Saturday, January 31, 2015

500 Posts + The Aquarius Woman Horoscope Page

"The Aquarius Woman"
Secret Hearts #150
(March 1971)

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a relaxing Saturday, and an excellent start to your weekend. If you are an Aquarius lady or if you know one, I think you'll really dig this DC horoscope page. It is especially fitting since the bulk of the comics we look at here on Sequential Crush are from the "Age of Aquarius!" I love these particular horoscope pages -- I have yet to dig them all up, but "The Gemini Woman" and "The Taurus Woman" are delightful as well. 

Today is a big day for the blog -- today's post is the 500th! I can hardly believe it. Though I'm more of a "slow blogger" these days, I am reminded of when I first started and thought to myself, "How long can I keep this up? Will I be able to make this last?" Well, here we are over six years and 500 posts later! I'm not quite where I want to be, but I feel like I'm getting closer every day. As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and I'd love to hear if you've had any favorite posts over the years! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday – Early Comic Book Memories

DC "Jam Poster"
Image from Heritage Auctions
Images from childhood can be hard to erase from the brain’s cache, especially when they are ones we remember providing us with intrigue and fuel for the imagination.

I've been thinking about the above image quite a lot lately. It is known as the DC “jam poster,” and was commissioned for The History of the DC Universe book in the late ‘80s. In it, many of the original artists depicted their own characters and signed their names at the bottom, including my grandfather. I never had the opportunity to see it, but a mural of it was even at the DC offices for years before it was replaced with an updated version. Over the past few months, I've been seeing the image pop up on my Facebook feed and in various articles, and it got me thinking -- was this the image that started my love affair with comic books?

Things are a bit hazy on this memory, but when I was about four years old, my grandparents received a copy of the poster. For whatever reason, it made its way over to our house. It was in a simple frame, and like many things in our home (a small house stuffed to the gills with five small children), it never quite made it up to a hanging position on the wall. But just because it wasn't displayed gallery-style is no indicator that it wasn't valued or loved.

Little me, one of my brothers,
and our maternal grandfather circa 1988.
I've asked some of my siblings if they remember the poster, and while they do, they don't really have any other memories of it besides it just being there. When I asked my oldest sister Shannon about the poster's place in the house, she remarked, “It's funny... I never felt like there was any sign of superhero stuff in my childhood at all. But I guess I just didn't really notice. Or it just blended in.”

I, on the other hand, will never forget its presence in our home and the impact it had on me.

Like I said before, perhaps this image is where my love of comic books started. I don't recollect doing it, but somehow, the framed poster would make its way down to the floor, just around the corner from the dining room table and next to the radiator. I would lie on my tummy (just as I would often do with my treasured Zoobooks), and for what seemed like hours, would go over the characters that were splayed out in front of me. I knew some of their names, especially Green Lantern, and Hawkman (who I was pretty sure was going to be my boyfriend someday), but others, I think I just made up. I remember being so filled with wonder at this poster. How could there be so many of these superheroes, and where did these people find such a big piece of paper to draw all of them on?!

When I started seeing the image of the poster online recently, I told my boyfriend, James, about my memories of it. He, knowing the way to this comic book-loving girl’s heart, found a copy for me as a gift. I'm looking forward to eventually getting it framed and up on our wall so I can soak it in for many years to come.

If this isn't where my love of comic books started, it is at least one of the first objects I encountered in my childhood that set me on the path to enjoying the various art styles by these dynamic artists. If you look closely at the signatures at the bottom of the poster, you'll see many of the artists who in addition to their better-known superhero work, contributed to the romance genre that we love so dearly here at Sequential Crush including Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, Kurt Schaffenberger, Joe Staton, Jim Steranko, Dick Giordano, Murphy Anderson, and my grandfather, Mart Nodell.

There isn't much to this story, just a small memory that I wanted to share with you all. As always, thank you so much for reading.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tables of Contents in the DC Romance Comics

Hey everyone! I hope your new year is off to a great start! While I don't make resolutions (specific and actionable goals usually work better, don't ya think?) I am anticipating that this will be a big year for me and Sequential Crush. I am getting very close to finishing up the first draft for my book project, and come hell or high water, I will finish it and have it for sale before 2015 is over. Lots of life and day job things have come up and fought for my attention and energy over the latter part of 2014, but I am committed to having this book done in 2015! 

Now... on to the comics! Tables of contents in the romance comics of the late 1960s and 1970s were rare, and boy is that a shame! These gorgeous pages by the likes of Gray Morrow, Len Wein, and Elizabeth are truly a treasure, and certainly help spice up the indicia, as well as set the tone for the rest of the book.

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Secret Hearts #150
(March 1971)

Illustrated by Elizabeth and
George Tuska/Vince Colletta
Falling in Love #143
(October/November 1973)

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Young Love #82
(September/October 1970)

Illustrated by Elizabeth Berube
Girls' Love Stories #176
(February/March 1973)

Illustrated by Gray Morrow
Script by Len Wein
Secret Hearts #148
(December 1970)

Happy New Year!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Romance Comic Link Roundup!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! If you are off from work and doing a little relaxing, here are a few romance-related links for you to check out!

Don't get me wrong. I love the bell-bottoms
and polyester stylings of the '60s and '70s romances,
but a prairie bonnet in a romance comic?
Sign me up!

This one, over at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine features a short story combining two of my favorite things -- presidential history and romance comics! Read the story of Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge as featured in the 1950s romance comic, Thrilling Romances.

Scott Edelman has been delving into romance stories over at Comic Book Plus and has found a couple intriguing ones revolving around that touchy subject of weight. One story, "Too Fat for Love" ends pretty typically, while the second, "Was I Too Fat to Be Loved?" may just surprise you. Check 'em out!

A new romance comic?
Yayyyyy!!!

Over on Facebook and Twitter I mentioned that I had the honor of writing an afterword for a new romance comic from Jamie S. Rich, Megan Levens, and Oni Press titled, Ares & Aphrodite: Love Wars. It will be out in April, so be sure to watch this space for more info as the time gets nearer. In the meantime, get your Jamie S. Rich fix by checking out his other new book (with Joélle Jones), Lady Killer which will hit comic book stores in January. Here's a preview! Though dark, fans of romance comics will definitely appreciate the mid-century style.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Holiday Wish for You

"Look the Other Way!"
Pencils: Mike Sekowsky, Inks: Bernard Sachs 
Secret Hearts #85 (January 1963)

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you are enjoying some quality cozy time with your loved ones, and enjoying the festive season! As we celebrate and leave 2014 behind us, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who takes the time to read the blog and keep up with all the goings on of Sequential Crush. I'm looking forward to a new year, and I hope you'll join me for more romance in 2015!   

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