Thursday, August 9, 2012

Praise for the Romance Comics!

Usually advice columns were full of letters from young adults seeking advice. These two from 1966 and 1967, respectively, are a little different -- letters of praise for the DC romance comics!

"From Barbara Miles with Love"
Girls' Love Stories #122
(October 1966)

"Ann Martin Counselor-At-Love"
Secret Hearts #121
(July 1967)

Quite interesting short reads that give a glimpse into what young women thought about the romance comics at the time! I have found that quite a few people today rag on the romance comics of the '60s and '70s, citing that they are inferior to those of the '40s and '50s. However, it is clear from these letters that readers appreciated the "new type of realism" and style in which their generation of romance comics were written in. What do you think? Which time period of the romance comics do you find most intriguing?

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