"Time for a Change!" Charlton Comics Sweethearts Art by Fred Himes (as Ezell) Number 127 1972
Some stories are universal. Whether handed down as oral tradition, painted on the walls of a cave, or rendered with all the skill of a last minute submission to your middle school literary magazine. They are still as true today as they were in our distant past.
Today I bring you a little something from that latter category.
Time for a Change! is the universal story of the struggles of growing up. The hope and heartbreak as we endeavor to find our own identity, our true calling, awaken our passion and meet our destiny head on.
Oh, and for the recorded. The dad is completely right.
Melissa is a high school girl just starting to blossom into adulthood. Starting to come to terms with who she is - a girl with hip friends, groovy threads, and a reputation as a cool kid in school.
Maybe it is my age showing but if I had child hanging outside my house with a boy who looked like that, I would call him a freak too and send him packing. Also those flares are like two threads away from camel toe.
After her father reads her a letter he has received from her teachers regarding skipping class and another letter about unpaid parking fines, he takes matters into his own hands.
He forces her to dress like her mom and forbids her use of the car.
No car means Melissa is forced to spend the entire day at school. Without the option of skipping class she faces the daunting task of catching up her homework. A task that seems too overwhelming until Dennis Hart, a boy who I must assume has suffered a tragic accident in which the vertebrae at the base of his neck was damaged, offers to help.
Dennis then comes over to help Melissa with her school work wearing a green sports jacket. Despite the obvious choice of "gettin' some" attire, Melissa's dad does not seem to notice and welcomes him into the house.
It isn't long before Melissa can proudly tell Dennis, while he is on his undersized unicycle, that she has finally worked her math grade up to an A.
And despite her her matronly clothing, Dennis finally asks her out.
When Melissa goes to ask her dad if she can date Dennis, she tell him what every father wants to hear. That he was right.
Still on a high from his daughter's admitting that she was wrong, Melissa's dad offers Dennis the keys to his car to take his underage daughter to the drive-in.
Obviously sensing a trap, Dennis turns it down flat.
But since Dennis is wearing the matching slacks to his green "gettin' some" jacket, how could it not end with a kiss.
Hopefully the future holds a life of happiness, a bike with two wheels and a chiropractor.
"Elopement Hid Our Sins" St. John Pictorial Romances
Script by Dana Dutch Art by Matt Baker Number 19 1953
Between 1949 and 1955 romance comics represented twenty-five percent of comic sales. And for good reason! Before the Comic Book Code Authority became the dictator of the market place in late 1954, romance comics were more real to life, less formulaic and way more racy. And a hell of a lot of fun.
Elopement Hid Our Sins is no exception. Beautifully illustrated by Matt Baker, Elopement Hid Our Sins is a story of a worldly young woman who had grown weary of the loneliness of loveless affection.
Hello all my peeps! I was pleased this morning to discover that the absolutely awesome Jacque Nodell of the inspirational comic blog Sequential Crush was kind enough to nominate me for a Kreativ Blogger Award! *BLUSH* Thanks Jacque.
She was not only cool enough to nominate me but also to explain to all what the heck being a Kreativ Blogger Award nominee entails. Here is a breakdown:
- You must thank the person who has given you the award. √ - Copy the award logo and place it on your blog.√ - Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.√ - Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting. √ - Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers. √ - Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate. - Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.
So let's just jump right in shall we?
Here are a few tidbits of information about me that you might find amusing:
1. I have a fear of fish. Not eating fish, not keeping an aquarium, but a horrible fear of being accidentally brushed up against by a fish.
2. At the age of 12 I drove my parents car through the front plate-glass window of an optometrist's office.
3. Once, when traveling, I shared an elevator with the guy who played Bubba on Sanford and Son.
4. The singer/songwriter Johnny Horton, best known for singing "Sink the Bismark", "North to Alaska"and for winning a Grammy for his song "The Battle of New Orleans" is (was?) a cousin.
5. I once went clubbing with Fred Schneider. And as I'm sure you have guessed, he was a complete bitch.
6. I had an ex-boyfriend show up on one of those white-trash talk shows. Not surprisingly the shows theme was "I hate my roommate's boyfriend".
7. I have bootleggers on one side of my family and moonshiners on the other.
See, all things you didn't know about me and probably wouldn't have guessed!
