"Ashamed of Her Love!" or The Allure of the Bad Boy on a Motorcycle
Hello there! Today I have for you a little story from Falling in Love #96 (January 1968) called "Ashamed of Her Love!" The cover was penciled by Jay Scott Pike, and interior art chores were done by Howard Purcell and Jack Abel (as listed by the Grand Comics Database). As you will see from the get-go, a couple of the pages have a sort of ghostly painted component to them that makes the story visually stand out a bit from the pack.
The time has come for Steve to head off for his last year of law school. Dina (accompanied by her friend Irene) sees him off at the airport. Steve is hopeful for the future and their impending nuptials, but it is obvious Dina is a little more apprehensive over the separation.
Irene comforts Dina by asking her what first attracted her to Steve. Dina then goes on about all of Steve's qualities. When Dina drops Irene off, Irene reminds her not to get too down about it all.
But, that is no easy task. Naturally, Dina is sad and lonesome for her guy. No matter where she goes or who she sees, she can't escape Steve's name.
A month after Steve's departure, Dina is out walking and runs into an old classmate -- Jerry Welky. The two catch up, and a little flirtation ensues. Dina tells him that she is Steve's steady and Jerry tells Dina that his girlfriend is out on the coast, so he's stranded there all alone.
Jerry proposes that the two "comfort" each other while their sweethearts are away and hang out as pals. Their first activity as friends? A high-speed (and very touchy, I might add) motorcycle ride.
Turns out Dina isn't impressed by Jerry's daredevil ways. But, at the same time, she can't resist him. Though he teases her and is generally a jerk to her, Dina keeps going back for more.
That is until one day, when he introduces Dina to his crew as his "hen." When Dina confronts him about his linguistic ownership over her, he tells her to flake off. But like the bad boy (read: jerk) that he is, Jerry predicts that she'll be back.
At home, Dina cries tears of frustration. She knows she wants to go back to Jerry, but what about Steve? How could she forget about him so easily?
Despite her conflicted heart, Dina makes her way back to Jerry. A very pitiful facial expression ensues.
But things can't be fun and motorcycle rides forever. A week later, reality strikes. Steve has come back to surprise Dina with a visit. She realizes upon seeing him how foolish she has been to fall for Jerry, for it is Steve she truly loves. Thanks to Dina's mom, Steve knows all about it (hence the visit) but tells her it is all over and forgotten now. Obviously no one cleared that with Jerry, because he shows up at Dina's door and confidently walks right on in.
Despite another brief bout of confusion over her feelings, Dina announces that she is most certainly not Jerry's "chick," but that she is Steve's steady! Jerry then has a bit of a meltdown, and Dina sees him for what he really is. He isn't a tough guy! He's a huge baby! Steve is the real man.
See? Nice guys do finish first, and "Ashamed of Her Love!" proves it. In later stories, generic bad boys such as Jerry would be replaced by "long-haired" hippies and other members of the counterculture. But for the overwhelming majority of romance stories, good, clean-cut guys such as Steve would get (and continue to get) the girl.