Thursday, April 29, 2010

I'm on Twitter!

Hi everyone! I finally decided to start a Twitter account! You can find me here!!!

One Year of Romance Comic Book Goodness!

Believe it or not folks, one year ago today Sequential Crush got its start! Time sure flew by quickly sharing my love for romance comics with you all! To celebrate, I have picked out some of my favorite posts from the past twelve months. Whether you are reading them again, or looking around for the first time -- enjoy!!!

A little Easter Egg arrived at Sequential Crush last May, and so did the ever-so-fashionable belted sweater torn from the pages of real-life fashion magazines!

The bitter tale, "Tomorrow is Too Late" demonstrated the deep and sometimes sorrowful emotions contained within the romance comics -- with great art to boot!

An expose on green tights led us all to ponder the significance behind the color choice. Keep an eye out for a sequel sometime soon!

Sink your teeth into romance comics a bit more with the downloadable pdf booklets, "Forgotten Romance - Artists of a Bygone Genre" and "The Look of Love - The Romantic Era of DC's Lois Lane, Supergirl and Wonder Woman."

The 1960s and '70s romance comics were teeming with discourse of social issues such as the Women's Movement and disability awareness, stories which truly make history come alive!

We saw that romance comic book characters don't just go to fancy restaurants and lounge on yachts all day long, sometimes they actually go back to their groovy pads!

Last but not least, I had the opportunity to interview two very dynamic women -- Irene Vartanoff and Suzan Loeb! Hopefully this next year provides opportunities for more interviews with those involved with the romance comics!

The fun I have had posting on the romance comics and interacting with you readers during the past year is truly insurmountable. I sincerely hope to continue to bring the grooviest stories, artwork, and history of the 1960s and '70s romance genre to you for many years to come!!!

♥ Thank you for reading Sequential Crush!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Miss Potter Returns!

And now, a brief word from Sequential Crush's favorite Brit -- Penelope Potter!

"The Hint!"
Secret Hearts #149 (January 1971)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fashion Files - Always a Bridesmaid!

One of my very best friends in the whole world is getting married in November and has asked me to be her Maid of Honor! The plans are underway, and the bridesmaid dresses must be picked out! Now, some may go to their local bridal store or to David's Bridal for that special bridesmaid dress, but I have gone straight to the romance comics for inspiration!

Perhaps pink?

This dress style from the cover of
Heart Throbs
#142 (June 1972) sure accentuates the bust-line!

The story, "Doctor, Tell Me Why!" demonstrates that floppy hats were a very fashionable addition to any bridesmaid's ensemble
in the 1970s -- so why not today?
Heart Throbs #142 (June 1972)

Sorry to break it to you, "Dearly Beloved" --
but that's because she was the same as all the others!
Girls' Love Stories #171 (July 1972)

The bow detail is really nice on this one from "Never a Bride to Be"
Falling in Love #117 (August 1970)

Though this is a lovely number by Kurt Schaffenberger in
"The Wrong Bride," it seems to have made the bridesmaid rather grumpy. I think I'll skip out on this one!
Young Love #101 (November 1972)

Hmmm, well pink is nice, but I just don't know if it is me --
What about orange?

Not bad!
"One Love Too Many"
Falling in Love #107 (May 1969)

This dress from "The Lie" is pretty, but a tad matronly.
Young Romance
#172 (June/July 1971)

Naw, not orange either. How about green?

A bridesmaid with my name, wearing green? It must be a sign!
"Please, Please, Someone, Love Me!"
Young Romance #166 (June/July 1970)

Green it is, my friends.
Luckily, I think that is what the bride had in mind!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Taurus Woman

That's me!
"The Taurus Woman"
Young Love #80 (May/June 1970)

Hi there! Sorry for the light post today, but -- its my birthday, and some relaxation is definitely in order! Be sure to join me Saturday for a more substantial post! Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SpringCon Update + Fun Find

I reported here last week that Elizabeth Berube would be making an appearance at SpringCon in Minnesota the third weekend in May. Unfortunately, since I posted that announcement it has been brought to my attention by one of the convention organizers that she has had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Lets hope that she will be able to make it next year!

