very soon.

  4. I've got a Toth book "Edge of Genius v.2" that's got a number of Toth romance stories (all from the publisher Standard Comics, I think).

  5. Good lord girl, I could use your help over at DC Comic 40 Years Ago. I have none of the romance comics from that era and there is little to no information on them. Actually, I have no romance comics at all except for the Love 1970 reprint book with that amazing Nick Cardy cover.

  6. Hey have fun at the convention. If it was closer I'd check it out.

  7. Found your blog via The Comics Reporter, great stuff, looking forward to seeing what else you find from this era/genre. Such a wealth of material that's just ignored now.

  8. John and Joe: Thanks so much! I will be sure to share the presentation with you guys when I get home!

    DerikB: I will have to check that book out since I don't have any of Toth's early romance work. It looks like there is only one used copy on Amazon, so I will have to check out my local comic book store! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

    Keller: You are right! There hardly is any information out there about romance from the '60s and '70s! I believe it stems from the negative rap romance has gotten over the years for being 'fluffy,' but there really is so much more to romance than what meets the eye! I look forward to seeing more romance stuff on your site! Its good to see other bloggers with romance content. The legacy of the artists, writers and other members of the creative teams will only be benefited by discussion between people who adore romance!

    Mellon: Welcome to Sequential Crush! I have a lot more in store! I hope to get my longer, more in depth historical analyses of romance story themes up soon -- once the convention season is over. Until then, look for some more beautiful artwork and issue reviews!

    Thanks everyone for your support! I am so excited about this romance community that is seeming to take form and blossom here at Sequential Crush! :)

  9. I wish I could join you out in San Diego. You need to give a few presentations closer to Milwaukee! (Or, I need to make more money...) :)

  10. I once had the pleasure of taking a seminar at a con with Steranko. One of the things he did was take out this romance story he did and break it down for us. Its a visually amazing story.

  11. Here's a quick selection of some Toth romance work from

    Hide Your Love

    When Love Has Gone

    The Lovliest of All

    And you can find more in this (I believe incomplete) list of the "Page of the Day" features:

    Love what your doing with this blog, Jacque!

    Bill Angus

  12. Good luck with your presentation, and looking forward to seeing it here, especially that Steranko story which looks wonderful!

  13. Jackie: Hey there! I wish there was a comicon in Milwaukee. Maybe someday! :)

    Jose: Wow! I would have loved to see that... how does one go about creating such lovely visual imagery anyhow?!

    Bill Angus: Those images are great! I am drooling over the first page of "When Love Has Gone." Now thats talent! Thanks so much for those links!!!

    Pat: I appreciate it! It should be fun and interesting to present to a more academic crowd. I am looking forward to feedback. We'll see how it goes!

  14. Jacque,

    I have tried for a few years now to get Mark Evanier to put together a panel of Silver Age romance artists for SDCC while there are some still alive. Gene Colon, Jay Scott Pike, Nick Cardy, Ric Estrada (crap, he died recently!), Dick Giordano, John Romita, Tony Abruzzo, etc. He says he is up for it if the artists can be rounded up. I pointed out that Pike's book is published by Sal Quartuccio ( and his originals are sold through Marianne Ohl Phillips (, but I don't think anyone followed up on it.

  15. Hey Keller...

    Sounds like it could be possible, with enough planning and determination. Time is of the essense though, thats for sure. I am pretty sure Cardy and Colan will be in San Diego this year, but things may be too crazy to get a chance to talk to them. Will you be there this year? I would be interested in talking more about this for the (very near) future. Feel free to email me...


  16. Yeah, and that ain't even taking into account Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, Gil Kane, Bob Powell, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Denny O'Neil, Steve Englehart, John Buscema, and a batch of others who plied their trade in the romance comics at one time or another. You might also check that short-lived Gothic romance bit that DC did circa 1971 with a keen story or two by Michael Fleisher and Mike Sekowsky. There's gold out thar if you want to pan for it.

  17. Thanks for checking in on some old posts, darkmark! So many talents out there that worked on romance comics -- it is fun seeing what they brought to the genre!