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“Let’s do some rapping, business-wise.”

§ April 2nd, 2014 § Filed under love is in the air § 10 Comments

Corine pays a visit to the Songbird Music Agency in an attempt to obtain a recording contract:

Alas, our young friend ends up learning a harsh lesson about the music biz.


from Secret Romance #47 (December 1979)

You’re going to what now?

§ July 19th, 2013 § Filed under love is in the air § 4 Comments


 
 

from Love and Romance #6 (June 1972)

So how do you get me to buy Modeling with Millie?

§ July 8th, 2013 § Filed under love is in the air § 10 Comments

Well, actually, it doesn’t take much to get me to take a look at a Millie the Model comic, but by God, if it’s filled with art by Herbie cocreator Ogden Whitney, it’s a must-buy!


Whitney had illustrated several romance books during his career, but I haven’t come across too many of them at the shop, simply because romance comics are few and far between in the collections we see. But, just this past week, we picked up a pretty good stack of ’60s and ’70s romance titles in conditions that we can charitably describe as “mostly readable.” This particular issue, Modeling with Millie #54 (June 1967), also the last of this particular iteration of Millie the Model comics, was actually one of the better-conditioned copies in the collection, topping off at a glossy Fair to Good.

And oh man, the art inside…even when Whitney was trying to play it straight, the characters usually looked like the wiring needed some work behind their eyes, there:


Or here, where you can enjoy some ’60s-style rockin’ and / or rollin’ lyrics along with a swell fashion display from Millie (click on the following image to Super-Millie-Size it):


More snappy lyrics, more splendid fashion:


The last story of the book opens with Millie getting way into Fantastic Four #63:


…which makes her wish for superpowers of her own:


…though she gets derided a bit for her choice of reading material:


That doesn’t stop Millie from dreaming herself up as a superhero:


…and performing incredible feats of strength while providing important moral messages:


“Also, don’t snap bad guys’ necks! Excelsior, friends!”

And is this Whitney’s only drawing of the Thing?

I don’t know just how much Marvel work he did, but I would have paid good money to read an Ogden Whitney-drawn Fantastic Four story.
 
 

images from Modeling with Millie #54 (June 1967) by Gary Friedrich and Ogden Whitney

They don’t write comic book ad copy like that anymore.

§ December 9th, 2011 § Filed under advertising, love is in the air § 10 Comments


house ads from Witches Tales #21 (October 1953)

“He believes in direct action!”

§ May 3rd, 2010 § Filed under love is in the air § 15 Comments

SUDDENLY…

AND THEN…

WITHOUT WARNING…

TO SUM UP…

from Love Diary #43 (April / May 1966)

And I certainly hope you all are happy to be Italian today, too.

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from Secret Romance #33 (July 1973)


Happy Valentine’s Day from Progressive Ruin Industries!

Mikester’s Romance Monday #3: The Single Greatest Page to Ever Have Appeared in a Romance Comic – from Love Diary #81 (Dec. 1972).

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illustrated by Art Cappello

Mikester’s Romance Monday #2: Charlton House Ad (Dec. 1982).

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My favorite logo of the bunch is probably this one:


There’s always time for swinging, baby!

Mikester’s Romance Monday #1: How to Keep Your Lady in Line – from For Lovers Only #70 (March 1973).

§ August 27th, 2007 § Filed under love is in the air Comments Off


illustrated by Charles Nicholas

Yes, I know I posted one of these just a few days ago, but I’ve been busy and it’s all I’ve got.

§ March 6th, 2007 § Filed under love is in the air Comments Off



from I Love You #112 (May ’75)

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