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Love on the racks : a history of American romance comics

Author: Michelle Nolan
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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"--Provided by publisher.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nolan, Michelle, 1948-
Love on the racks.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Nolan
ISBN: 9780786435197 0786435194
OCLC Number: 173241115
Description: viii, 229 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Pulp love and true confessions: what came before romance comics --
Twixt teens and tears: how teen humor and girls' comics provided a bridge to romance --
Young romance in bloom: how love came to the comic books --
Love conquers all: the record growth of romance comics in 1949 --
The love glut: the romance boom and bust of 1950 --
Writers of the purple page: a short-lived flirtation with western romance --
You can't keep a good girl (or guy) down: before the comics code-how romance comics rebounded in the 1950s --
Minor-league lovers: one-shot wonders and other short-lived flirtations --
Cut that cleavage! Before and after the comics code authority --
The bland leading the bland: when tears began to flow freely --
Hippies, harpies and heroines: national comics takes charge in the 1960s and '70s --
Where love has gone: the end of young romance and young love --
Appendix: Catalog of American romance comics / by Dan Stevenson, Michelle Nolan, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
Responsibility: Michelle Nolan.
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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  Read more...


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