This title began in 1949 with this issue and continued for 24 issues, from the renowned publisher St. John. Their entire romance line is today known for its superior stories by Dana Dutch and stellar Matt Baker artwork. Baker contributes three stories and the cover in this debut issue: "I Threw Away My Reputation," "My Double Life" and "Two-Timing."
A true pre-code romance classic from the best talents in the pre-code heyday of romance, started by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby but brought to its pinnacle by these two talented creators. [See John Benson’s excellent Romance Without Tears, 2004, Fantagraphics Books].
From Publisher’s Weekly: "These comics empower, rather than infantilize, women. Written by the somewhat mysterious Dana Dutch, a man mostly remembered as middle-aged and Irish, these comics were published by the equally unusual Archer St. John, who gave his talent a wide berth in the heady, fly-by-night days of 1950s publishing. Completing this unusual group is Matt Baker, one of the few African-American artists in comic books at the time, renowned for his voluptuous (but not exploitative) drawings of women.
"...The normal romance comics of the time castigated strength, taught subservience and generally reinforced the contemporary stereotypes of good girls and bad girls. Dutch's stories always managed to subvert that norm with subtlety and wit. Rather than being dull and helpless protagonists, his women were active, feisty and independent.
"With bold writing and smooth, graceful artwork, these tales are fun and visually compelling stories not just relics of the past, but good comics that hold up.” [copyright 2004 Reed Business Information].
Flashback Replicas are exact reproductions of historically significant or key comic books from the 1940s and 1950s. Each page is fully restored with careful attention to line work and colors. All editorial and ad pages are included.