Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Favorites - The Late Romance Covers of Charlton

For all the truly bizarre romance covers Charlton published over the years, there are some equally stunning ones. In the years just prior to the demise of the genre, exquisite covers such as these were created -- many by the hands of the talented cadre of Hispanic artists that Charlton employed. In my opinion, the following five are some of the most beautiful covers in the entirety of romance comics.

 I Love You #130
(May 1980)

Just Married #111
(June 1976)

Secret Romance #35
(November 1975)

Teen Confessions #76
(October 1972)

Time for Love #47
(May 1976)

Credits: 1.) I Love You #130 (May 1980), originally from My Only Love #3 (November 1975) 2.) Just Married #111 (June 1976) Illustrated by: Jorge Badia Romero 3.) Secret Romance #35 (November 1975) Illustrated by: Gustave Pujalte 4.) Teen Confessions #76 (October 1972) Illustrated by: Tony Tallarico 5.) Time for Love #47 (May 1976) Illustrated by Jorge Badia Romero

16 comments:

  1. Magnificent stuff! Especially #1. Thanks for keeping up this great blog.

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    1. Thank you so much for saying so, Kingsley!!!

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  2. Love it! Love it! Love it! :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Artizania!

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  3. Great covers all. I'd add I Love You #114 by my man Enrique Nieto, because it's a change from the "clinch in the foreground" composition and because I love her, "Face it, tiger--you just hit the jackpot!" expression.

    http://www.comics.org./issue/244008/cover/4/

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    1. That one is definitely a unique cover! The silhouette of the couple is my fave part.

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  4. So much beautiful hair! Fantastic.

    Wes

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  5. I like the first one best as well, but they are all quite lovely.

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    1. All such different styles, but all so beautiful.

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  6. #5 could have been iconic with a nice ink-wash background. Still beautiful art. :)

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    1. That one is lifted from an interior image, actually.

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  7. I suspect Wendy Fiore may have been the colorist on I Love You #130 (my favorie of the group). She worked for Charlton from 1975 to 1985(?)and was the best colorist Charlton ever had. IMHO, of course.

    Jake Oster

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  8. I wish there was more information about her out there, Jake. I'm not finding too much.

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  9. Jacque: Much of what I know of Wendy Fiore comes from a post by Nick Cuti on the Yahoo Groups Charlton-list way back in 2001:

    Wendy Fiore was a colorist for Charlton from the mid-1970s on. Wendy was a young girl who was confined to a wheelchair. She sent samples to our offices requesting work and George Wildman hired her as a colorist. She turned out to be quite good and very reliable and was easy to work with and, with the money she made at Charlton, she was able to help finance a special van to accommodate her wheel chair. Although I worked with Wendy on a few projects, we were never close friends and didn’t keep in touch after I left Charlton. As far as I know she and her family still live in Connecticut.

    Wendy colored most of the E-Man series from Charlton, but apparently she also colored the E-Man series from First. Unfortunately a quick Internet search indicates she may be deceased.

    Jake Oster

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    1. Thank you for the info, Jake. If you learn anything more, please let me know. :)

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