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WEIRD LOVE Volume 4 Jailbird Romance!

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WEIRD LOVE Volume 4 Jailbird Romance!

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Lurid! Outrageous! Deranged! Highly Recommended. Art by Jim Mooney, Pete Morisi, Vince Colletta, Odgen Whitney, the Iger Shop et al. With an introduction by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat! Your mind will be blown when you read: "Jailbird Romance!," "Never Love A Man With A Harem!," "Hobo Girl," "Innocence Was My Angle," "Backroads Romance," and "I Tortured My In-Laws," plus 12 more complete stories, the goofiest, strangest, and the most suggestive of the pre-code and even some post-code "romance" comics. And, oh those headlights! Plus a cover gallery of the most outrageous and suggestive covers.

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With an introduction by Heidi MacDonald of The Beat! Your mind will be blown when you read: "Jailbird Romance!," "Never Love A Man With A Harem!," "Hobo Girl," "Innocence Was My Angle," "Backroads Romance," and "I Tortured My In-Laws," plus 12 more complete stories, the goofiest, strangest, and the most suggestive of the pre-code and even some post-code "romance" comics. And, oh those headlights! Plus a cover gallery of the most outrageous and suggestive covers.

Introduction by Carol Tilley, Associate Professor of the School of Education Sciences at the University of Illinois. Here's what she says about Wertham's remarks in Seduction of the Innocent, about romance comics: "...just as there were supermen, superwomen, superboys and superducks, so the industry now supplied a 'super-lover.' Studying the love-confession books is even more tedious than studying the usual crime comic books. You have to wade through all the mushiness, the false sentiments, the social hypocrisy, the titillation, the cheapness." Tilley goes on, "Clearly, Wertham and I do not share the same aesthetic: he views all that titillation and cheapness as tedious, in bad taste, and harmful to children, and all I can think is, bring on the weird love."

Tilley continues: "I grew up in the 1970s and with the exception of some 1940s and '50s Archie comics my grandparents bought me at flea markets, my comics were all pretty banal. Had I known about books like Strange Confessions or Lovelorn, I might not have had to fill my brain quite so much with imagined assignations between me and Richie Rich's Gloria Gad or Archie's Veronica (or Betty, depending on the week)."

"Comics like these peeled back the veneer on the then-contemporary U.S. life, and that seems to be one thing even young readers appreciated. A young girl who was part of Wertham's 'Hookey Club' said that reading romance and love comics allowed her to see 'other people's stupid mistakes.' She went on to propose that boys read these comics, 'to laugh [at] how stupid the girls are.' ...I suspect, though, that boys read them for the same reason: to see the mistakes, the imperfections, the weird. Oh, and the headlights. They definitely read them for the headlights."

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Item Code WEIL04H
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781631407826
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 160pg
Color Full Color
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