Call Me Maybe - Telephones in Romance Comics!

If romance comics could talk! "Telephone Hour" from the 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie

I am sure like me, many of you are reliant upon text messaging, Facebook, and email to communicate with friends and family. But, I am sure many of you can also remember (as I can) a time not so long ago when the land-based telephone was the number one device used to keep in touch. I feel like I was constantly on the phone as a teen! Though I hardly remember now what all that chatting was about, it clearly served a purpose to me and my friends. And you bettcha -- most of the time our phone conversations revolved around gossip, who was cute, and who was even more cute. Seeing as our beloved romance comics took place when telephones were the most high-tech devices in most people's lives, it is no surprise that they figure pretty prominently in the stories. Below are just a few examples for you of telephones delivering news both good and bad! 

"Happily Ever After!" Young Love #63 (September/October 1967) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky

"Happily Ever After!" Young Love #63 (September/October 1967) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky

"Mismatch" Sweethearts #98 (June 1968) Pencils and Inks: Ernesto R. Garcia

"Mismatch" Sweethearts #98 (June 1968) Pencils and Inks: Ernesto R. Garcia

"Letter to a Lost Love!" Girls' Romances #136 (October 1968) Pencils and Inks: John Romita

"Letter to a Lost Love!" Girls' Romances #136 (October 1968) Pencils and Inks: John Romita

"No More Kid's Kisses" Teen Confessions #76 (October 1972)

"No More Kid's Kisses" Teen Confessions #76 (October 1972)

"When I Really Fall in Love!" Falling in Love #138 (November/December 1972) Inks: Vince Colletta

"When I Really Fall in Love!" Falling in Love #138 (November/December 1972)
Inks: Vince Colletta

"He's Hers, But -- I Want Him!" Our Love Story # 21 (February 1973) Pencils: Gene Colan, Inks: Dick Ayers

"He's Hers, But -- I Want Him!" Our Love Story # 21 (February 1973) Pencils: Gene Colan, Inks: Dick Ayers

"Ask Him What He Thinks of Me!" Young Romance #196 (November/December 1973) Pencils: Creig Flessel

"Ask Him What He Thinks of Me!" Young Romance #196 (November/December 1973) Pencils: Creig Flessel

"Leaving on a Jet Plane!" My Love #30 (September 1974) Pencils: Jack Katz, Inks: Frank Giacoia

"Leaving on a Jet Plane!" My Love #30 (September 1974) Pencils: Jack Katz, Inks: Frank Giacoia

Gee, never has an inanimate object caused so much drama!