Apr 23, 2016
The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 424: Time for Love #42, June 1975 ("Wuv, twue wuv" Week, Day 4)
Well, for a comic about one of the most powerful emotions humans feel, this was a thoroughly underwhelming piece. I'm beginning to see the differences between a good romance comic and a bad one, and the bad ones appear to end EVERY SINGLE STORY with the heroine getting a marriage proposal. In the 70s, it seems, one could not fall in love without it immediately becoming the greatest love of all time that will last forever.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you see right through the veil and understand the kind of programming that's been going on in culture for centuries? I had it with this comic. It teaches young girls everything that is completely wrong with society. Get a job as a secretary, have an affair with the boss, meet/fall in love/get married as quickly as humanly possible, because that's obviously the most fulfilling aspect of the female experience.
Okay, okay, think positive. There's some decent art in this issue. I have to admit that the fashions from the 70s are great, partially for their kitsch factor, and partially for their coolness. But the stories. Good grief.
On to something a little different tomorrow - a reprint series that removes the dialogue from old romance comics, and replaces it with more....ironic?....speech. Onward!