"Girl on the Run!"
Girls' Love Stories #115
"The Strange Tree"
Mystic #1 (March 1951)
Scan from The Horrors of It All
"The Life of the Party!"
Pencils: John Guinta, Inks: Manny Stallman
Young Love #6 (December 1949)
Scan from the Simon and Kirby Blog
Stallman only worked on a few DC romance stories in the '60s, but they are quite special. Not only are they rare, but they posses a certain fervid charm. What a shock it must have been for romance readers in the mid-sixties to encounter art and layouts so drastically unique as his!
"Burn, Heart -- Burn!"
Girls' Love Stories #113
Later on in his career, Stallman did get to that advertising work he had intended on when he was a teen. He went on to draw promotional comics for the ice cream chain, Baskin-Robbins, as well as for Big Boy. In his fantastic tribute to Stallman (which is definitely worth a read if you have a few minutes), Mark Evanier explains, "Manny’s Big Boy stories were just like Manny: sweet and utterly bizarre."
Adventures of Big Boy #73
Scan from the Grand Comics Database
Stallman passed away in 1997, but from all accounts, he is remembered as a genuinely kind man and a certainly interesting (though relatively unknown) part of comic book industry history. Now that I know what his art looks like, I will be sure to keep an eye out for more in the 1960s romance books and report back in a future post if I find any! What do you think of Stallman's romance work?