Friday Favorites - Masquerades!

October has to be one of the most beloved of months, don't you think? Not only are the leaves changing and the air getting crisp, Halloween is just around the corner! Now, much to my dismay, there are not many Halloween stories in the romance comics, but there are quite a few covers depicting masquerades. So many in fact, that it leads me to believe that most Americans were attending bi-weekly masquerade balls from the 1950s through the '70s! No?! They weren't? Oh...well, enjoy these covers anyway! Maybe you'll even get an idea for your Halloween costume! 

   Secret Hearts  #68 (January 1961) Pencils: John Romita

Secret Hearts #68 (January 1961) Pencils: John Romita

Despite a questionable background costume, this cover is colorful and fun! I dig it! 

   Young Romance  #142 (June/July 1966) Pencils: Jay Scott Pike

Young Romance #142 (June/July 1966) Pencils: Jay Scott Pike

I know, I know. This issue of Girls' Love Stories is from the '50s, but it has a soft spot in my heart -doesn't the masked suitor look quite a bit like Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern?! I definitely need to add it to my collection someday! 

   Girls' Love Stories  #40 (March/April 1956) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky, Image from the Grand Comics Database

Girls' Love Stories #40 (March/April 1956) Pencils: Mike Sekowsky, Image from the Grand Comics Database

The kissing couple on this Charlton is delightful, but what I really love about it is the action-packed background!

   Sweethearts  #114 (January 1971)

Sweethearts #114 (January 1971)

A word bubble that reads, "You? Oh, no..." doesn't exactly make for a promising romance story, but it is darn entertaining! 

   Love Diary  #71 (March 1971)

Love Diary #71 (March 1971)