Monday, April 29, 2013

Mad Mad Modes for Moderns Mondays - Geometry + Fashion = Romance!

"Mad Mad Modes for Moderns"
Girls' Love Stories #132 (January 1968)
Illustrated by Jay Scott Pike

It's been a while since we've had a "Mad Mad Modes for Moderns" around here, so let's start the week off with a gorgeous Pike piece. It's amazing that though this fashion spread is 45 years old, these outfits are just as relevant today as they were then. Maybe not the copy so much, but the dresses -- yes! Fashion illustration at its finest, my friends!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DC and Charlton Tackle the Zodiac

Oh this cover! It gets me every time! It is so kooky, sooo groovy... I absolutely love it. With it, Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) gave the world the gift of "Horoscope, Don't Fool With My Heart!" with art by Ric Estrada (yes, I have been on an Estrada kick lately!) and Vince "Love Him or Hate Him" Colletta. Since I myself am a Taurus (and it was my birthday this past Monday), this story is quite apropos. Enjoy, and be sure to read to the end of the post for an extra bonus story! 

Ginny is a devout believer of the zodiac. But as you will see, she soon learns that her intense reliance on it can also bring harm.

One morning Ginny wakes up, beside herself with excitement -- today is the day her horoscope predicts she will meet the man she is destined to fall in love with. She keeps her eyes peeled and her heart open. After all, who knows when Cupid will strike?

After work, Ginny stays out on the town -- soaking up all the city has to offer, in search of her one true love.

Much to her disappointment, nothing pans out. Men of various astrological signs had passed her way all day, but none that she felt meshed with her Pisces sensibilities. But then, just before midnight as Ginny climbs into bed, there is a knock at her door.

At the door is her upstairs neighbor, Walt. He can't find his key to get into his apartment and asks Ginny if he can use her fire escape window to enter his place. He then asks her if she will have dinner with him the following evening to make it up to her. Before agreeing, Ginny is sure to ask his sign. Taurus! A perfect match!


And so, as their signs are compatible, Walt and Ginny go out on a date the next evening. And it goes great! Even though Walt does think she is kind of a nut.

I exhibit many of the classic Taurean symptoms --
artistically inclined, warm and loving...
susceptible to sore throats?
Ok, maybe not that one!

Ginny is in heaven. But, her friends at work warn her that Walt will soon tire of the shtick, so she better get off her horoscope dependency. Ginny ignores their advice and continues to plan her and Walt's dating schedule around what her chart recommends. A few months later, when Walt is offered an amazing opportunity for a job interview, Ginny is ecstatic for him, until she reads his horoscope. Just as he is set to leave for the airport, Ginny calls him to her apartment. She has come down with a terrible fever and needs to be taken care of. Walt is sweet and forgoes the interview to take care of her citing, "Jobs are a dime a dozen... there's only one you!" But later in the day when Walt goes to give Ginny a soothing hug, he discovers that her illness was just a hoax to get him to stay!

Though Ginny was just trying to protect him, Walt has decided he has had enough with her astrology obsession. Who can blame him really?

"...they're too much of an influence on you!
I'm sorry, Ginny, but that's more tension than I can take!" 

Just as Ginny swears off horoscopes for the rest of her life, Walt runs back down to her place after receiving a call from his boss. A big contract has come through that turns out to be a much better opportunity than the one he almost left for. Though in the end the zodiac was almost the downfall of their romance, it may just be the glue that keeps them together!

This post wouldn't be complete without the following additional story from Charlton's Secret Romance #15 (October 1971), published one year after DC's "Horoscope, Don't Fool With My Heart!" As you read it, you will discover that it is eerily similar -- right on down to the conspicuous use of lingerie and the key forgetting, fire escape using, attractive Taurean neighbor. It is so similar in fact, it really can't be a coincidence. I am guessing that someone over at Charlton really dug "Horoscope" and was like, "We can totally do that!" And so they did, and with signature Charlton bizarro factor. Click on each page to enlarge and read the Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?"

