Artist unknown. From the story “The Trouble with Love” in THRILLING ROMANCES #20, 1952.
WOMAN: I wanna trust you, but...How do I know you’ve never been in love before?
MAN: Ask my ex-wives!
1952 Artist Unknown Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
I was surprised by how many people hated today’s comic. It is arguably—at least so far—my most controversial comic.
I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Instead, I was trying to make a point. Too many people regard Memorial Day as just a three-day weekend for having fun. They don’t want to think about the dead we’re supposed to be honoring.
Beyond that and on a personal note, I was also trying to highlight the absurdity of people who expect bereaved family members to quickly “snap out of it” and stop crying.
I know from personal experience that recovery is a long, slow process.
Unfortunately, those points don’t seem to have come through in the comic. (Or at least not in a humorous way.) And, for that, I’m sorry.
Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” from NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.
SCENE: At a cemetery. Two men are covering up a grave in the background. In the foreground, a woman is crying and a man is trying to comfort her.
MAN: Cheer up! it’s a three-day weekend!
1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Artist unknown. From the story “Green Eyes” in BRIDE’S SECRETS #7, 1955.
MAN (to woman): Everyone knows all those disgusting lies about me...are fake news…told by all my disgusting, fake wives!
1955 Artist Unknown Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Art by Everett Raymond Kinstler from the story “The Bridal Veil” in CINDERELLA LOVE #9, 1952.
SCENE: A minister or preach is performing a wedding. A bride and groom are standing there.
MINISTER: And, if anyone objects, they...better shut the %$#@ up! And no bitchin’ online later either!
1952 Art: Everett Raymond Kinstler Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “The Terrible Stranger” in BRIDES IN LOVE #10, 1958.
PIPE-SMOKING MAN: You’re still a virgin?
WOMAN: In this state? Sure!
1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira