Sep. 15th, 2009

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After Joe Simon and Jack Kirby pioneered romance comics in the late 1940s, every other publisher quickly jumped on the bandwagon. Archie Comics was no exception. Ultimately, it didn't catch on and Archie Comics decided to stick to publishing adventures Archie Andrews, his supporting cast and the variety of "teen-age" imitators that tried to replicate the formula that made the original so successful.

Now, when it comes to finding romance comics with objectionable undertones, you really can't go wrong. At best, you'll find something mildly cringe-inducing. At worst, you'll find something like "Cottage of Love." It's hardly the most cringe-inducing romance comic ever published, but good God...

The story originally appeared in Darling Love #8. Writer and artist unknown.

Where a woman discovers that having a career will ruin your life and will make your man have implied sex with loose women (11 Pages under the cut) )

And, as a bonus, an advice column and a celebrity gossip column from the same issue.

Suprisingly sensible advice under the cut )

For the few readers who still have dial-up (or are reading this from a wireless hot stop), here is a link.
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I'm feeling random, so I'm throwing this out there. Why don't we make a theme week of it? We've had One Perfect Moment, so why not the F-YEAH moments - the moments that just make you want punch your fist in the air and shout out a victory yell?

So, I'm declaring it F-YEAH! Week.

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It only stands to reason that a space/time jumping villain would cherrypick his Miniboss Squad (not much Quirky with these guys) from the best all the realities offer him, doesn't it?

And so we have the driving philosophy behind Kang the Conqueror's Anachronauts...  )
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As an alternative to Rape Week (people, people, if you do that, Fred Van Lente wins), how about War Week? It's alliterative and it gives me an excuse to post Enemy Ace.

Now, we probably all know about Sgt. Rock, the Howling Commandos, and their ilk. Enemy Ace is a different breed entirely, centering on a flying ace during WW1. The rub being that he flies for Germany.

It's rather interesting to see the approach that the creators use to get it away with this. The keypoint is that Hans von Hammer (or the Hammer of Hell, as he's known in "holy fuckballs, this guy is crazy" circles) bears no malice toward his enemies. Pilots on both sides treat each other with an almost chivalrous sense of honor, and the real enemy (as von Hammer muses at length) is the sky, which will one day claim them all. In the first Showcase volume, the only real villain (not antagonist) is Bull, a treacherous pilot in von Hammer's own squad.

Now you may think the lack of any real boo-hiss villains would limit the story, but by putting von Hammer on "the wrong side", Robert Kanigher is able to write him with a sense of moral ambiguity that it's hard to imagine him getting away with for, say, Sergeant Rock. The series toys a lot with whether von Hammer is a war hero or a sociopath, generally in (admittedly formulaic) scenes where von Hammer is whispered about behind his back, imagines his plane as an accuser, and seeks the comfort of another "killing machine," a wolf he encounters on his hunting trips.

But enough from me, who wants to see some Joe Kubert art?

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After saving Rogue's life in Messiah Complex, Mystique finds herself on the run from Wolverine, who has been ordered by Cyclops to kill her.

Wolverine, who is so desperate to get Mystique that he'll team up with his old friends the Taliban to do it.

title: wolverine, creator: jason aaron, creator: ron garney, char: wolverine/logan/james howlett
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Dick Grayson might have the best butt in the DC universe, but Spirou's got the best butt in France!

and i can prove it )
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Proof that even as stretchy as CLAMP's character designs have gotten lately (and boy howdy, have they ever. 'sup, Yuuko?), they'll never touch Liefeld's.

One page from Avengers volume 2, #1.

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A typically clever page from Art Spiegelman. He may be best remembered for the powerful allegory MAUS, but most of his work involves a playful use of comics as jigsaw puzzles. This is from ARCADE: THE COMICS REVUE# 2, Summer 1975.


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