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First Love Illustrated (1949) comic books

  • Issue #1
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 1

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    Cover art by Tom Gill. "Broken Prom Date" text story. "Party Girl," art by Tom Gill; Kitty and Donna are state government workers in Capitol City; Donna is engaged to Fred, but Kitty is ambitious and has many boyfriends; Donna breaks up with Fred and Kitty takes her on the "party circuit," dating influential visitors. "Out of the Past," art by Tom Gill; Carnival worker Betty falls in love with high-diver Red; When Red is injured in an accident, he calls out for "Ruth" and Betty discovers a letter from Ruth in his wallet; Ruths mother says Betty is Reds sister: he was sent to an orphanage after their mother died, while Betty stayed with their father. "Dateless," pencils by Tom Gill; Sue is the head librarian in Sun Valley; Tired of being called an old maid, she flirts with visiting ski expert Dick, even though she doesnt know how to ski. "After Hours," art by Vic Herman; Waitress Winnie agrees to date the persistent wolf Horatio if he meets her at closing time; When Horatio shows up, Winnie assigns him various clean-up duties at the restaurant; When he falls asleep, exhausted, Winnie departs. "Cupid's Corner"; love poems. "Unmasking of Love" text story. "She Didn't Ask for Love," art by Bob Powell; Cupid steps in to help plain college coed Peggy change her dull looks and capture the heart of football player Gary, to the consternation of Peggys lovely but mean roommate Cynthia. "A Girl Leaves Home," art by Tom Gill; After high school graduation, Linda departs for nursing school, leaving her boyfriend Danny at the mercy of vamp Raven; Danny writes and says he and Raven are getting engaged, so Linda leaves school to confront them; On the way, shes caught by Dr. Roy, who takes her to the scene of a train wreck. "Love Laughs," art by Vic Herman et al.; Cartoons and text jokes. "Dream Date," art by Bob Powell; Tommy makes a date with telephone operator Angel Voice, sight unseen; His father insists Tommy escort Dawn, the daughter of a visiting business acquaintance; Tommy recalls Dawn as a fat kid, so he convinces his pal Buddy to substitute for him with her. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 2

    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Arthur Murray, Bob Powell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tom Gill and Vic Herman. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Cherub "Dan Cupid" narrates the story of how love bloomed at the office for attorney Ronnie and his assistant Laura. Gail meets a handsome cowboy and ill-advisedly tries to follow him back to his ranch, in the delightfully titled "I Tried to Lasso My Love." A tutorial for dancing the rumba, from legendary Hollywood dancer and dance instructor Arthur Murray. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage advice on "How Not to Be a Wallflower." I Was my Sister's Shadow; Unwanted; I Tried To Lasso my Love; Winnie the Waitress; My First Kiss; My First Date; How Not to Be a Wallflower; Rumba - Cuba's National Dance; Love Laughs; I Was a Phony; Career Girl; Cupid's Corner; Sacrifice for Love; Love Makes the World Go 'Round. 48 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 3

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Al Eadeh, Bob Powell, Edgar Allan Poe, Tom Gill and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Nurse Jane finds herself in the unlikely position of having to choose between patient Jerry and surgeon Tom, right when Tom is about to operate on Jerry. Zaftig Roz despairs of being asked to dances or parties because of her plus-size looks, in a story unusual for a 1940s romance comic. Superstitious gal Jinx allows a fortune-teller's advice to ruin her romance with handsome Red. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. Could I Let Jealousy Wreck an Innocent Man's Life?; Gossip Nearly Ruined My Love; Was I Too Fat to Be Loved?; First Kiss; Cupid's Corner; Superstition Made Me Afraid to Love. 44 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 4

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Tearful Bride," art by Tom Gill; Jane and Johnny are engaged, but he doesnt make enough money for them to get married; Johnny finally convinces Jane to get a job to help them make ends meet. "I Fell in Love with a Mama's Boy!", pencils by Al Eadeh; Laura breaks up with Terry because he wants to be a race driver; her father died in a crash and she opposes the sport; She gets a sales job in a department store and finds herself attracted to her supervisor, Dave. "Should I Give Up My Career for Marriage?", pencils by Bob Powell; Rita is promoted to department head at her job; She and Paul fall in love, but he says "No wife of mine is going to work. You're going to have to give up something...either that job or me!" "Weekend Date," art by Vic Herman; Jealous Mabel and Myrtle steal Winnie's luggage when she goes on a weekend trip; She has to improvise her wardrobe--making a bikini out of two handkerchiefs and ball gown out of curtains--and is still the most popular woman at the resort. "Soap-Opera Love" text story by Wanda Carter. "I Suffered for Love," art by Bob Powell; Julies brother Jeff is overly protective, disapproving of her boyfriends; When her father falls ill and dies, Julie learns she is adopted. "Amateur Show," art by Vic Herman; Tired of eating free sandwiches at the Snack Shop where she works, Winnie enters an amateur talent contest hoping to win money for a decent meal; She takes second place with her dish-juggling act. "My One-Sided Romance," art by Tom Gill; Beth has a crush on roller skater Dick, so she trains herself to skate and is paired with him in a contest. Advice column from Nancy Powers. "Am I Too Young to Marry?", pencils by Bob Powell; Betty is 16 years old and wants to marry Bill, but her parents insist she's too young; A "famous authority" says "I believe Betty should wait until she graduates school before she decides." 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 5

