Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites - Masquerades!

October has to be one of the most beloved of months, don't you think? Not only are the leaves changing and the air getting crisp, Halloween is just around the corner! Now, much to my dismay, there are not many Halloween stories in the romance comics, but there are quite a few covers depicting masquerades. So many in fact, that it leads me to believe that most Americans were attending bi-weekly masquerade balls from the 1950s through the '70s! No?! They weren't? Oh...well, enjoy these covers anyway! Maybe you'll even get an idea for your Halloween costume! 


Masquerade balls in the romance comics are a convenient way to "test the waters" if you know what I mean. 

 Secret Hearts #68
(January 1961)

Despite a questionable background costume, this cover is colorful and fun! I dig it! 

Young Romance #142
(June/July 1966)

I know, I know. This issue of Girls' Love Stories is from the '50s, but it has a soft spot in my heart -doesn't the masked suitor look quite a bit like Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern?! I definitely need to add it to my collection someday! 

Girls' Love Stories #40*
(March/April 1956)

The kissing couple on this Charlton is delightful, but what I really love about it is the action-packed background!

Sweethearts #114
(January 1971)

A word bubble that reads, "You? Oh, no..." doesn't exactly make for a promising romance story, but it is darn entertaining! 

Love Diary #71*
(March 1971)

Credits: 1.) Secret Hearts #68 (January 1961) Pencils: John Romita 2.) Young Romance #142 (June/July 1966) Pencils: Jay Scott Pike 3.) Girls' Love Stories #40 (March/April 1956) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky 4.) Sweethearts #114 (January 1971) 5.) Love Diary #71 (March 1971)

*Cover image from the Grand Comics Database 

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  1. Cute. They also had a masquerade cover in Strange Adventures 67.
    A friend of mine who reads and used to write Regency romances says masked balls are a staple in that subgenre too

    1. Oh yes, I forgot about romance novels! Very good point.

  2. Not only does that one guy look like Alan Scott, the masqueraders on the first cover look like the old Green Arrow.

    1. He does! I was trying to think of a joke there about it, but I couldn't think of anything quippy enough!

  3. Great post, Jacque. I was going to post an image here of a First Kiss #10 cover with a masked ball theme, but I couldn't figure out how to post the image here. So I posted it on my Facebook page (with a plug for you, of course.)

    1. Thank you, John! I shared it over at the FB page. Love that cover!!!

  4. Dear Jacque: Hi! These covers are lots of fun. I would guess the pencils on the Girls' Love Stories 40 (the "Alan Scott" cover) are Mike Sekowsky. The young lady in the background definitely looks like his work.

    An additional masquerade cover (and one of the oldest comics in my collection) is this one, Girls' Romances 30, cover also by Sekowsky. Here's a link:

    1. I believe you are correct! (will update the credits) Thank you! :)

      That is also a fantastic cover!!!

  5.!dc/!other/girlslove/girlslove11.jpg One of my favorites in my collection Girls Love #11, June 1951

  6. These covers all super fun :) I kinda want to read the inside story on the "Young Romance" cover titled "Too Shy for Romance." Oh the agony!

    1. Hi lawlzlaura!

      I'm glad you liked them! Unfortunately, I don't have any immediate plans to post "Too Shy for Romance," BUT! I will be sharing "My Secret Love" (the cover story) from that issue as a special Halloween post for newsletter subscribers. So, if you want to read it, be sure to get on the list if you aren't already. You can sign up here:

      Thank you for reading :)