Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tables of Contents in the DC Romance Comics

Hey everyone! I hope your new year is off to a great start! While I don't make resolutions (specific and actionable goals usually work better, don't ya think?) I am anticipating that this will be a big year for me and Sequential Crush. I am getting very close to finishing up the first draft for my book project, and come hell or high water, I will finish it and have it for sale before 2015 is over. Lots of life and day job things have come up and fought for my attention and energy over the latter part of 2014, but I am committed to having this book done in 2015! 

Now... on to the comics! Tables of contents in the romance comics of the late 1960s and 1970s were rare, and boy is that a shame! These gorgeous pages by the likes of Gray Morrow, Len Wein, and Elizabeth are truly a treasure, and certainly help spice up the indicia, as well as set the tone for the rest of the book.

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Secret Hearts #150
(March 1971)

Illustrated by Elizabeth and
George Tuska/Vince Colletta
Falling in Love #143
(October/November 1973)

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Young Love #82
(September/October 1970)

Illustrated by Elizabeth Berube
Girls' Love Stories #176
(February/March 1973)

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Secret Hearts #148
(December 1970)

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14 comments:

  1. Interesting!! I have to check my romance books for these!!

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    1. Let me know if you find others, Tony. I know there are more out there, but unfortunately neglected to keep track of them in my database. Happy hunting!

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  2. These are quite lovely - and yay! More Berube artwork!
    Otherwise, good luck on the book, Jacque.

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    1. Thank you, Edo!

      I know Ms. Berube is always delighted to see her artwork here. I hope I can always find more to share!

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  3. These are beautiful, Jacque--and I'm lucky to have the Girls' Love Stories 176 in my collection.

    I wonder if the editors only included a contents page when the story page count fell short. If that's the case, these contents pages certainly are a great bonus for us readers.

    And good luck with finishing the book project, too!

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    1. That is definitely a plausible explanation, David. I looked to see if they were perhaps substitutions for the other mandated text pages, but that didn't seem to be the case. Probably just more filler!

      Thank you for the book well wishes! I'll keep y'all updated!

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  4. I'm guessing those were from the period when DC turned some of its books into 100-pagers (higher price, more profit for retailers so hopefully more interest in stocking them, or so Archie Goodwin put it at the time). The super-hero 100-pagers also had TOCs.
    The Grey Morrow art is gorgeous.

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    1. A TOC is definitely helpful in those 100-pagers! The romance ones had them too (a few years after these beauties), primarily with art by Elizabeth.

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  5. Wonderful stuff. I particularly love the work of Gray Morrow and Liz Berube. Beautiful art and coloring.Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for calling attention to this pages. Amazing work by Gray Morrow...

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. They are gorgeous as are the fashion and astrology pages. I just discovered the DC late 60s-70s romance comics. I am enjoying them quite a lot. The designs and use of color are exciting.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Redmond Comic Review! I appreciate you taking the time to look through posts and leave your thoughts!

      I am so glad to hear you are enjoying the '60s/'70s issues. Exciting is such a good word. Whenever I add a new issue to my collection, I find it so thrilling to do that initial read of the issue. Even though not all stories are winners, so much of the art is to die for!

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