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Sheila Francis and various
37 pages (June 1955); 6.8MB download
Shoulders of Giants; ISBN: SHGI-00053
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT was one of the various great Romance comics of the Golden age. These comics were written and drawn almost exclusively by men, and they tended to reinforce notions that a woman's primary goal in life was to marry. These classic stories frequently dealt with complex, mature issues. Their protagonists were almost always working women, and their problems were often taken directly from life. Workplace power struggles between the sexes, out-of-wedlock children, marital infidelity, and divorce were tackled between stories of pure escapist fantasy. In this manner, romance comics responded to needs that were historically significant: young, working women saw representations of themselves as intelligent, modern people; people who valued love and dreamt of romance, but who also lived life in the real world.
In this issue: Love on her terms: "My folks were in show business, and I never had a real home. When they died, I landed in a chorus in a cheap night club. Nora, the girl who danced next to me, was married to a two-timing, no-good actor. He was away on tour most of the time. I made up my mind to marry a solid citizen. One night, our whole show was engaged to entertain at a banquet given for a group of professional men from out-of-town..." and other stories.