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    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Bob Powell, Tom Gill and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Two women take opposing views of romance, with one wanting financial stability and the other holding out for real love. A country doctor risks losing the love of his life because of another woman's money. A woman keeps her identity as a coal miner's daughter a secret from her boyfriend, until a disaster forces her to choose. You Can't Put a Price Tag on Love; I Was a Coal Mine Cinderella; I Fell in Love with a Hollywood Star; First Kiss; Cupid's Corner; I Made a Mistake!; My Rival in Romance. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 6

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Tom Gill and others. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Nurse Judith struggles to choose between two handsome doctors: reliable Alfred or free-wheeling Raymond. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks finds escape through a romance with her wealthy boss. A woman struggles to express her secret love to a classmate. My Hospital Romance; I Was a Snob!; Factory Girl; First Kiss; My Hesitating Heart!; My Secret Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 7

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Tom Gill, William Shakespeare, Bob Powell, Vic Herman and Jack Kamen. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Ellen's jealousy drives men away, but she doesn't really get it until she meets a man who is as possessive as she was. Ann gets an opportunity to live out her lifetime dream of being an actress...but there's a catch. A musical love triangle unfolds between Roger, Marjory and Mark. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. I Was a Child Bride; I Loved Him Too Much!; First Love Winners; Strange Romantic Customs; Glamour Crazy; I Was Faithful to a Memory; Song in My Heart; The Theme That Broke My Heart!; Cupid's Corner; I Trailed My Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 8

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Lee Elias, Tom Gill, Sir Walter Scott, Bob Powell, Vic Herman and Jack Kamen. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Liz loves firefighter Tim, but is anxious about the dangers of his job. Telephone operator Nan doesn't realize the voice on the other end is the man she loves, in a story with fun details of mid-20th century culture and technology. Rich girl Louise convinces dentist Sandy that she's poor and unloved, but she can't keep up the pretense for long. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. Too Hot To Handle; Love in the Saddle; Love Starved; Special Firsts; All's Fair in Love...; Diet for Love; Your Problem; Confessions of a Telephone Operator; Cupid's Corner; Love Laughs; The Man of Many Loves; Love Makes the World Go 'Round. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 9

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Tom Gill, Al Avison and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Vera feels stuck between two worlds because she's only 15, but looks 21. After Trina wins a small fortune, fiance Fred borrows money against his better judgment, giving the impression he's only after her money. Ginny suspects the worst when fiance Kip is seen with beauty Drucie. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. I Passed for 21; Special Firsts; Love Made me Miserable; Dinner for Two; Love Makes the World Go 'Round; No Excuse for Love; Love Laughs; Your Problem; I Paid for Love; Engagement Ring; Spotlight on Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 10

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "I Sinned Against Love!", art by Lee Elias; Jasmine is visiting wealthy friends in the Deep South and meets a young man she thinks is a poor trapper; They fall in love but she cant imagine living as a member of the poverty-stricken class; During a flood, Jasmine and her brother Tony are stranded in a house with a poor family and the trapper. "Strange Romantic Customs" half-page, art by Vic Herman. "My Family's Maid," art by Bob Powell; Jane lives with her widowed mother and 3 sisters, and keeps house for them all; Pressed into service as an escort for Jud, Jane falls in love with the handsome young man. "City Slicker" text story. "Ninon de Lenclos"; Ninon, born in 1620, has many lovers in her life, but she doesnt marry until shes 80 years old, to a man 50 years younger. "Don't Be Conspicuous" How To Hold Your Man story, art by Vic Herman. "I Loved the Wrong Man" text story. "I Begged for His Love" text story. "How Do You Rate on a Date?" questionnaire. "No Man Could Love Me!", art by Bob Powell; Victoria overcomes sexism and becomes a successful architect;. Businessman Harold has Victoria and Nat compete for the job of building a new home for him and his daughter. "Memories for Sale," art by Tom Gill; Grace plans to bid on antiques at an auction but her boyfriend Harvey disapproves; Grace is assisted by local dealer Lon in obtaining the pieces she really wants. Love poems by Lady Blessington, Longfellow, Shakespeare, Plato, E. B. Browning, and Rose Stokes. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 11

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Tom Gill, Bob Powell, Tom Hickey, Robert Browning and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Handsome lawyer Kit defends old friend Julia for murder, but she's still in love with the late Rex. Harriet loves struggling composer Mickey, but isn't prepared for the hardships of poverty. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. She Loved a Dead Man; The Misery of Love; I Married a Jockey; Sneak Thief; First Love Winners; Cupid's Corner; Love Laughs; Your Problem; Strange Romantic Customs; What I Learned from Love!; My Father's Keeper; Poor Man's Wife; Stolen Moments. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 12

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    "I Had To Run Away," pencils by Warren Kremer; After graduation, Joy goes to live with her father, the warden of an island prison; Joy falls in love with inmate Carl and agrees to help him escape; They make it to the mainland, where Carl admits he is just using her as a hostage. Advice column where Nancy Powers gives advice to readers. "Hasty Wedding!", pencils by John Giunta, inks by Manny Stallman; Betty is engaged to farmer Curt, but when his brother Ralph returns from college, she is attracted to him; Ralph and Betty fall in love and wed; Ralph drops out of school to run the farm, and Curt leaves. "Strange Romantic Customs" fact page, pencils by Warren Kremer. "I Asked For It!" text story. "What's Your T.Q.?"; Be smart on the phone and use your Telephone Quotient. "Hearts Divided"; Bonnie travels to Scotland to settle an inheritance, leaving her fiancé Vic behind; Her plane crashes and Vic thinks shes dead. "Beauty Can Be Skin Deep!"; Advice for skin care. Love poems by Robert Browning, Heinrich Heine, Burns, Tennyson, Woodberry, and Palmer. Love jokes. "The Story Behind The Cover" text story. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 13

