Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Who Do You Think You Are, Mr. America?"



Here it is, folks -- the backlash! In Young Love #95 (May 1972) DC's editorial staff (Dorothy Woolfolk for this one) made the following announcement:


I love it! Letters telling Marc to shove it! How very democratic! We have everything from "I'll bet your feet smell" to "I'll find some way to SUE you for slander!" Bet you didn't think things got this heated in the letter columns of romance books! See for yourself!



On the flipside though, there were a few readers who "REALLY LIKE MARC!" Their sentiments range from the simple "I'm against Women's Lib" to an outspoken young lady who didn't want to be a "liberated, bra-less, unmarried crackpot!"



So there it is! The female reaction to Marc and his advice! I actually find the last little remark by the editors rather telling. In it they write, "Do you understand what the Women's Movement is? Would you like us to print more letters and articles about it?" It seems as if they were using the character of Marc to work in the concepts of the Women's Movement and gauge reader interest. Pretty smooth!

9 comments:

  1. I smell a scapegoat~! Anyhoo~ Womens' Lib will never occur so long as Women seek out Men who are less intelligent than themselves~! Come and get me, Ladies~!

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  2. Heheh, that writer obviously doesn't know what "slander" means; you can't do it in print.

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  3. Jacque: I love that worldly, smoldering gaze he gives in that photo – how did the ladies resist? As you say, it seems to me the editorial staff tossed our boy under the bus. Despite that one reader's fears scornful comments, I've always had a tender spot for single, bra-less crackpots. -- Mykal

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  4. Jacque: BTW - I have a new blog celebrating the grand tradition of War Comics. It is called Star-Studded War Comics! It is at http://www.comicbookwar.com/. You will find your excellent, romantic blog linked up there. If you like my new thing, perhaps a link? a "follow?" Sorry to promote my blog in your comments, but I couldn't find an email. -- Mykal

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  5. All's fair.

    --Marshall

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  6. Lysdexicuss: I wonder how the ladies would have responded to that!

    Pat: Hahaha. I am guessing she meant libel?

    Mykal: I think bra-less crackpots need love too! I will of course add Star-Studded War Comics to my blogroll. Although I love superheroes, I love to support the non-superhero genres!

    Marshall: Don't worry -- Marc will fight back soon enough!

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  7. I meant about Mykal promoting his "war" blog in your "love" blog. Another failed joke.

    --Marshall

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  8. Marshall: I missed that, too, but it's quite clever! -- Mykal

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  9. Oh Marshall, I am just dense! *kicking myself*

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