A Collection of One-Pagers

Not all stories in romance comics were full length. Below are seven one-page stories from both DC and Charlton romance titles. What they lack in breadth, they sure make up in charm!

  "A Kiss in Time"  Just Married  #67 (October 1969) Pencils and inks by Charles Nicholas

"A Kiss in Time" Just Married #67 (October 1969) Pencils and inks by Charles Nicholas

Done in this divergent style, Henry Boltinoff (of Super-Turtle fame) shows romance readers the elusive male perspective.

  "Teen Fables"  Girls' Romances  #155 (March 1971) Script, pencils and inks by Henry Boltinoff

"Teen Fables" Girls' Romances #155 (March 1971) Script, pencils and inks by Henry Boltinoff

One-pagers weren't all done for the gag. Some were quick and simple ways to convey romantic norms and expectations.

  "Days to Remember"  Just Married  #93 (March 1973) Pencils by Charles Nicholas, Inks by Vincent Alascia

"Days to Remember" Just Married #93 (March 1973) Pencils by Charles Nicholas, Inks by Vincent Alascia

Some, such as "Pen Pal!" were effective because of their clever punchline.

  "Pen Pal!"  Just Married  #100 (May 1974) As rendered by Art Cappello

"Pen Pal!" Just Married #100 (May 1974) As rendered by Art Cappello

The two following one-pagers from DC (from titles Young Romance and Young Love, respectively) are some of the last the company would publish in the disappearing genre of romance.

  "The Movie!"  Young Romance  #205 (May/June 1975)

"The Movie!" Young Romance #205 (May/June 1975)

  "Two-Timing...Darling!"  Young Love  #121 (October 1976) Pencils by Mike Sekowsky, Inks by Dick Giordano

"Two-Timing...Darling!" Young Love #121 (October 1976) Pencils by Mike Sekowsky, Inks by Dick Giordano

"Shadow from the Past" is by an artist you don't normally see associated with romance comics -- Mike Vosburg. Vosburg was the artist who drew the majority of the covers that appeared at the beginning of the television show, Tales from the Crypt. By the time this one-pager was published in 1979, romance comics had all but vanished.

  "Shadow from the Past"  I Love You  #127 (December 1979), Pencils and inks by Mike Vosburg

"Shadow from the Past" I Love You #127 (December 1979), Pencils and inks by Mike Vosburg