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Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Return to thetear-stained, melodramatic heyday of romance comics in this fantastic anthologyof the genre's best stories, covers, advice columns, and more! In a valentineto a bygone era, perfect for fans of modern love stories, Archie comics,and series like Strangers in Paradise, pop-culture expert Michael Barson celebrates the stories that captivated the Americanimaginatio ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Harper Design (first published May 1st 2011)
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Zetta
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: comic book fans, romance book readers, pop culturists, retro lovers
Agonizing love can be a patronizing love considering these gems of forgotten comic book history. This book is full of color reproductions from the actual comics that were available between 1947 and 1957 and has whole stories as well as advertisements, quizzes, and other filler.

The only real criticism I have is that there's not much material about the writers, artists, and producers of these comics, but it's a great start if you want to take a trip back some 60 years and get a glimpse of how roma
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Ben
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Fun, Fun, Fun!!! I would really love to see a book of romance comics' last gasp (The 70's). Where's that book?
Sheela Word
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphics
Agonizing Love was incredibly fun to read. As most of its content consists of ridiculously plotted romantic comic stories from the 50's (the evil mother-in-law tricks her son's bride into putting too much Tabasco sauce into the meat pie), there's not a lot to it, but it's a great book to laugh at with a friend or family member.
Mark Stratton
Fascinating and sometimes as subtle as a sock in the jaw, these stories from a bygone era were well chosen for their four color fascination with Love, Comic Book Style. The art, ranging from pedestrian to simply scrumptious is the real treat of this collection.

Culled, edited and notated with love, affection and tongue planted firmly in cheek, this book is an amusing read.
Kirsti
Gasp! Sob! Let me break it down for you:

Chapter 1: BLISS

Chapter 2: JEALOUSY AND BETRAYAL

Chapter 3: DESPAIR

Chapter 4: MARRIAGE HELL

Chapter 5: CLASS STRUGGLES

Oh, and in 1953, it was perfectly acceptable to name a mainstream publication "Gay Love."
Kricket
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kricket by: Lindsaygail
these love story comics from the 40s and 50s are sweet, hilarious, and a little bit frightening. "no wife of mine is going to work...you're going to have to give up something...either that job...or me!..."

i wish they still made romance comic magazines.
Megan
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
What a fascinating read!
Jeremy
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Michael Barson's text is Stan Lee-lite, but the comics themselves are pretty amazing, particularly the final couple of entries.
A.J. (Lacy Literacy)
A really good read if you are interested in these types of things. It shows a lot of the actual comics and isn't just about the history of them.
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