“YOUNG LOVE #74 from way back in June 1969!”
(clap clap clap clap clap)
“With us today is artist Nick Cardy, who drew what is overwhelmingly the most awkward cover scene ever to grace a comic book! It’s a real work of art, folks! The nubile, emotionally distraught daughter with her breasts in her Father’s lap, the pensive, thousand-yard stare of the father into the distance, legs crossed, arms frozen as if he was too embarrassed to move for fear of the discovery of a terrible, embarrassing secret. A true classic and I’m squirming just looking at it. How ever did you do it, Nick?”
“It wasn’t easy. Presenting raw sexual imagery as something innocent and pure is a heck of a balancing act. Like most of my fellow artists in the biz we had a lot of experience sneaking questionable content past the CCA censors but the editor kept rejecting the preliminary sketches I sent him. He’d say: ‘Too innocent! Not sexy enough! Too sexy, want to get me fired? Not enough innuendo! Too MUCH innuendo!’ The cost of mailing all the artwork was nearly my ruin. We didn’t have the internet back then. Human messengers actually risked life and limb running through busy New York streets to deliver the artwork on time! Some died, even, I’m told.”
“But it was totally worth it! You had some stiff competition considering you were up against every comic published in the 1990s. All that hard work really paid off!”
“Yeah, I finally nailed the cover but I had to think about baseball a lot.”
“Nick Cardy, folks!”
(clap clap clap clap clap)
Not much plot, yet nonetheless a riveting read. From Picture News #3 (March 1946).
Okay, so you got that job and have made sure you can keep it. So what is the next step? Why, ditching the rat race and catching a man as soon as possible, of course! Why work like a dog when you can take the easy route and stay home, take care of a husband, keep house and cook?
In the 1950s women secured employment for one of two reasons: They were unattractive or were pretty and on the prowl for husbands. In this tale torn from real life, secretarial pool-member Kathy shows the office skanks that predatory slutting around is not the only way to trap a man into giving up his freedom. This story is unusual because it was not the norm for a woman in 1952 not to use her body to get a ring on her finger (or at least a paid apartment in town and a generous monthly stipend). By relying on her wits and intelligence to find a good husband Kathy defeated her office rivals and secured a productive mate. True, you have to grant the story-teller a huge amount of willing suspension of disbelief at that unrealistic plot but it is still a good story.
While Kathy’s story had a happy ending she took a huge risk by relying on her competence and personality to get the attention of her intended target. Most women are not so fortunate, but Kathy rolled the dice and won. If Howard somehow stopped being distracted by her physical charms he would have been repulsed by Kathy’s brain power. Kathy would then have died alone and childless and been ostracized forever by all the other office hens until she lost her job for not “playing ball”.
From Love Romances #82 (July 1952).
Now that’s sexual harassment! But as everyone knows, it’s okay if a hot, successful or wealthy woman does it because that’s what guys really, secretly want at the workplace; a chance to get married and stop working.
True Secrets #3 (March 1953).
It isn’t harassment if the chick digs it!Oh yeah, it’s from the 50s.
From Lovelorn #9 (Jan 1950).