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The Confessions of Charlton’s True Life Secrets, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: charlton, Romance ComicsCharlton liked the title and formula of its first successful romance comic True Life Secrets so much that they relaunched it as something elseAfter entering the genre with the short-lived title Pictorial Love Stories, the series True Life Secrets became Charlton's first successful romance title.  The series would be the publisher's only romance title throughout the early 1950s, until the acquisition of Fawcett's Sweethearts and Romantic…

John Buscema Covers Orbit’s 1952 Romance Comics, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: John Buscema, Romance ComicsJohn Buscema did significant work for publisher Orbit from 1950 to 1953, including several covers for their romance comic book line.Article Summary Explore John Buscema's early foray into comics with Orbit's Love Diary #31 cover art. Discover the pivotal role of Buscema from 1951-1953 across several Orbit titles Uncover Orbit's unique history, led by one of the few female industry leaders. Legendary comic…

Love Like Winning the Lottery in Dear Lonely Heart #1, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: Comic Media, Romance ComicsDear Lonely Heart #1 is a rare romance comic launched by publisher Comic Media, who became notorious for its Pre-Code comic book titles.Dear Lonely Heart #1, from Artful/Comic Media, was published in 1951, and features a pretty cool cover that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you see it. It is also a rare book. While this raw copy, taking bids right now at Heritage Auctions, is at $36, it might go much higher than…

Wally Wood’s Early Comic Book Work in Fox Romance, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics | Tagged: Wally Wood became a comic book legend for work on EC Comics, Daredevil and more, but his early Fox romance work is overlooked.Article Summary Explore Wally Wood's start in Fox romance comics before EC Comics fame. Discover his progression from a letterer to inker to artist at Fox. Wood's first signed work and cover art revealed in Fox's romance titles. Examine the controversial and collectible nature of Fox romance stories. Legendary comic book creator Wally Wood…

1954’s “I Sold My Baby” in Confessions of the Lovelorn, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: American Comics Group, ogden whitney, Richard E. Hughes, Romance ComicsSeemingly part of a final act of Pre-Code defiance on the part of ACG, Confessions of the Lovelorn #52 hit newsstands right before the CMAA was announced.Article Summary Exploring ACG's pre-Code era with Confessions of the Lovelorn #52's grim narratives. Richard Hughes's strategic navigation ahead of CMAA's formation in Sept 1954. ACG's mid-1954 rebranding: shifts from…

Addiction and Romance in Youthful Hearts #1, Up for Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: harry donenfeld, Romance ComicsYouthful Hearts 1 features an overlooked drug addiction story "Monkey on My Back" that precedes the better-known "The Monkey" in Shock SuspenStories 12.Article Summary Youthful Hearts #1's drug addiction story "Monkey on My Back," predates EC's "The Monkey." Publisher Pix-Parade / Youthful Magazines had ties to DC Comics founder Harry Donenfeld. This issue also features popular singer-songwriter Frankie Laine…

Bill Ward and the Forbidden Love of Broadway Romances #1, at Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: Bill Ward, quality comics, Romance ComicsOne of Quality Comics' themed romance titles, Broadway Romance #1 features Bill Ward cover and art and well-crafted stories about love on Broadway.Article Summary Bill Ward's stand-out cover art for Broadway Romances #1 is one of Quality Comics' best. The sophisticated themes of Quality's 1940s-50s romance era are on display this issue. Quality Comics was publishing 14 romance titles at the peak of…

The Nightmare Romance of Harry Anderson’s Love Journal #10, at Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: Harry Anderson, Romance ComicsHarry Anderson might be best remembered for his Pre-Code Horror Marvel/Atlas covers like Astonishing #32, but his Love Journal #10 is a stand-out.Article Summary Explore the unusual romance cover of Harry Anderson in Love Journal #10. Discover Anderson's impressive career from ghost artist to Marvel/Atlas legend. Uncover the value and rarity of this peculiar 1951 comic book issue at auction. Dive into the…

Jane & the Thunderbolt in Simon & Kirby’s Young Romance 12, at Auction

Posted in: Comics, Heritage Sponsored, Vintage Paper | Tagged: jack kirby, joe simon, Romance Comics, young romanceIn Simon & Kirby's Young Romance #12, Jane falls in love with a man of unmatched strength, "He was the lightning, a thunderbolt, a dynamic force of nature."Article Summary Young Romance #12 cover and art by legends Joe Simon & Jack Kirby. Jane's story of falling in love with a man of unmatched strength that she calls a thunderbolt featured in issue #12. Classic comic book…

Elton John to auction off 900 items worth $10m from former Atlanta home | Elton John

Fans of Sir Elton John’s flamboyant style will next week have the chance to splash out on his snappiest Versace looks in a huge 900-plus lot auction that includes the contents of the Rocket Man’s $7.2m (£5.7m) Atlanta apartment.Christie’s auction house in New York’s Rockefeller Center has been transformed into a John emporium for two live – and six online – sales of the singer’s collection, including several pairs of his trademark thick rim spectacles and a vast art collection that features a Love, Lust and Devotion…