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    Stories and art by Bob Powell and others. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Lonely Geri joins a scandalous club that ruins her reputation and her chances with a young reporter, in the provocatively titled "I Joined a Teen-Age Sex Club!" A young runaway finds trouble on the road. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. Torrid roll-in-the-hay cover features an Elvis Presley lookalike, although Elvis wouldn't start recording for a few more years. Confessions of a Runaway!; I Joined a Teen-Age Sex Club! ; Flaming Romance; Torment; What's In a Name?; I Was Robbed of Love; Just For Tonight!; Your Problem; Strange Romantic Customs; What I Learned from Love!; For Hunters Only! 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 14

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    "Reckless Redhead!", inks by Lee Elias; In Florida, Marlo is swept off her feet by Lance, the enforcer for gambling ship proprietor Winters; Infatuated with him, Marlo marries Lance after they flee a police raid, but later leaves when he is possessive and physically abusive to her. "Stolen Love" text story. "I Had a Year To Love!", art by Vic Donahue; Secretary Eileen falls in love with her boss Tim, but her sister Linda steals him away; However, when she learns Tim has an incurable illness and a year to live, Linda dumps him; Eileen asks Tim to marry her. "Little White Lie!" text story. "Strange Romantic Customs" fact page. "Wedding Day" text story. Column in which Nancy Powers gives advice to readers. "Loveless Lady," art by John Sink; Warrens mother marries Lord Leland; Warren is attracted to Pamela, Lelands niece, but she has been sheltered from the world and doesnt know how to react to him. "What's in a Name?" fact page; Female first names and their origins. "Shameful Escapade," art by Bob Powell; Teenaged sisters Lila and Francine sneak out and pick up Len and Ernie, two sailors on leave, but balk at having sex with them, and admit their ages (15 and 16); Calling them "cheap and common and dumb," the sailors tell them to leave, then repent and safely escort them home. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 15

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Side-Street Love," art by Bob Powell; Bored Sally is engaged to Frank but begins an affair with department store night watchman Buck, who gives her gifts he "bought" with his "employee discount" (Buck actually stole the merchandise); Sally spends time with Buck in the closed store at night, hoping hell propose marriage. "Afraid To Tell" text story. "Brute Force," art by Lee Elias; Janie has a crush on former schoolmate Clark, now a professional boxer; Clark repeatedly sends her away because he has no future and no security to offer her. "No Hope for Happiness!", art by Jack Sparling; Reporter Bart investigates the death of Janice, a mysterious blonde whose body was washed up on a beach; He becomes obsessed with her, to the detriment of his relationship with fellow newspaper employee Sylvia. "She's No Lady," art by Tom Hickey; At lunchtime each day, Meg helps her father Frank with his lunch wagon business outside a local factory, then returns to school; She breaks up with factory worker Biff in order to date wealthy classmate Hal; Hal asks Meg to hide her humble origins from his parents, but when a factory worker gets fresh and Biff defends her, Hals father—who owns the factory—sees her there. Column in which Nancy Powers gives advice to readers. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #16
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 16

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Racetrack Girl!", art by Jack Sparling; Horse trainer Slim Nelson is in love with Julie Foster and wants marriage, but she won't consider the proposal; Although he satisfies her sexual needs, she wants more from life than racetracks, stables, and horses; During a vacation trip with her father, Julie meets handsome, polished Ronald Sampson, Jr., and the two fall in love. "Easy Loving!", art by Bob Powell; Bill leaves town for military service after promising Sally eternal love and fidelity, but, as time passes, he writes less often and Sally finally receives a "Dear Jane" letter; She is crushed; True love is only a trick of the imagination, she tells herself, and then decides to give herself to any man that comes her way rather than be fooled again. "Mail Order Romance" text story. Strange Romantic Customs fact page. "The Engagement Ring" text story. "Good-Time Girl!", art by John Sink; Joan Starling would like to have a fast, fun life like her sister but she's stuck with Ted, a man who makes little money; The two sisters leave home after arguments with their mother and move into an apartment with roommates Trudy and Helen; Joan's life changes dramatically. She wears chic new clothes, attends glamorous movie premieres, and dallies on luxury yachts with sexy men. "Love in Bondage," art by Tom Hickey; On the job, John meets and falls in love at first sight with Perdita, a part-Brazilian beauty who is very closely guarded in the Latin tradition by her mother. Column in which Nancy Powers gives advice to readers. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 17

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    Stories and art by Bob Powell, Jack Sparling, Tom Hickey and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Washington DC beauty Jean is dismayed to learn her father has basically arranged a marriage for her. Terry must choose at the altar between the man she loves and the man she's been pledged to marry. Joan falls for Carl, but he's not ready to risk his heart. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. My Heart Played Politics; The Difference Between Us! ; My Golden Dream!; Strange Romantic Customs; Ice-Bound Love!; Interrupted Wedding; Nobody Must Know!; My Outcast Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #18
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 18

