Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Paul - The Most Sensitive Guy in Romance Comics!

As a response to the mean-spirited Marc of Young Love, DC introduced in issue #140 of Falling in Love (March/April 1973), the kinder, gentler male perspective in the form of advice column, "Paul - The Other Side!" Notice that Paul is cool with the "Libbers" and believes that "everyone's got the right to speak his or her mind..." Right on, Paul!

I think my favorite thing about the Paul's column is his picture. It appears to be the photo of Marc, just reversed and with a mustache -- but hey! Let us suspend our disbelief and go with it. Paul -- twin brother of Marc, he is!

It should be noted that Falling in Love only lasted three issues beyond this one, and "Paul - The Other Side" was continued in subsequent issues of Young Romance. The title move was very fitting, considering that Marc's column appeared in Young Love.

Who do you like better? Marc or Paul?


  1. I'm going to have to side with Marc, if for no other reason than Paul sounds too much like he's trying to curry favor. Give me Marc's take-no-prisoners he-man attitude any day of the week. Great blog, btw.

  2. Thank you Blog into Mystery! You are now on my blogroll! Marc definitely stands out in a crowd, whereas Paul sorta blends in (in tone) with the other advice columnists, so I can understand the preference!

  3. One has to wonder: Why is the "sensitive" twin the one with the pornstache?

  4. I see Paul/Marc has mastered the photo-byline trick of standing sideways on and turning to face the camera - it reduces the number of chins. I cut mine down to 23 that way ...

  5. Ghost: It does seem like it should be the other way around, doesn't it?

    Mart: Hahaha! Thanks for reading!