Okay, last but not least the 7 other blogs I would like to nominate for this prestigious award:
1. First up, and I bet he won't be surprised, I would like nominate Mykal Banta of The Bloody Pulp, One of my absolute favorite blogs out there. Who would have thought the horror magazines I have avoided in the past were so totally awesome? Well, I sure didn't! Thank you Mykal Banta!
2. Next up, a blog I just stumbled across not very long ago but that has kept me terribly amused. Judge a Book by Its Cover is a hysterical blog that does exactly what it says it does. With a team of 5 with Maughta at the the lead, this is a blog not to be missed.
3. I'd also like to nominate Allan Harvey's Gorilla Daze. A great comic blog that covers a little bit of everything including its fair share of romance comics!
4. That brings us to John Foster's Accidental Mysteries a wonderful blog that describes itself as "a blog about photography, design, art, architecture, ephemera, found objects, pop culture, anonymous, outsider art, folk art, self-taught art, illustration, beauty, esoterica, auctions, discovery, art environments, mystery, vintage stuff and the magic that can be found in everyday things." I don't think I could have described it better.
5. I am a huge fan of pulp illustrators so it is a given that I would nominate B-Sol's Lots of Pulp. It is a fantastic blog that gives you a chance to see some of these beautiful covers that you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise.
6. Now, I would like to give this award to Brian B's What My Dad Saw. A beautiful blog where Brian shares a family history through the photographs of his father.
7. Last but certainly not least, ask yourself this - when was the last time you bought a piece of art? I am a huge fan of the prolific artist Eric Pardue. In fact, I own a few of his pieces. Here are some more recent examples of his work.
War on Terror
War on Terror - 2nd Install
The King Was Rockin' Crazytown...Then Linda Showed Up
Ms. Filbertson's Laundry (Die, Die, Die, My Darling)
Ms. Filbertson's Gentlemen Callers ( I Am Human and I Need To Be Loved)
He is terribly slow at updating his blog but when he does it is completely worth it. If you have seen his stuff in person at a gallery you will know exactly what I am talking about. Maybe my nomination will encourage him to get around to posting some of his more recent work. (BTW ... he does ship!)
Well I think that wraps it up. Now I just need to let everyone I have nominated know that I have done it.
"Wife of the Party!" Marvel Comics Our Love Story Number 28 Story by Gary Friedrich Art by Sal Buscema 1974
Listen up! I'm going to tell you a little secret - I am obsessed with politics! You heard me, obsessed. I listen to NPR constantly and wholes days go by at the office where my television never turns from one of those 24 hour news channels. (Channels whose 24 hour format I know does more damage then good.)
Yet I still try to live by the rules of never talking about religion or politics with any one outside my own family.
But Stan Lee has always lived life by breaking all the rules. Rules like Give Credit Where Credit is Due and Don't Buy into Your Own Hype.
So, as a tribute to Stan Lee and also because I am totally stoked about getting to spend a few days in DC next week on work's dime, today I too will break the rules!
Wife of the Party! is a glimpse into the life of a politician. And the lives of the short skirt wearing volunteers trying to bed them.
But who could blame Sandy Grabowski? That Joe Thompson is quite the catch!
If there is ever a nuclear threat secret service will whisk President Obama off to some undisclosed location. Not for protection from radiation, NO, but to protect him from the line of woman volunteering to help him rebuild the human race.
So, next time your wife or girlfriend want to put a political sign in the yard, don't take your eyes off of her for a second.
When I first discovered romance comics I was amazed. How had I never known that something so ridiculously wonderful existed? Romance stories where girls (which apparently ALL women prefer to be called, not just me!) were never truly complete without a man by their side. Girls that wanted nothing more than a boy to take them away from their day-to-day lives as store clerks, socialites, or, god forbid, unpopular high school students. *gasp*
Some of the best stories were from Marvel, where many of them touted "As Told to Stan Lee". Now don't get me wrong, Stan Lee rules, but I refuse to believe that any girl ever felt compelled to pour out her soul to him and then let him publish it all in comic form.
These comics where full of loneliness, "hip slang", rich men and misunderstood bad boys just waiting for the right girl to come along.
So, lets forget all about Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Austen. Let's sit down and enjoy stories of secretaries and the architects that will let them quit their jobs and support them.
I am a great fan of comics, View-Masters, magazine and book cover illustrations from the 50's, 60's and 70's, as well as old horror films. So that I don't drive my husband too crazy (or distract him too long from his own obsessions) I have chosen to obsess to strangers.