Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics

Overview

Agonizing Love is a rich anthology of those legendary romance comic books that once filled newsstands to overflowing during their heyday in the 1940s and '50s. "I Craved His Kisses," "With Hate in My Heart," "Kisses Came Second," "Flame of Jealousy," "Was I a Wicked Wife?": these stories are just a taste of the absolutely riveting dramas that play out in the sob-racked pages of this evocative collection. Agonizing Love—is there any other kind?—runs the narrative gamut from honeymoon to heartbreak, first love to ...

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Overview

Agonizing Love is a rich anthology of those legendary romance comic books that once filled newsstands to overflowing during their heyday in the 1940s and '50s. "I Craved His Kisses," "With Hate in My Heart," "Kisses Came Second," "Flame of Jealousy," "Was I a Wicked Wife?": these stories are just a taste of the absolutely riveting dramas that play out in the sob-racked pages of this evocative collection. Agonizing Love—is there any other kind?—runs the narrative gamut from honeymoon to heartbreak, first love to total loss, marital bliss to marriage hell, and all the stops in between. Throughout these colorful pages you will find a diverse selection of cover art and stories enhanced by a plethora of engaging quizzes ("Are You Ready for Marriage?"), confessional letters from readers, informative articles, tips on choosing the right man (or getting rid of the wrong one!), and oh, so much more!

Compiled and with witty, informative com-mentary by pop-culture expert Michael Barson, Agonizing Love is an irresistible treasure trove sure to please comic-book lovers, soap-opera fans, and die-hard romantics who could use a good slap in the face. This is a heartfelt, often tear-drenched valentine to a long lost—but never to be forgotten—era.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beautifully produced anthology offers prime examples of romance comics from the genre's golden age, the years between 1947 and 1957. Barson has carefully selected from his personal collection, offering full stories, covers, and "peripheral materials" that often appeared in the comics, such as advice columns and quizzes. The book is divided into five chapters, each exploring a different aspect of the genre, such as "Despair," "Marriage Hell," and "Class Struggles." The full-color pages reproduced from the comics are striking; the oversize format allows them to appear at their original size. The lack of a detailed table of contents or index makes it difficult to navigate, however. Barson's introduction provides a breezy overview of the history of romance comics. While witty, it would have been stronger with a more thoughtful analysis of the historical context that gave rise to the genre, and if Barson had refrained from lumping all women from the decade into one category. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061807343
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,438,712
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Barson is the author of more than a dozen books that celebrate popular culture. His work has appeared in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, American Film, and AMC magazine, among other publications. His books and postcard anthologies include Lost, Lonely & Vicious, Born to Be Bad, Teenage Confidential, True West, and Red Scared! He lives in suburban New Jersey with his wife of twenty-six years who hasn't stopped weeping since tying the knot. They have three boys, none of whom has a clue about love or romance—yet.

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