Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's my Anniversary!

Career Girl Romances #67, February 1972
Country Girl or Country Star
Charlton Comics

When my mother was fifteen she started in a new school. She said that through her entire first class some dorky guy in glasses kept watching her. When class was dismissed he came up to her and the first and only words out of his mouth were "I'm going to marry you someday." She though yeah, right.

Less than two years later they were being driven down to a North Carolina justice of the peace by two very, very disappointed fathers.

You really have to admire my Dad's ability to set a goal and meet it!

I get my determination from my father.

Aaron claims he knew he would marry me after our first telephone conversation. I'd like to say it was because he had discovered that my devastating good looks were rivaled by my keen wit but actually it was because I told him that something he said was like that episode on Star Trek where Nomad thought Kirk was his creater. I have now confirmed for all that, apart from being irresistibly charming, I am also a dork. A confirmation only strengthened by the cake topper at the wedding.

Now, when I first saw my husband, I will admit that marry was not necessarily the verb going through my mind but I had certainly set my sights. The fact that I could see past his mutton chops says a lot about my vision. It wasn't until our third date that I began to suspect that this was definitely the man for me but even I won't go into that.

Well, whether you believe in love, love at first sight or none of the above, As Told To Stan Lees certainly does. And, since I'm feeling a bit sentimental this week, whether from my anniversary or too much Death Cab For Cutie, I decided to share my own young romance.

Once there was a boy who really really liked hats.

And a girl who was always smiling on the outside and look damn good in a leisure suit.

They were unlikely to meet since they grew up a State apart. And one tragic day the little boy was hit by a car while jaywalking across a highway and died.

But, of course, love knows no obstacle too large to conquer.

So, the boy was brought back, a little worse for wear and was allowed to grow up.

In fact, eventually, they both did.

And the boy received a scholarship to a school in the city where the girl lived.

But, while the girl spent all her free time dancing in clubs, the boy worked on his art so, they never ran into each other. (Okay, so perhaps he watched a lot of television. The outcome was still the same.)

Until one day the girl noticed the boy while he was working at a local music store. But he never seemed to notice her. (Bastard!)

The girl was lonely and eventually bought a dog and walked that dog everyday.

It was on one of these walks that she made a discovery. The boy lived in her apartment complex. (Kickass!)

She walked by his apartment every day with her dog. But the boy still never noticed her. (Son of a Bitch!)

But the girl had too much of her father in her so she continued to walk by his apartment everyday. Refusing to be intimidated by the gigantic Winona Ryder poster on his wall and praying that the old Vana White poster wasn't his. (It hasn't! Thank God!) But the boy still didn't notice her. (Mother F---er!)

It wasn't until the girl had nearly give up that it happened. While shopping for a CD the boy asked if she wanted help. She said no but thought better of it and before he had gotten more than a few steps away, called him back. She made ups some bullshit question and they actually spoke.

The boy was very funny *sigh* and very nice *swoon* and when he suggest a band the girl bought the CD even though she totally didn't want it.

The same night the girl's brother, whom she lived with, decided he was going to the same store. So the girl volunteered to go to, hoping that the boy was there. (He was!) Despite the urge the girl did not run, jump up and wrap her legs around the boys waist and arms around his neck and say hi! but they did talk.

The boy finally gave the girl his number. (Damn! Was that so hard?) And the girl gave him hers.

The dog didn't care much for the boy but they learned to love each other.

The boy tried to change the girl but it didn't work. (much)

The girl tried to change the boy. She was better at it and he shaved the mutton chops.

They shopped for a lot of comics and watched a lot of movies.

A few months later he asked her to marry him.

Love Diary #76, January 1972
Love Will Never Come
Art by Charles Nicholas and Vince Alascia
Charlton Comics

They had many bridal showers and received many, many classy gifts.

At the wedding the groomsmen and brides maids all wore tuxes. The girls were upset because the bride would only let them wear a bra under their jackets. (Hey it was my day!) And all the boys acted like James Bond.

There were many, many terrible pictures taken. And the boy and girl danced very poorly.

Later they had a little boy that looked a lot like his father.

One that looked a lot like his mother.

And another for good measure.

The boy and girl still shop for a lot of comics. See far less movies and never get any sleep.

The End.

Happy Anniversary Aaron!

Girls' Romance #119, September 1966
Ask Me About Love .. I'm an Expert!
Art by Bob Oksner and Bernard Sachs
DC Comics


  1. I just love the hell out of this post. So sweet! How dare the boy not notice you (the bastard)!

    Happy anniversary to you both, and may there be many, many more!

  2. So Aaron was rocking mutton chops, yet you still wanted to, ahem, "Read some Charltons"* with him? Man, that boy had some game.

    Awesome post, happy anniversary!

    (*a euphemism I'm hoping will catch on)

  3. That was a great post! You know, I remember the night we went to the music store ... but I thought you just wanted to hang out with your older brother. I had no idea you were only coming along to see that boy!

    Of course, it all worked out for the best anyway. ^_^

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Mykal: He truly was a bastard! I ran into him in the complex constantly and my interest couldn't have been more obvious if I had busted down his door and refused to leave.

    And I got nothin'.

    That's very rough on a girl with my level of mind blowingly low self-esteem.

    He doesn't deserve me really.

    rob! Aaron had to have been smoking crack to think he could ever pull off mutton chops. Like he thought he was freakin' Charles Darwin or something. Very scary.

    Read some Charltons. Wow, I think that is the same euphemism Jonnie Love uses.

    Oh, btw. You should know that Aaron has finally shaved off his Green Arrow mustache. And I kind of miss it.

    The7ofSwords: Aren't you happy at the role you had in our relationship?!

    If fact you played even more of a role then that. Aaron actually first asked me to marry him in the attic of that Tudor you and Edie rented on 5th. It was on the same day we had all been out at the Indian mound taking werewolf reference photos. I told him absolutely! but said that he had to wait until we have know each other a full year and if he hadn't changed his mind we would get engaged.

    Of course he didn't change his mind. I mean, it's me we're talking about. And I'm awesome.

  5. Aww! Romance! Congrats you too! Here's to many, many, many more!

    btw -- your dog looks exactly like our dog. I must see more pictures! :)

  6. Jacque: Thanks!

    Manic was the best dog ever. She died about 5 years ago. :(

    Does your shed like its an Olympic event?

  7. Wow! What a GREAT post (and only four days after my and my sweetie's own anniversary)! Here's to many more

  8. Anonymous: Thanks! And happy Anniversary to you too.