« Home | DC lost $2 million over the past year, but they're... » | Child's school bans WW lunchbox because it suppose... » | Mike Grell's uninformed view of Islam and Yugoslav... » | Chris Roberson detests Charles Schumer for opposin... » | 6 more tweets by Marz » | What's the use of relaunching Fantastic Four? » | A story that could lead nowhere out of political c... » | Kotaku writer accuses Snoopy of bringing down Pean... » | Rick Obadiah, RIP » | LGBT propaganda forced into WW spinoff title » 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 

Jack Kirby's romance tales

The East Valley Tribune has a short item for Jack Kirby's 98th birthday about the romance comics he penned in the late 1940s and 50s. All done at a time when there was actually an effort made to write, publish and market romance stories on a serious basis, to women and even men. But by the end of the 60s, they'd largely been phased out and while there have been some here and there in recent decades, the mainstream certainly doesn't make much of an effort to market and promote them. Not that you could expect them to know how either, and the prices for monthly issues won't encourage anyone to check them out.

Labels:

...are you sure we're talking about the same romance comics here?

Well, the romance comics were probably aimed at girls, not adults. Grown women read the same kind of love stories, but in other media: paperback books, and "real" magazines (e.g., True Confessions). They also had radio (and, later, TV) soap operas.

In Kirby's time, a lot of kids read comics, and there was a variety of genres. Westerns, romance, war, science fiction, comedy. Today, at the Big Two, the medium is dominated by one genre (costumed super heroes), and one style (grim-and-gritty). The lack of variety may be one more reason that the medium is dying.

Post a Comment

Links to this post

Create a Link

About me

  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. I don't expect to be perfect at the job, but I do my best.
My profile

Archives

Links

  • avigreen2002@yahoo.com
  • Fansites I Created

  • Hawkfan
  • The Greatest Thing on Earth!
  • The Outer Observatory
  • Earth's Mightiest Heroines
  • The Co-Stars Primer
  • Comic book websites (open menu)

    Comic book weblogs (open menu)

    Writers and Artists (open menu)

    Miscellanous links (open menu)

  • GoStats charts
  • Click here to see website statistics
  • blog search directory blog directory Bloggeries Blog Directory Top Blogs Entertainment blogs Entertainment Blogs
    Entertainment blog TopOfBlogs Israel Blogs
    View My Stats Comics blog Blog Directory & Search engine blog directory
eXTReMe Tracker Locations of visitors to this page

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    make money online blogger templates

Older Posts Newer Posts

The Four Color Media Monitor is powered by Blogspot and Gecko & Fly.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Join the Google Adsense program and learn how to make money online.