Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Man I Married - Heart Throbs #138 (February 1972)

Our first story for Black History Month is "The Man I Married" from Heart Throbs #138 (February 1972). While some romance stories featuring African-American characters deal with issues of race, it is most often the case in the romance comics that when both the leading man and woman are African-American, it is a typical romance story and race is irrelevant. I think this one is particularly good. I am fond of it because of the beautiful color pallet and the O. Henry style ending -- which are always fun in my opinion! This three-page story is best read in it's entirety -- enjoy!!!



*Thanks to Nick Caputo for identifying the art of this story as being the work of Mike Sekowsky and Vince Colletta!

11 comments:

  1. Cute - although it's pretty easy to figure out how the story will end by the second page.
    Agree with you on the colors - very effective, just like that Heck-drawn story you posted a few days ago. Also, the flower vases that appear in a few panels are a really nice design touch.

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  2. ooo... I love those hair styles and the fasions! :D

    where do you find these? Do you have a collection? I used to sneak reading these at he grocery when I was a little girl. My mom said "no!" ;p

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  3. Great story! I know that you've probably already carefully planned what you'll post this month, but if you haven't, I be interested in your take on "Soul Love," Jack Kirby's never published early 1970s romance comics venture for DC.

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  4. I've been African-American for 47 years and NEVER met anyone named Marsh...lol. Cute story, though. Can't wait to see what else you have planned.

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  5. Edo: The flowers are very detailed and I have to say, I have always thought that Ellen's outfit is one of the most beautiful outfits in romance comics and is super gorgeous on the splash page.

    LTM: I do have quite a large collection of '60s and '70s romance comics. I primarily buy them at comic book conventions and occasionally on ebay. It is always thrilling to get a new book!

    Anonymous: I do plan my posts, but I am very flexible as often get "unplanned" ideas and suggestions! I would be happy to do a post on Soul Love sometime this month. I will see what I can dig up!

    Michael: Hahaha! Me either! The names in the romance comics are always funny and never seem to quite fit the characters perfectly, but oh well! I hope you enjoy the rest of the month! :)

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  7. Memo Nericcio: Thanks for spreading the love! Looking forward to checking out your blog further!

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  8. Jacque,

    While I could immediately tell that the inking on this story is the work of Vince Colletta, after studying the figures I believe the pencils are by Mike Sekowsky.

    Nick C.

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  9. Nick: Ellen's face on the splash page definitely looks like it was drawn by Sekowsky... I don't know if I see it so much in the other panels, but I take your word for it!

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  10. It is very hard to tell, since Colletta's inking is overpowering, and It looks like he may have redrawn or touched up some of the faces as well, but some of Sekowsky's poses come through, mainly on page 3.

    Nick C.

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  11. Thanks, Nick! I put a note at the bottom of the post!

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