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Scandal-Smeared Love," art by Al Avison; Newspaper photographer Lorna threatens to ruin the reputation of Teds skating rink unless he sells out to her boss Bill Brown; The paper publishes a photo of Ted kissing his fiance Carol and claims the rink is an unwholesome place for teens. "Mad Flirtation" text story, art by Jack Sparling. "He Loved Me Not"; Florist Laurie-Ann is in love with regular customer Ken, but refuses to respond to his romantic advances because she thinks hes sending flowers to another woman; Ken explains that the "other woman" is the widow of "a dead Army buddy of mine." "In Love With a Married Man!" text story. Strange Romantic Customs fact page. "Torch for the Wrong Guy" text story. "Choose Well, My Heart!"; Susan and Jeff are in love, but cant get married until he earns his engineering degree; She doesnt want to wait; One day, Susan is struck by wealthy Tonys car but not seriously injured. "Tragic Awakening," art by Tom Hickey; Peggy drops out of high school and gets a factory job; She finds her new freedom fun at first, but when college student Ted interviews her for a project, he is shocked that she voluntarily left school and Peggy begins to regret her actions; Peggy dates Ted but feels he looks down on her and goes back to her factory boyfriend Mac. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #19
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 19

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    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Bob Powell, Jack Sparling, Tom Hickey and John Sink. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Janet fears losing her explorer lover Jack to a beautiful blonde native girl. Soldier Bill loves Arlene, but he doesn't realize it's Cora who has actually been writing him all those letters. Jenny can't decide between Rod or Steve so she dates both, but that won't end well. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. Savage Love!; False Sweetheart; Too Young To Know; Your Problem; Strange Romantic Customs; Fire in My Heart; Office Romance; Dance of Love; One Love Too Many. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #20
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 20

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Jack Sparling, Al Avison and John Sink. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Nurse Jill must help the doctor she loves save the woman he loves on the operating table. Linda loves trapeze artist Jon, but is anxious about the dangers of his job. Fencing champion Bette is torn between the winning the championship match or winning the heart of rival Gary. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. Born for Heartbreak!; Ghost of Love; My Own Rival!; Your Problem; Strange Romantic Customs; High Swing to Love; Love Reborn; I Fought for Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #21
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 21

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "I Sinned Against Love"; Gail schemes to make her wealthy high school boyfriend Ron propose to her before hes inducted into the Army; They elope but keep it a secret from everyone; While Ron is gone, Gail gets an office job in another town and falls in love with her boss Frank. "The Luckiest Girl in Town" text story. "Dangerous Deception!", art by Tom Hickey; Secretary Ginny loves her boss Ted; She disguises herself and attends a masquerade ball so she can flirt with him; They fall in love but Ginny reveals her true identity when she helps Ted rescue valuable files from a fire that threatens their office. Strange Romantic Customs fact page. Advice to readers by Nancy Powers. "Starved for Love!", art by Bob Powell; Lauries parents are too busy to give her love and affection; Even though she doesnt love fellow student Bill, she continues to date him because he has a close-knit family and she basks in that atmosphere. "The Choice Was Mine" text story. "Fool's Paradise," art by Jack Sparling; Office worker Connie is hired as a roller derby skater and is trained by Don, but she rejects his romantic overtures to concentrate on her career; However, she makes an exception for wealthy Michael: they date and fall in love. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #22
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 22

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Love Above All!", art by Bob Powell; Angela graduates from high school and is trained by tennis pro Laura; Discarding her boyfriend Glen, Angela flirts with sportswriter Walt to further her career, even though she knows Laura loves him; However, Angela challenges Laura to a match and Walt realizes she is only using him. "Double Desire"; Jack and Dale are partners in an ad agency and are dating Sue and Mike, respectively; Dale suspects Mike is cheating on her with Sue, and breaks up with him; Jack and Dale pretend to be lovers to make Mike and Sue jealous. "Doomed To Heartbreak" text story. Strange Romantic Customs fact page. Advice to readers by Nancy Powers. "A Stranger's Kiss," art by Jack Sparling; Office worker Joan takes her vacation at fancy Manor Lodge, hoping to find a rich husband; On the train, she meets Hal and they hit it off, but hes "only an insurance agent" and she wants more. "Dream for Sale" text story. "He Wanted Too Much!", art by Al Avison; Mary is the private secretary of gambler Rocky, and is his girlfriend as well; He encourages her to date college basketball player Nick and prevent him from playing in a big game. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #23
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 23

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    Stories and art by Jack Sparling and others. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. American-born Japanese woman Ann falls for handsome soldier John after WWII, in a torrid love triangle (and cover) somewhat topical and controversial for its time. A couple is divided over the proper speed to develop their romance. A woman feels romance is dead, but then she meets a man who changes her mind. I Was a Japanese War Bride; Too Fast For Me; Strange Passion; Model For Heartbreak; I Didnt Believe in Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #24
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 24

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Beyond Passion," art by Jack Sparling; Kathie lives in the Everglades with her father and brother; She and visiting photographer Ted fall in love, but when magazine writer Eve arrives, she and Ted renew their acquaintance. "A Love To Lose," pencils by John Sink; Bored socialite Betty flirts with "poor-but-honest" Dave as a change from her usual boyfriends, then falls in love with him; He wants to become a veterinarian but she gets him to change his plans; Betty then falls in love with Stan and has to think of a way to dump Dave without being blamed; She pretends to be a "cheap, vulgar hussy" so Dave will break up with her. "No Greater Love..." text story. "Decision in Love," pencils by Bob Powell; Ellen is engaged to small town doctor Ralph, but becomes infatuated with miner Andy; She and Ralph break up, but Ellen finds herself repelled by Andys rough friends; Andy dumps her. "One Moment's Madness" text story. "Dangerous Interlude," pencils by Joe Certa; Heading home on spring break, college student Joyce falls for George, a handsome officer on a lake steamer; However, Joyce learns George isnt serious, and flirts with each attractive passenger in the same way. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #25
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 25

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    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Jack Sparling, Al Avison, Tom Hickey and John Sink. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Depressed Korean War veteran Curt falls in love with a young woman who engages him day-after-day in conversation on a park bench. Tess becomes engaged to wealthy John but doesn't feel she'll fit in with his strait-laced family, until she meets his carefree brother Mike. Babs is scarred in an accident and feels she will never be loved again, but her attorney Bill begs to differ. Jilted Pride!; Miracle of Love; One Night of Love; Man of My Choice; Delayed Destiny; Scars on My Heart. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #26
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 26

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Dangerous Rival," art by Warren Kremer; Ann loves bandleader Roger, but he falls under the spell of singer Myra; Ann becomes a runaway success on her own as a music arranger but Rogers career falters when Myra dumps him for another man; Using fake names, Ann writes music which revives Rogers popularity. "My Frozen Heart!" text story. "Stolen Kisses!", art by Bob Powell; "Poor high school girl" Paula breaks up with Bob because she has an "extravagant dream"; She falls in love with Frank, who showers her with gifts of jewelry, then learns hes a wanted jewel thief. "I Bargained With Love!", pencils by Joe Certa; Roz is hired as a secretary in an ad agency and works to get ahead; She and her boss Larry fall in love, but when Larry discourages her career ambitions, she reports him to the president of the firm. "I Loved Him Too Much!" text story. "Portrait of Passion," art by Al Avison; Pam is engaged to artist Tom; Art dealer Howard is attracted to Pam and she decides to cultivate his friendship to help Toms career; Pam falls in love with Howard and breaks up with Tom, but when she hears Howard harshly criticize Toms work out of spite, she leaves him. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #27
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 27

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Jack Sparling, Warren Kremer, Joe Certa and Bob Powell. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Diner waitress falls for trucker Jay, but her trauma over the car accident that killed her family leaves her with a fear of his job. A hotel receptionist falls for wealthy Hugh, but his fiancee warns her that he's not the steady type. Marsha wants to support Don's boxing career, but her ethical lapses turn him off. Heartbreak Highway; Your Problem; Stolen Interlude; The Wrong Kind of Love; Sinful Surrender; Budget Beauty; Too Smart for Love; Promise of Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #28
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 28

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Jack Sparling, John Sink, Tom Hickey and Bob Powell. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Nurse Ann is tempted to violate professional and personal ethics for love. Judith fears telling Keith the dark secret from her past, but she can't hide the truth any longer. Gloria treasures security so much, she convinces pilot Steve to give up flying, the one thing he truly loves besides her. Classic nursesploitation cover by Al Avison. Trapped by Temptation; Your Problem; Flatter Your Type; Homecoming; My Dark Past; Campaign for Love; Betrayed by Love; Price-Tag on Passion. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #29
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 29

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    Stories and art by Lee Elias, Jack Sparling, John Sink, Tom Hickey and Bob Powell. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Shary dates a dangerous rebel despite her friends' warnings. Mary loves struggling grocery clerk Ralph, but she really admires a go-getter like Bob. Doris will stop at nothing to keep Mark in her life, but he's turned off by her dishonesty. Tainted Kisses; Your Problem; Marriage Memos!; My Perfect Love; I Loved a Weakling; Shameful Surrender; A Child at Love; I'll Never Let You Go. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #30
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 30

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    "Love Betrayed," art by Bill Draut; Reporter Lorna gets a job incognito at Keiths muck-raking newspaper, which accuses her uncle Arnold, a rival publisher, of political corruption; Lorna falls in love with Keith and learns he was right about her uncle. Nancy Powers advice column. "Dangerous Interlude" text story. "Flame in My Heart," art by Joe Certa; Heiress June visits her Aunt Cora and meets Ted, an old flame; Shed like to make up, but Teds girlfriend Irene warns her to stay away; June learns her aunt has lost the family fortune. "Love Made Me Hate," art by Jack Sparling; Myras family spends its vacation on a farm and Myra falls in love with hired hand Stan; She is jealous of local girl Beth and behaves rudely. "Fix Your Face!" beauty tips, art by Bill Draut. "Two Loves Have I" text story. "Pathway to Sin," art by Bob Powell; Will gives Gale a ride after her car breaks down, and flirts with her; Even though Gale is engaged to Steve, she is passionately attracted to Will and begins to doubt her love for Steve; Gale learns Will is in the process of divorcing his wife Nora. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #31
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 31

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Another Man's Kisses," art by Bill Draut; Generals daughter Lynne dates soldier Earl but then falls in love with new officer Vic; When she sees Vic kissing his old girlfriend Margo, Lynne goes back to Earl, who steals a jeep and goes AWOL to be with her. "When Your Lover Has Gone...", art by Al Avison; Advice for women whose boyfriends are serving in the military. "Threat to My Love!" text story. "One Moment's Madness," pencils by John Sink; Because Ellens mother is the maid for the wealthy Van Gould family, Ellen gets second-hand dresses from Gloria Van Gould; Ronnie mistakes her for one of Glorias rich friends and Ellen maintains the deception to date him. "Payment for My Sin," pencils by Joe Certa; Beth dates her fellow factory workers but refuses to get serious and gets the reputation as "a cheap, fast date!"; She accepts Larrys proposal of marriage but really loves his friend Nick. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Weak with Wanting" text story. "Meant for Passion," art by Jack Sparling; Lawyer Grace joins the Ordway law firm, even though fellow worker Alex doesnt think women should be lawyers; Grace agrees to date him, planning to put him in his place; She also agrees to represent Carl when Alex says he "is as guilty as sin!"; Carl says hes innocent but the man who can clear him has left town. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #32
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 32

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Al Avison, Jack Sparling, Tom Hickey and Bob Powell. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Pop star Ferne has millions of fans, but is ignored by the one man she truly loves. Vince convinces model Louise to date some of the men in his "Lonely Hearts Club," but things soon spin out of control. Redheaded Carol gets a job as a maid and falls for her employer's impetuous brother Larry. Song of Surrender; Your Problem; Jewelry Jottings; I Played With Fire; My Lonely Heart; Secret Sinner; Not Good Enough For Him; Why Can't He Love Me. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #33
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 33

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    Cover art by Joe Certa. "Unafraid, I Love Thee," art by Bob Powell; Tom and Lynn are high school sweethearts but hes drafted into the Army shortly after graduation; Lynn follows Tom to camp but finds the town crowded and boring. "How To Make a Man Propose!", art by Tom Hickey; Advice how to please different types of men. "No Longer Alone" text story. "Runaway Passion," pencils by John Sink; Sally loves Greg but he is possessive, selfish and domineering; After a fight, Sally agrees to elope with Fred, another suitor, out of spite; She then has a nervous breakdown and contracts amnesia. "Trapped," art by Tom Hickey; Peggy and Jim are engaged; Jim is enraged when visiting sailor Dick flirts with her; Dick later writes her a love letter and Jim is even more jealous; Peggy says they cant be together if he doesnt trust her. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Pride..." text story. "I Laughed at Love," art by Jack Sparling; Connie is the assistant to television producer Peter; He is critical and domineering but she falls in love with him; Connie then dates dancer Allen and they fall in love; Peter says Allen is an incurable womanizer who is lying to Connie; Allen tricks Connie into visiting him at the hospital, falsely claiming hes ill: he proposes marriage to her and she realizes he is the man she loves. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #34
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 34

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    Cover by Warren Kremer. Stories and art by Bill Draut, John Prentice, John Giunta, Manny Stallman, Tom Hickey and Leonard Starr. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. As the comic takes a lurid pre-Code turn, hillbilly gal Carol finds her chances for romance ruined by her controlling Pa and big brother Bill. Self-proclaimed "bad girl" Joan takes up with Harry after a scandalous past that includes reform school and a nightclub job. Ellen pretends she doesn't care that war veteran Alan is now a double amputee, but she secretly feels everything has changed. Man-Starved; Dinner Date Data!; All Defenses Down; Bad Girl; I Paid With Kisses; Nancy Powers Solves Your Problem; Mirror, Mirror On The Wall; My Heart Cried Out. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #35
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 35
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    Cover art by Lee Elias. "Forbidden To Love Him!", art by Bill Draut; Susan falls in love with John, but is shocked when he admits hes an American Indian; She accepts his marriage proposal but her parents are violently prejudiced and beat Susan when she refuses to stop seeing him. "Love for Sale!" text story. "Don't Be Dominating!", art by Tom Hickey; Advice on how to treat a boyfriend. "Desire Me," art by Bob Powell; To save her brother Jimmy from jail, secretary Kit is forced to take a job as a scantily-clad "hostess" for Rudy, whose skating rink is a front for crooked activities; Kit falls in love with U.S. Navy sailor Steve but Rudy compels her to act like a slut in front of him. "Weak with Wanting," art by Tom Hickey; Pegs soldier boyfriend Hal is deployed overseas but doesnt write to her; A friend convinces her to go on a double-date but when her escort makes a pass, Peg says "I never want any man but Hal to touch me!"; When shes rescued in the woods by hunter Larry, Peg gives in to her feelings and they kiss. "The Promise" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Kisses for Sale," pencils by Manny Stallman; Marcia dates many men, dropping each one for a better "prospect"; even after accepting an engagement ring from Brad, she flaunts herself to others; Marcia dumps Brad when she meets Frank, whom she really loves. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #36
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 36

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Never Come Back," art by John Prentice; After their parents death, Carol raises her much younger sister Kathy but is cruel and domineering; Carol marries Wes and Kathy likes him, but the marriage breaks up; When shes 18, Kathy falls in love with Barry then Carol steals him away. "No Other Choice!" text story. "Roads to Romance!", art by Tom Hickey; How to meet a man in everyday life. "Out of Sight," inks by Jack Abel; Tracy falls in love with writer Jamie but for some mysterious reason they cant commit to each other, and Carol makes a play for his affections; At the end of the story, Tracy undergoes an operation and Jamie rushes to her bedside: she was blind but now can see. "He Bought My Love," art by Bob Powell; Secretary Sheila falls in love with her boss Bryce, but he doesnt believe in marriage; Sheila then dates Frank and decides to marry him, but Bryce threatens to tell Frank that she was his mistress, "proving" this with cancelled checks for the gifts he gave her. "Career Girl" text story. "Love Slaves," art by Bill Draut; Julia and her boyfriend Jan are put in a labor camp behind the Iron Curtain; When Jan tries to defend Julia from Inspector Godenoffs lecherous advances, he is beaten. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #37
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 37

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    "Gangster's Girl!", art by Bill Draut; Gangster Joe sends his girlfriend Ann to renew her friendship with honest politician Phil; They fall in love; When Phil loses an election to Joes crooked candidate, he says at least he has Ann. "Dangerous Deception" text story. "It's a Date!" one-page story, art by Tom Hickey. "No Love for Me," art by Leonard Starr; 17-year-old Myrna marries the older Randolph at her fathers urging, but then falls in love with Devon; She refuses to consider divorce and Devon becomes engaged to Vivian; When Randolph is killed in an accident, Devon comes back, but Myrna wont let him break his promise to marry Vivian. "Doomed to Heartbreak," art by Bob Powell; Glorys widowed father Steve marries Margaret and she and her grown son Jack move to Steves ranch; Glory and Jack fall in love, but Margaret opposes their match; Glory finally learns the truth: Jack has a hereditary disease and only a few years to live. "Champion's Girl" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Bedeviled," art by John Prentice; Ross is forced to work as a carnival dancer to pay off her boyfriend Lukes gambling debt to carnival owner Jonah; Ross is caught up in the carny atmosphere and breaks up with Luke, but when Jonah makes a move on her, she rejects him; An angry Jonah physically abuses Ross but Luke returns and defeats him in a fight. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #38
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 38

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    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Bill Draut, John Prentice, Manny Stallman, and Bob Powell. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Jazz pianist Lynn meets heartbreaker Johnny at the Black Gondola jazz club, in a story "written in the authentic language of jazz," says the contents page. Housemaid Miriam is torn between struggling minister Paul and a life of riches promised by the sleazy Zach. Secretary Josie falls for handsome, mysterious Pete at a ski resort, but he doesn't want to tell her his secret. Also featuring an ad for Harvey's foursome of classic pre-Code horror comics, Black Cat, Chamber of Chills, Witches Tales and Tomb of Terror. I Paid for My Past; One Mistake; Is it Love?; Downbeat for Love; Strange Love; Your Problems; A Right to Dream; Take Me Back. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #39
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 39

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    Cover art by Lee Elias. "For Love or Money," art by John Prentice; Alice falls in love with struggling engineer Bill but her wealthy father thinks hes a fortune-hunter; Alice agrees to move to England with her parents for 6 months to prove her love for Bill can stand the separation; Once there, shes courted by penniless aristocrat Matt and wonders if shes falling for him. "Dangerous Escapade" text story. "Intuition" non-fiction page, art by Tom Hickey. "Driven To Ruin," art by Manny Stallman; Sallys boyfriend Steve plays professional football but isnt good enough; He refuses to acknowledge his failure and Sally criticizes him for it; they break up. "My Hidden Heart!", pencils by Warren Kremer, inks by Lee Elias; Ella is engaged to Arnie but finds herself attracted to singer Lance; Despite feeling "cheap and wanton," she has an affair with Lance, even though he freely admits they dont have a future together; Ella loans Lance money to pay his gambling debts, but hes murdered anyway. "Take Care, My Heart" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Love Walked Out," art by Bob Powell; Government worker June falls in love with her boss, Cobb, but his secretary Inez is jealous; June is accused of stealing secret documents and fired. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #40
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 40

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    Cover pencils by Warren Kremer, inks by Al Avison. "Prisoner of Passion," art by Bill Draut; Noras immigrant father insists she date brutish steel plant foreman Rusk, although she prefers newcomer Cam; Rusk threatens Noras father, brothers, and Cam with harm unless she breaks up with Cam. "Chance of a Lifetime" text story. "Second Date-Bait!" one-page story, art by Bob Powell. "The Barrier," pencils by Manny Stallman, inks by John Giunta; Renees fiancé Dan is killed in an airplane crash on his way home from Korea; Renee gets an office job but withdraws from social activities until her friend Peg insists that she attend a party; Renee meets Air Corps officer Alan, Pegs cousin, and they fall in love. "Trial by Fire," art by Bob Powell; After graduating from college, Carrie intends to marry Hurd but learns he had an affair while she was away; Carrie decides to visit her uncles ranch to "think things through"; She is courted by ranch foreman Wade and responds to his advances but upon reflection decides Hurd is the man for her. "Love's Decision" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Love Was My Sin," art by John Prentice; Frances is released from reform school after serving 4 years for theft; Her boyfriend Lou had asked her to steal, but denied everything when she was caught; Frances takes a factory job but cynically refuses to date anyone, until she meets new worker Johnny; She tries to resist but eventually they fall in love. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #41
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 41

