DC and Charlton Tackle the Zodiac

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

Oh this cover! It gets me every time! It is so kooky, sooo groovy... I absolutely love it. With it, Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) gave the world the gift of "Horoscope, Don't Fool With My Heart!" with art by Ric Estrada (yes, I have been on an Estrada kick lately!) and Vince "Love Him or Hate Him" Colletta. Since I myself am a Taurus (and it was my birthday this past Monday), this story is quite apropos. Enjoy, and be sure to read to the end of the post for an extra bonus story!  

Ginny is a devout believer of the zodiac. But as you will see, she soon learns that her intense reliance on it can also bring harm.

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

One morning Ginny wakes up, beside herself with excitement -- today is the day her horoscope predicts she will meet the man she is destined to fall in love with. She keeps her eyes peeled and her heart open. After all, who knows when Cupid will strike? 

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

After work, Ginny stays out on the town -- soaking up all the city has to offer, in search of her one true love.

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

Much to her disappointment, nothing pans out. Men of various astrological signs had passed her way all day, but none that she felt meshed with her Pisces sensibilities. But then, just before midnight as Ginny climbs into bed, there is a knock at her door. 

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

At the door is her upstairs neighbor, Walt. He can't find his key to get into his apartment and asks Ginny if he can use her fire escape window to enter his place. He then asks her if she will have dinner with him the following evening to make it up to her. Before agreeing, Ginny is sure to ask his sign. Taurus! A perfect match!

 Girls' Romances #152 (October 1970) Ric Estrada romance comic book sequential crush

And so, as their signs are compatible, Walt and Ginny go out on a date the next evening. And it goes great! Even though Walt does think she is kind of a nut.

  I exhibit   many of the classic Taurean symptoms -- artistically inclined, warm and loving... susceptible to sore throats? Ok, maybe not that one!

I exhibit many of the classic Taurean symptoms -- artistically inclined, warm and loving... susceptible to sore throats? Ok, maybe not that one!

Ginny is in heaven. But, her friends at work warn her that Walt will soon tire of the shtick, so she better get off her horoscope dependency. Ginny ignores their advice and continues to plan her and Walt's dating schedule around what her chart recommends. A few months later, when Walt is offered an amazing opportunity for a job interview, Ginny is ecstatic for him, until she reads his horoscope. Just as he is set to leave for the airport, Ginny calls him to her apartment. She has come down with a terrible fever and needs to be taken care of. Walt is sweet and forgoes the interview to take care of her citing, "Jobs are a dime a dozen... there's only one you!" But later in the day when Walt goes to give Ginny a soothing hug, he discovers that her illness was just a hoax to get him to stay!

 Girls' Romances comic book Ric Estrada

Though Ginny was just trying to protect him, Walt has decided he has had enough with her astrology obsession. Who can blame him really?

"...they're too much of an influence on you! I'm sorry, Ginny, but that's more tension than I can take!" 
 Girls' Romances comic book Ric Estrada

Just as Ginny swears off horoscopes for the rest of her life, Walt runs back down to her place after receiving a call from his boss. A big contract has come through that turns out to be a much better opportunity than the one he almost left for. Though in the end the zodiac was almost the downfall of their romance, it may just be the glue that keeps them together!

 Girls' Romances comic book Ric Estrada

This post wouldn't be complete without the following additional story from Charlton's Secret Romance #15 (October 1971), published one year after DC's "Horoscope, Don't Fool With My Heart!" As you read it, you will discover that it is eerily similar -- right on down to the conspicuous use of lingerie and the key forgetting, fire escape using, attractive Taurean neighbor. It is so similar in fact, it really can't be a coincidence. I am guessing that someone over at Charlton really dug "Horoscope" and was like, "We can totally do that!" And so they did, with signature Charlton bizarro factor. Read the Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?"

 Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?" Charlton romance comic book story
 Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?" Charlton romance comic book story
 Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?" Charlton romance comic book story
 Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?" Charlton romance comic book story
 Leandro Sesarego illustrated, "Taurus, Where Are You?" Charlton romance comic book story