Romance comics are truly a vast and deep treasure trove. I was reminded of that fact when the other day I was preparing the Palisades Amusement Park post and in the same issue (Girls' Romances #134) I stumbled upon this -- a little plug for the new mod Wonder Woman in the advice column, "Julia Roberts, Romance Counselor." Cool, huh?! Too bad I hadn't found this earlier. It would have been perfect for my PCA/ACA presentation! Better late than never, right?

I wonder if anyone did write in to Julia Roberts about the new Wonder Woman? Rest assured, the search continues!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Palisades Amusement Park's Miss American Teen-Ager Contest

This gorgeous summer-like weather of late has had me thinking of all the fun activities that go along with the season. There is always swimming or barbecues, but nothing says summer quite like a trip to an amusement park! When I was little we would always go to Six Flag's Great America in Illinois, but perhaps some of you who grew up on the east coast visited the legendary Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey? The park closed in 1971, but prior to its closing, a popular program run by the park was the Miss American Teen-Ager pageant.

Started in 1960, the contest was open to young women ages 13 to 17. The winner received a bevy of awesome prizes -- some of which are listed on this entry form that appeared in Falling in Love #100 (July 1968).

DC often ran advertisements for the amusement park and frequently provided cut-out coupons for the park in their comic books. DC's involvement with the park didn't end there, however. The July 1968 issue of Girls' Romances (#134) featured the three page story, "Princess -- American Style" about Miss American Teen-Ager winner, Michele Patrick as interpreted by John Rosenberger.

Wow! A $5,000 wardrobe? That is the equivalent of over $30,000 today! That would buy a whole lot of clothes!!! But that wasn't all for the lucky winner...

How exciting it must have been to be Miss American Teen-Ager! They even sang a song to you during the pageant! Sleestak over at Lady, That's My Skull posted on this story a few years ago and received a bunch of really great comments from ladies who had been involved in the contest at various points during its run. Be sure to read them!

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Special Announcement - Appearance by Elizabeth Berube!

Aries Horoscope by Elizabeth
Secret Hearts
#143 (April 1970)

One of the organizers of the Midwest Comic Book Association informed me that the one and only Elizabeth (Liz Berube for those who are familiar with her coloring work) will be making her very first convention appearance at their SpringCon 2010! The convention is being held May 15th and 16th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. If you are in the area, you should totally check it out! Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, as I will be at the Motor City Comic Con that weekend. If you do go to SpringCon however, be sure to stop by and meet Elizabeth. Say hello for me too while you are at it! :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Look of Love

Greetings! As promised last week, I present to you The Look of Love - The Romantic Era of DC's Lois Lane, Supergirl and Wonder Woman, by yours truly! Click here to download a pay as you wish pdf version on Gumroad. This booklet was prepared in conjunction with a presentation I gave at the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association Annual Meeting held last week in St. Louis, MO.

Although I usually try to stick to the romance comics here at Sequential Crush, I couldn't resist presenting on these late 196os/early '70s issues of Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, Adventure Comics featuring Supergirl, Supergirl's short-lived solo title and Wonder Woman. As you will see, these issues embody many of the lovable qualities of romance comics. They also showcase the amazing artwork and fast paced stories by many of the same creative teams that worked on the romance comics including Win Mortimer, Werner Roth, John Rosenberger, Vince Colletta, Robert Kanigher, Tony DeZuniga, Mike Sekowsky and the recently departed Dick Giordano.

Please enjoy!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Look at What's to Come!

Hi friends! I am currently in St. Louis for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference! I am presenting a paper entitled, "The Look of Love - The Romantic Era of DC's Lois Lane, Supergirl and Wonder Woman" and learning lots of cool stuff about comics and pop culture! When I return early next week, I will be posting the paper here on Sequential Crush!

Have a wonderful weekend! See you next soon!!!