Friday, January 20, 2012
Last spring I shared with you a letter from the "As Jane Ford Sees It..." advice column written by a nine year-old reader. The above letter was featured in the "Ann Martin Counselor-at-Love" column in Secret Hearts #115 (October 1966) and speaks to a similar matter -- demographics of romance comic book readers. Our career girl, "Debra" at 28 years is quite a bit older than what one would normally think of as a romance comic book reader. But there she is anyhow, asking a question of Ann Martin as to whether she should settle or continue the hunt! I think we can definitively say that readers of the 1960s and '70s romance comics were at least between the ages of 9 and 28, with certainly some variance on either end. Quite a range really, and a little surprising too!