Sunday, November 15, 2009

Can This Romance be Saved?

Occasionally, the romance comics would run contests. Sometimes they were for poetry or recipes. In this instance, "Can This Romance be Saved," was designed to have readers decide a couple's romantic fate.



The following plight of Bruce and Lisa appeared in Girls' Love Stories #169 (May 1972). Chronicling the problem through the eyes of both parties involved, the readers were then asked to put on their "thinking caps," and write in with advice for the desperate couple.



What do you think? Should Bruce and Lisa have broken up or taken the plunge and gotten married? And oh yeah, first place answer is worth $10! Ok, just kidding on that! :)

9 comments:

  1. Two solutions: 1) Bruce overcomes his fear of being laughed at, and his general shyness, by starting his own ongoing series of MUSIC APPRECIATION parties, inviting some of Lisa's friends and his own (if he has any). Each guest brings their own record and everyone listens and they all talk about why they love/hate like/dislike each track, which leads to fun times, understanding, and helps the bond between Lisa & Bruce grow more rewarding etc.

    2) They still get married, but accept each other for who they are and pursue their hobby/passions seperately (until Lisa cheats on him @ a dance one night, but that's another sob story).

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  2. Good lord, these people are considering getting married at 19 and 23 years old? It's 1972, people. Neither of you should be in an exclusive relationship. DC Comics is not going to spell it out for you, but I will. Lisa, spend the next decade screwing around and then marry a 45-year-old professional from Squaresville and either settle down and become the mother of his children or cheat on him constantly with the hired help and spend his money. Bruce, get your professional life in order and spend the next three decades screwing around. Then if you meet a really amazing twenty-something and can't resist the marital urge, get a pre-nup.

    --Marshall

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  3. Jacque: This is not a match made in heaven. While opposites attract, my field research indicates that they rarely last long in a relationship. What at first seems charming or sweet (like Lisa's outgoing nature or Bruce's intellectual aggressiveness) will soon send each screaming into the night.

    My heart goes out more to Lisa in this scenery. Beware the man who tells a woman she needs to "mature." In this case, insecure Bruce is scared witless of people and any social situation. His answer? Turn his nose up at fun and accuse Lisa of being childish. Great. So she isn't supposed to have lively friends now? God forbid people make a little noise now and then - Bruce just gets unhinged. Also, I find his need to educate her troubling. It’s just a way he keeps himself in the catbird seat.

    Plus, Bruce is a bit of a whiner. Back out now, Lisa while there is still time. If the choice boils down to Bruce and partying – well, let’s get this party started! -- Mykal

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  4. Both Bruce and Lisa need to be think about their relationship. Lisa is young and wants to have a good time. Although she cares for Bruce, she can't reconcile his lifestyle with hers. Bruce wants Lisa to change and believes he "knows" what Lisa wants. This inevitably leads to problems when one partner wants to control the other. They both have to ask themselves "what do we have in common?" What do they want for their future, which as they grow older, will not just consist of parties and concerts, but of work and responsibilities. If both Lisa and Bruce are only concerned with having a good time, they are not being realistic and I suspect neither is ready for a full time commitment.

    ...Now, where's my 10 bucks, Jacque :)

    Nick C.

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  5. Great answers, all of you!!! I especially like the music appreciation parties idea, Lysdexicuss!

    Bravo to all!!! :) If I had 40 bucks to dish out, I sure would!

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  6. It's ok, Jacque, I'm not greedy, I'll settle for 5 bucks....

    ....A dollar?

    ...some change for a cup of coffee??

    Nick C.

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  7. Alright, alright, Nick. I think I can handle some coffee :) Perhaps even a pastry to boot.

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  8. The hard thing is figuring out where they are in their lives. Bruce is 23, I assume (given his other interests) that he's graduated from college. Is he in the work force, or is he going for an advanced degree? Lisa's 19, so is she in college, or just "hanging out"? If they're both continuing their education then maybe things can work out, because they do complement each other, and they do both seem to want to continue the relationship. But if she's in college and he's in the work force, I doubt it will, because there will be plenty of parties at school, and he's not going to be into that scene.

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  9. The school thing is a good point. I didn't think of this. If they were in school together they could have probably found other things to do together also, study, see films, go to lectures. Lisa seems a little wild though -- maybe attending college parties whilst not attending class?

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