Friday, April 12, 2013

Your Weekend Agenda, 1972 Edition - Getting Ready For a Date!

Going out tonight with that special someone? Have five hours to spare? Good! Then you are all set to prepare for a night on the town, romance comic book style! Just a warning -- this is quite the rigorous regimen, and you will need a raw egg. Curious to see what else getting ready for a date in 1972 entailed? Click the page below to keep reading!

"How To Get Ready For a Date"
Falling in Love #129
(February 1972)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I Know You Are Dying To Know... "The Truth About Men!"

I had quite the scare the other day... I thought my trusty computer died on me. But somehow, I was able to bring it back to life. Phew! Crisis averted and thankfully I didn't lose this post as I had originally thought! Anyway! This evening I have for you the beautifully illustrated "The Truth About Men," from Falling in Love #104 (January 1969).

As depicted on the cover, raven-haired beauty Noelle overhears her boyfriend Jim and his secret girlfriend discussing when they are going to break the news of their relationship to her. As Noelle runs off from the soda shop, Jim tries to stop her. When he catches up to her, he explains that he didn't want it to end like that. Fess up, Jim! You just didn't want to get caught!

Noelle is crushed. When she returns home she tries to figure out what went wrong. Naturally, she thinks back to the past. She never really had any reason to be jealous -- Jim always came back to her. Even the time when Noelle's little sister told her that she had witnessed Jim out with another girl, Noelle remained calm. Good thing too, because on that occasion, the "other woman" turned out to be Jim's cousin.

But no such luck this time. Jim's infidelity was real. To aid in her grieving, Noelle decides to pick up some reading material, and a romance comic at that -- Secret Hearts! After reading the issue, Noelle decides to write to advice columnist Ann Martin about what happened with Jim. 


And what do you know?! Noelle receives a letter back! Miss Martin writes...

"The reason he stopped loving you is because he never really loved you in the first place... and the sooner you learn to face that fact, the better off you'll be... My advice to you is to take yourself in hand... and get over it... start going out with other fellows as soon as you can..." 


Noelle takes Miss Martin's advice to heart and opens herself to the possibility of dating other guys. That very same day, Noelle meets Cary, and it is love at first sight. Just two weeks later they start going steady.

As their whirlwind romance is just getting started, Cary announces that he has to go out of town. He asks if Noelle will wait for him, and she of course agrees.

But... when a friend's brother comes home from college, all bets are off. Noelle is instantly attracted to Bill. She feels herself heading into slippery territory, so she makes a dash for it. 

Bill goes after her. Noelle explains that she is practically engaged and besides, she can't keep falling in and out of love like "an actress in a love movie." Bill tries to reason with her. If she can feel something for him, then she never loved Cary to begin with. And suddenly, Noelle is struck with a thought. A lack of true love is precisely what Ann Martin said about Jim's abandonment of her. Noelle explains this to Bill and realizes that she doesn't hate Jim for what he did to her, but rather, is thankful for it because it led to meeting Bill. Now... to just explain all this to Cary!

Besides the très mod Ric Estrada pencils, I love how this story incorporates a main element of the romance comics -- the advice column! Ann Martin sure had a corner on the whole "He's Just Not That Into You" thing didn't she?!

Candace Bushnell must have read romance comics
at some point in her formative years!

Friday, April 5, 2013

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I am sure you have heard -- Google Reader is going to shut down on July 1st. I know lots of you use it to read blogs such as this one right here. There are lots of alternatives and I hope that no matter what you choose that you will continue to read Sequential Crush! I personally would like to recommend Bloglovin'! It has a nice clean design. I really dig it and I think you will too! If you have any questions, please let me know! Have a great weekend!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Happenings - Fab Tresses!

Young Love #77 
(November/December 1969)

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! Wow, it's April -- hard to believe! Anyway, here is a gorgeous springy "Happenings!" featurette all about hair. I am still working on figuring out who this artist is, but one thought is Ric Estrada. No matter who was responsible, they did a nice job of really capturing the stylistic beauty of the late '60s!