Saturday, January 30, 2010

Young Love Featurette - How We Met

The later years of DC's Young Love had more than its fair share of slightly kooky stories and featurettes. One recurring featurette that I really like is "How We Met," an ode to first impressions. Though they aren't much, the little stories are sweet and give a nice sampling of various artists.

This one from Young Love #116 (June/July 1975) chronicles the first encounter between a store cashier and a customer.


Next up we have the unlikely meeting of Joan and Rog from Young Love #123 (January 1977), with art by Michael Nasser (now Netzer). In love, looks sure can be deceiving!


Young Love #125's (May 1977) "How We Met" serves up a little dose of girl power from the guy's point of view -- written by Steve Skeates and art by Juan Ortiz and Vince Colletta.


I saved my favorite for last. This one comes from Young Love #112 (October/November 1974) and looks quite a bit like Winslow Mortimer (though inked by someone else). The reason I really like this one is because it is how my parents met! No joke!!!


After reading these, do you have a fun story about how your parents or you and your significant other met? With Valentine's Day approaching, I'd love to hear it!

15 comments:

  1. My significant other, ( Michelle ) and I met at a comic-con. I was struck by the proverbial bolt from the blue, and have never recovered. That was quite some time ago, and we still go to con's and criss-cross the region visiting comic book stores, as we add to our extensive collections.... only now we do it together <3

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  2. All these 'How We Met' stories are both charming and sexy~! So... I guess you were a special delivery of sorts, eh, Jacque ? My friend Mary's parents both broke their vows to create her; he was a Priest, she was a Nun~! Life is full of amazing Romance for those ready to embrace it.

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  3. Two of those scripts - the one drawn by Nasser and the one written by Skeates - were bought by me during my brief time as the title's editor.

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  4. Mitchell: Aw! Sweet! Actually, my boyfriend (Justin) and I also met at a comic book convention! He is the one who got me into these romance comics! :)

    Lysdexicuss: That is a crazy story! Romance is out there indeed!!!

    Tony: Really?! That is so cool to know. I guess I owe you a big thank you!

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  5. When the 1970s recession was really beginning to bite, I couldn't always afford to buy food, so when I saw that the Communist Party were offering free snacks at their meeting I thought I'd attend so I could get something to eat. It was typical of those commies to use such underhand tactics to ensnare the unsuspecting, but I figured I was immune to anti-capitalist propaganda and I was hungry. While I was standing at the snack table trying to figure out how many sandwiches I could walk away with without looking greedy, this gorgeous woman with long brown hair and wearing very tasteful hippie clothes, and who was also there just for the eats, pointed to one of the plates and said, "Those are good!" That was the beginning of a life-long love affair that burns brightly to this day!

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  6. KB met his love at a commie all-you-can-eat rally! Man, I love that. Jacque, I would like to make a suggestion for some future post - a poll of sorts. Which artist draws the best kiss? I think the first panel of first story is a good example of a comic book kiss- although I would rate it only fair! -- Mykal

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  7. Mykal I have to confess that the above story of how my wife and I met was a communist fabrication to get readers to look over at my blog and read "I Fell For a Commie"! My wife was gorgeous and had long brown hair when we met, and she did used to attend Communist Party meetings for the free food (she said she thinks pretty much everyone who was there was there for the free food), but we actually met in a far less controversial setting. Somehow or other we were part of the same large group of friends for years without ever actually meeting. Then some of those friends arranged a 'decorating party' at my house to help get it fixed up, and she came round with them.

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  8. KB: Another Commie ruse! You dog! And I fell right into your clutches.

    The real story is pretty good, too. ;-) -- Mykal

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  9. KB: I fell for it too!!! Way to create some hype!

    Mykal: A post on the best kiss artist? I can do that! Perhaps sometime this week?

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  10. YYeeesss!! I'l be tuning in. -- Mykal

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  11. Jacque,

    The first story looks like it may be the work of Ric Estrada. The Mortimer story is inked by another hand, possibly Dick Giordano or one of his assistants (Klaus Janson?)

    Nick C.

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  12. Nick:

    The first one also sort of looks like Creig Flessel -- from the noses on the characters.

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  13. Jacque, Very perceptive. Now that you mention it, I believe you are correct.

    Nick C.

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  14. Jacque:

    Just stumbled across Sequential Crush today when writing a review of Young Love #123 for my own site. What a great reference for many cool comics I've never read (when I was little, I wouldn't have been caught dead buying a romance comic!) As a fellow history grad (just completed my master's), we share a similar sense of purpose with our blogs. I added a link to your site to mine today. I hope to stop back by often. Is there an RSS feed for Sequential Crush?

    Cheers,
    Andrew
    ComicsBronzeAge.com

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  15. Hi Andrew! Glad you stumbled upon me here! Unfortunately, I am very behind when it comes to SEO and RSS and all that stuff... so I don't really show up when you google "romance comics." I am working on it though!

    It seems many guys really dig the romance comics, nothing to be ashamed of! :) I can't wait to take a good look around your site, and I will add it to my blogroll!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

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