Mustache Mania!

Mustaches in the 1970s vintage books

Mustaches have been in vogue at various times throughout human history, but never were they quite as impressive as they were in the 1970s. The '70s was the era of the mustache -- everyone wore them... televisions stars, movie stars, and yes, even my father.

I wouldn't ride around in metal basketry until years later... My oldest sister, Shannon -- all too fortunate to be a child of the '70s!

I wouldn't ride around in metal basketry until years later... My oldest sister, Shannon -- all too fortunate to be a child of the '70s!

But my dad and those celebrities were not the only ones sporting a mustache in the '70s, believe you me. Romance comic book characters did as well! Not only were mustaches fashionable, but in the romance comics, the mustache helped to convey a variety of male archetypes and embody varying degrees of characterization... as you will soon see!

Charlton was ahead of the mustache game with this flirtatious "adult education" teacher character. "A Kiss for Teacher" Career Girl Romances #47 (October 1968)

Charlton was ahead of the mustache game with this flirtatious "adult education" teacher character. "A Kiss for Teacher" Career Girl Romances #47 (October 1968)

Some mustached men left heartache in their wake! "When Love Dies" Secret Hearts #142 (March 1970)

Some mustached men left heartache in their wake! "When Love Dies" Secret Hearts #142 (March 1970)

Mustaches were no guarantee to a woman's affections, however. "One More Chance!" Heart Throbs #146 (October 1972)

Mustaches were no guarantee to a woman's affections, however. "One More Chance!" Heart Throbs #146 (October 1972)

Mustaches came in all colors and were worn by men of all occupations, including this hardworking construction worker... "Happiness Now" Just Married #110 (April 1976)

Mustaches came in all colors and were worn by men of all occupations, including this hardworking construction worker... "Happiness Now" Just Married #110 (April 1976)

...and this Vietnam deserter. "One Heart Must Break!" Our Love Story #15 (February 1972)

...and this Vietnam deserter. "One Heart Must Break!" Our Love Story #15 (February 1972)

oung, handsome rebels of the romance comics were prone to keeping their upper lip hairs festive... "One Husband, Two Loves!" Girls' Love Stories #157 (February 1971)

oung, handsome rebels of the romance comics were prone to keeping their upper lip hairs festive... "One Husband, Two Loves!" Girls' Love Stories #157 (February 1971)

...as were the single fathers of the romance comics. "Cupid is a Monster" Romantic Story #116 (December 1971)

...as were the single fathers of the romance comics. "Cupid is a Monster" Romantic Story #116 (December 1971)

Not all female romance comic book characters were fans of the 'stache. "The Boy Who Can't Be Mine!" My Love #29 (July 1974)

Not all female romance comic book characters were fans of the 'stache. "The Boy Who Can't Be Mine!" My Love #29 (July 1974)

The mustached men of the romance comics were suave. Sometimes too suave for their own good. "Lisa -- Make Up Your Mind!" Young Love #101 (November 1972)

The mustached men of the romance comics were suave. Sometimes too suave for their own good. "Lisa -- Make Up Your Mind!" Young Love #101 (November 1972)

Though this leading lady may have loved two men, it wouldn't be for long. For some ladies, mustaches = a nightmare! "I Loved Two Men" Girls' Love Stories #165 (January 1972) 

Though this leading lady may have loved two men, it wouldn't be for long. For some ladies, mustaches = a nightmare! "I Loved Two Men" Girls' Love Stories #165 (January 1972) 

"Bad News!" Falling in Love #143 (October/November 1973)

"Bad News!" Falling in Love #143 (October/November 1973)

But in the end, sometimes it is the guy with the mustache that wins over the girl's heart!!! "First Date!" Falling in Love #142 (August/September 1973)  

But in the end, sometimes it is the guy with the mustache that wins over the girl's heart!!! "First Date!" Falling in Love #142 (August/September 1973)