First Romance, no. 39

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Title

First Romance, no. 39

Description

According to Michelle Nolan, romance comics saturated the newsstands in 1950, resulting in "the Love Glut. In 1950, publishers kissed off no fewer than 117 of 147 romance titles" (62). Harvey's First Romance was one of the titles to survive. This particular issue of First Romance reprints stories of heartbreak and true love from First Romance #22 (1953), along with features like "Clothing Closeups," which instructs readers in fashion conventions, such as "Concealment is better than revealment!" While many genre comics are overtly fictional, this romance comic opens with a statement that its first story, "Heartbreak in Hollywood," is "dramatically, sensationally TRUE!" (Reference: Michelle Nolan, Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008.)

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Date

Contributor

Harvey, Leon H. (Leon Harvey), 1901- (Editor)
Avison, Al, 1920-1984 (Penciler & Inker)

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Language

English

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Still image

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Citation

“First Romance, no. 39,” Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT Libraries, accessed December 5, 2021, https://cary-exhibits.rit.edu/items/show/202.