Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Win Mortimer!


Today let's celebrate Win Mortimer, as he was born on this day in 1919! Though he is no longer with us, Mortimer's work stands as a lasting testament to the beauty of the romance comics. The selections below are all Mortimer penciled one-pagers from 1974 issues of Young Love and Young Romance, and run the gamut from confessional-style poem to cautionary tale. Any other Win Mortimer fans out there?

"Love Has No Voice"
Young Love #109
(April/May 1974)

"How to Lose Your Boyfriend"
Young Love #111 
(August/September 1974)

"The Kiss Test"
Young Love #113
(December 1974/January 1975)

"Your Eyes of Love" and "Just Waiting"
Young Romance #198
(March/April 1974)

"My Creed"
Young Romance #199
(May/June 1974)

"Silent Song of Love"
Young Romance #199
(May/June 1974)

8 comments:

  1. Well, I wasn't a fan until now. Fantastic stuff! I'm suprised there's not a squirrel in the background. Very sweet.

    Wes

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    1. Glad to have converted you into one, Wes! :)

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  2. I first saw his work in Gold Key's horror line - Boris Karloff Presents, Grimm's Ghost Stories etc.....it wasn't till years later that I learned his name, having learned to recognise his style, which I'll admit I didn't care for back then. He's in that "didn't like him at the time but very much do so now" category....a very large category these days!


    cheers
    B Smith

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, B! There's actually some Mortimer Grimm's Ghost Stories original art for sale: http://www.romitaman.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=11769&ArtistId=1249&Details=0&From=Room Pretty cool!

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  3. Mortimer and Colletta romance stories were DCs finest.

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    1. I like Mortimer's own inks the best, but they weren't a bad pair!

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  4. Winslow Mortimer was one of the best artists in the business, no doubt about it, both for romance comics and superhero comics. Does anyone know how to resolve the question of whether it was Win Mortimer or instead Jay Scott Pike who pencilled the story "What Kind of Girl Are You?" in Young Romance #162 (October 1969)? Some websites attribute the artwork to Pike and at least one says that's wrong, that Win Mortimer drew it.

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    1. I wish I could answer this for you. Unfortunately, this is one of the few issues from that time period that I don't have, and I don't have the issue it is reprinted in either. I am going to hopefully be picking up some new books next week. Otherwise, if you have it, feel free to shoot me an email with some scans and I can give you my opinion.

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