Super DC Giant S-17 Love 1970

Super DC Giant S-17, September-October 1970

Over on Sequential Crush—which is a blog you really ought to be reading—Jacque recently took a look at some classic romance covers by Nick Cardy. Well here’s one she missed: probably the most classic of them all.. This really is a beautiful piece of work by the esteemed artist, and surely one of the most gorgeous comics covers of all time. The fine, delicate brush strokes and full Cardy signature mark it out as something special: a smouldering, romantic masterpiece.

It’s a pretty rare issue, this, and it took me many years to track down a copy. I finally came across one on an auction site last year, and while it’s not in absolute top-notch condition it’s good enough for me—and I got it for a bargain price too, so I’m more than happy.

Super DC Giant was a reprint title, and the Love 1970 thing is a tad misleading, so this is 68 pages chock full of romance comics stories from the 1950s and 60s, with the occasional embellishment to update hairstyles for the new decade. “Unlucky Bride” sees Myrna pining after the rotter who dumped her at the wedding license bureau, while “The Love I Lost — Twice!” has some lovely solo Gil Kane art and concerns one Dina who finds meeting her former love’s new fiancee stirs up all kinds of feelings. Meanwhile, April O’Day, one of the first continuing characters in romance comics, finds a “Storm in My Heart” when a famous heart throb actor comes to town and she has to step in to reunite old lovers. And John Romita’s pencil says “Hello, Heartbreak!” as Lissy fears she’ll lose the love of her life—before she’s even met him!

The book is rounded out with a further three tales of love and heartbreak, two of them drawn by Mike Sekowsky. So, overall, it’s a lovely package of sumptuous artwork, even if the stories themselves haven’t dated well, and the heroines are often annoyingly wimpy.

There seems to be something of a resurgence of interest in romance comics of late, with several anthologies either on the shelf or soon to be. That can only be a good thing as the genre has for too long been ignored and treated as a footnote in comics history. It deserves better.

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