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Nolan, Michelle: Love on the Racks. A History of American Romance Comics. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2008. (246 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-3519-7
BibTeX citation key: Nolan2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historischer Überblick, Romanzencomic, USA
Creators: Nolan
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Abstract
For the better part of three decades romance comics were an American institution. Nearly 6,000 romance comics were published between 1947 and 1977, and there was a time when one of every five comics sold in the U.S. was a romance comic.
This is the first book devoted entirely to the rarely studied world of romance comics. The text includes information on several types of romance comics and their creators, plus the history, numbers, and publishing frequency of dozens of romance titles. The author examines several significant periods in the development of the romance genre, including the origins of Archie Comics and other teen romance publications, the romance comic “boom and bust” of the 1950s, and the genre’s sudden disappearance when fantasy and superhero comics began to dominate mainstream comics in the late 1970s.

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3

1. Pulp Love and True Confessions: What Came Before Romance Comics 7
2. Twixt Teens and Tears: How Teen Humor and Girls’ Comics Provided a Bridge to Romance 14
3. Young Romance in Bloom: How Love Came to the Comic Books 29
4. Love Conquers All: The Record Growth of Romance Comics in 1949 43
5. The Love Glut: The Romance Boom and Bust of 1950 62
6. Writers of the Purple Page: A Short-Lived Flirtation with Western Romance 86
7. You Can’t Keep a Good Girl (or Guy) Down: Before the Comics Code—How Romance Comics Rebounded in the 1950s 100
8. Minor-League Lovers: One-Shot Wonders and Other Short-Lived Flirtations 127
9. Cut That Cleavage! Before and After the Comics Code Authority 151
10. The Bland Leading the Bland: When Tears Began to Flow Freely 178
11. Hippies, Harpies and Heroines: National Comics Takes Charge in the 1960s and ’70s 193
12. Where Love Has Gone: The End of Young Romance and Young Love 206

Appendix: Catalog of American Romance Comics
(BY DAN STEVENSON, MICHELLE NOLAN AND JIM VADEBONCOEUR, JR.) 211

Bibliography 221
General Index 223
Title and Character Index 226
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