In a further attempt to appeal to its target audience, DC ramped up the soap opera aspects of its Romance comics in the late-60s. They introduced several serials that ran in each of the titles, with regular characters embroiled in much angst and incident. These were then backed up with the usual anthology mix of short stories. Here’s a nice ad for Secret Hearts, which ran in Falling in Love #100 (July, 1968). “Reach for Happiness” ran for several years, centering around Karen Wilder and her adventures in Danville Corners. It’s the kind of thing that was filling the newspaper strip pages during the 1950s with the likes of Mary Worth, Juliet Jones and Mary Perkins, but was unusual in comics.

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