Sequential Crush

Sequential Crush is the main site on the internet about American romance comics from the 1960s and 1970s.

Sequential Crush is devoted to preserving the memory of romance comic books and the creative teams that published them throughout the 1960s and 1970s. With an emphasis on viewing romance comics through a historical lens, Sequential Crush covers a wide variety of topics found in the genre including fashion, social issues, dating, and marriage.

Praise for sequential crush

“When we published the romance comics years ago, I never envisioned there would be an interest in them all these years later. But there is, and thankfully Jacque Nodell has preserved them with her blog, Sequential Crush. Though romance comics didn’t enjoy the same long term success that the superhero books did, we are indebted to Jacque and her commitment to digging up treasures that may otherwise be lost. Jacque’s knowledge of, and entertaining insight into the romance comics of the 1960s and ‘70s is impressive, and the stuff that great books are made of. ‘Nuff said.” -Stan Lee, comic book legend


“Kudos to Jacque Nodell and a lot of my gratitude, too. I’m going to have such a good time at her place.” -Jennifer Crusie, NYT Bestselling author


“Basically, Sequential Crush is amazing and transfixing and, often, unexpectedly touching. Each carefully curated post is like a tiny, hilarious, ridiculous, and/or moving time travel vessel that shows the reader that everything both changes and stays the same. Haha, that basically says nothing. I don't know, but I love them (it?) so much. Something about the way the old comics try to speak to the naked yearning of the teenage girl's soul are really beautiful and messy and just, ah, I don't know. It speaks to the naked yearnings of everyone's souls? Well, maybe not, but there's something there that I still haven't put my finger on. Anyway, it's been an absolute delight to read these past couple years.” -Edith Zimmerman, founding editor of The Hairpin


“Jacque Nodell balances keen insightful feminist perspectives with an almost unapologetic nostalgia for the romance genre.” -Sam Kieth, comic book creator


“Jacque Nodell's expertise and enthusiasm make her the perfect person to create an in-depth look at the often-overlooked 1960s and 1970s romance comics. This comics genre was on the way out, due to changes in society and
distribution problems in the industry itself, but Jacque vividly shows why the second half of the 30-year history of romance comics was in many ways the most creative half. She's a must-read for anyone with an interest in American pop culture of the era.” -Michelle Nolan, author of Love on the Racks



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