Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from Sequential Crush!























I hope you and your loved ones are having a very special Valentine's Day! Thank you for all the love and joy you bring to my life as devoted readers. Enjoy these little tokens of my affection!

Happy Valentine's Day!

11 comments:

  1. Hi! I just recently found your blog (through Comically Vintage) and read voraciously! I'm all the way back to 2012! Haha

    I was wondering, though...

    There's a little romance comic I love called "Ring on Her Finger." The art's by Alex Toth, and I read it in a book of reprints of his comics (Setting the Standard is the title). Have you ever read it? I think it's very sweet, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

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  2. Hi! Happy Valentines Day! I just found your blog through Comically Vintage and have been reading it voraciously. I'm all the way back to 2012 :)

    Have you ever read a story called "Ring On Her Finger", with art by Alex Toth? I read it in the back of a collection called Setting The Standard and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

    (*after research* It seems it originally appeared in THRILLING ROMANCES #24 ???)

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    1. Hi, Madeleine! I'm so glad you found the blog and that you are enjoying catching up!

      I hadn't read the story before, but I was able to find it on the Digital Comic Museum and I gave it a read! (If anyone else reading this conversation wants to see the story it can be found here: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=24074)

      First off, the Toth art is of course fantastic -- I wouldn't expect anything less from him. I also really liked the title font!

      The story itself is a common one in the romance comics. The "evil" cousin/relative that comes to visit always loses out in the end and reveals herself to be snobby and vindictive. I found the story to be quite "true to life" in some aspects especially having been a boy-crazy teenager myself back in the day! I'm not proud of it, but I admit that I "hunted" a boy or two when I was in high school. I wish I had headed Amy's advice to herself on page 5 (the last panel) when she implores herself to quit hurting herself. The struggle of that panel certainly rings true! Overall, though, as an adult I wish Amy would have just moved on and forgotten about Rick. But, I can totally see how the story would have appealed to younger readers looking for confirmation in their crushes. It certainly is a romantic fantasy -- and isn't that what the romance comics are all about?!

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    2. Haha, yes! That's one of the things I like best about them! :)

      I do agree that in pretty much all "real-world" cases it would have been better to move on, but I think that maybe my favorite aspect of the story was actually Rick--he had a very rational response to all of Amy's craziness at the beginning, but he wasn't perfect. Over the story he grew up quite a bit, too. Not only that, but he stayed sympathetic throughout. I thought it was surprising how fleshed out his personality was.

      (Also, thanks for giving such a lengthy and thoughtful reply so quickly!)

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    3. You are so welcome! I always appreciate suggestions on '40s and '50s romance stories to read!

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  3. "You're as rare a a Steranko romance story"
    You are a genius! :D

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    1. Thank you, Luca! :) I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  4. These are very clever, Jacque--cute, too!

    Happy belated Valentine's Day to you!

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    1. Why thank you! :) I hope you and the hubby had a romantic Valentine's Day!

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  5. I don't know who Charlton or Steranko are, but these are cute Valentine's blurbs anyways! Great meeting you at hip hop yesterday!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Mary! Who knows... maybe comic books will grow on ya! ;) It was so nice meeting you too!!!

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