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    Cover art by Lee Elias. "To Find My Love," art by Bill Draut; Jeff and Laurie are fellow art students, although Jeff is irresponsible and his older brother Steve doesnt think hes serious about his studies; Laurie takes a part-time job in a department store when Jeff squanders his inheritance money, then discovers Jeff is cheating on her with Margo; They argue and Jeff falls out of a window and is left paralyzed. "His Other Love" text story. "Lend-Lease on Glamor!" one-page story, art by Tom Hickey. "One More Time," art by John Prentice; May dates many men but "cant feel anything with anyone!"; She goes out with Ted but refuses to respond to his romantic overtures. "Burning Memory," art by Ray Bailey; After her mother dies in prison, Holly decides to become a nurse; She and wealthy patient Tony fall in love but his snobbish parents learn of her mothers past. "Too Good For Him" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Search For Love," pencils by Bob Powell; Pamela lives in Coaltown but is determined to make a better life for herself and refuses to date coal miners; After placing a personal ad in a magazine, she corresponds with Jim and meets him in New York: they fall in love but he doesnt propose, and she sadly goes home. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #42
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 42

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    Cover art by Lee Elias. "Loveless," art by John Prentice; Orphan Lois is raised by her spinster Aunt Anna; Due to the "man-shortage," she cant find romance; She dates Bert but he vanishes when she presses for a marriage proposal, and the same thing happens when her friend Stella sets her up with George; Stella moves away and asks Lois to escort her fiancé Bob around town. "Security for My Heart" text story. "The Boy Loves You When..." one-page story, art by Tom Hickey. "Forgive Me, Darling," art by Manny Stallman; Truck-stop waitress Kathy is rescued from lecherous patron Duke by Walt; They fall in love but she insists he choose between her and a two-month job hes signed up for elsewhere; He says "nobody bosses me" and they break up; Kathy dates Tommy, then discovers he and Duke are hijackers who plan to rob Walt. "Man-Hater," art by Bob Powell; Left at the altar by her fiancé Jim, Cora avenges herself by making men fall in love with her and then humiliating them; However, when she meets Glen, she actually falls in love; They plan to wed, but Glen fails to show up at city hall for the ceremony. "Dream Girl" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "Ecstasy," art by Ray Bailey; Pam leaves her boring fiancé Tom and goes to the beach for summer vacation; Artist Neil asks Pam to pose for him and they fall in love; On the train back home, Pam discovers Neil hates children. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #43
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 43

    Cover art by Lee Elias. "Resort Romeo," art by John Prentice; June Baker and her mother manage a summer resort, the only thing her father left them after his death; But it is heavily in debt and Charlie Wayde holds the mortgage and wants to marry June. "Through With Love" text story. "Complexion Clues," art by Tom Hickey; Hints on matching skin color, hair color and clothes. "Yesterday's Love," pencils by Al Avison; Carla has been dating Bern Madsen, and she is ready to marry him but still thinks of Jeff Condon, a pilot she met while he was on furlough from Korea. "True To My Love," pencils by Bill Draut; Sharon hates watching her sister Elaine suffer through, married to Phil who "gets by" working at a gas station; Vowing not to let that happen to her, Sharon goes to New York to find a "rich man" and meets Larry Curtiss, son of her boss; After he proposes, he tells Sharon he has used every penny he had to buy into an ad agency in Dallas. "Man Stealer" text story. Advice to readers from Nancy Powers. "First Claim on Him," art by Bob Powell; Judy works at the Hi School Music Shop, and was intently listening to the new record by Joe Banner, when he enters the store; There is an immediate connection, and during their whirlwind romance, Judy learns that Joe still lives with his mother. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #44
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 44

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    Cover by Lee Elias. Stories and art by Bill Draut, John Prentice, Manny Stallman, Tom Hickey and Al Avison. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Coreen wants to marry handsome Ted, but her father, a brutal oil baron, swears to kill Ted first. An instructional page gives advice for interacting with guys, recommending that women "stand on their own 2 feet." Amy tires of living in the shadow of her beautiful sister Rosalie, but then falls for fugitive criminal Johnny Largo when he seeks shelter on her property. The Right to Love; Man-Bait; A Little Bit Independent!; A Man of My Own; Just a Little Faith; Nancy Powers Solves Your Problem; Return to Love; Cursed. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #45
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 45

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    Cover by Lee Elias and Warren Kremer. Stories and art by Bill Draut, John Prentice, Manny Stallman, Tom Hickey and Al Avison. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Racetrack owner Julie is torn between horse trainer Slim, who loves her, and wealthy Ronald, who believes she is part of the upper class like himself. Joan bypasses steady cop Ted for a fast life of parties in the city, but when she gets arrested, she's reunited with Ted. John falls for Brazilian beauty Perdita, but learns her mother has already arranged a marriage for her. Racetrack Girl!; Easy Loving!; Mail Order Romance; The Engagement Ring!; Good-Time Girl!; Your Problem; Love in Bondage; Special Firsts. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #46
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 46

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    Cover by Lee Elias and Warren Kremer. Stories and art by Tom Gill, William Shakespeare, Bob Powell, Vic Herman and Jack Kamen. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Ellen's jealousy drives men away, but she doesn't really get it until she meets a man who is as possessive as she was. Ann gets an opportunity to live out her lifetime dream of being an actress...but there's a catch. A musical love triangle unfolds between Roger, Marjory and Mark. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. I Was a Child Bride; I Loved Him Too Much!; First Love Winners; Strange Romantic Customs; Glamour Crazy; I Was Faithful to a Memory; Song in My Heart; The Theme That Broke My Heart!; Cupid's Corner; I Trailed My Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #47
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 47
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    Cover by Warren Kremer. Stories and art by Tom Gill, Al Avison and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes love poetry, advice to readers, and occasional pre-Code notoriety. Vera feels stuck between two worlds because she's only 15 but looks 21. After Trina wins a small fortune, fiance Fred borrows money against his better judgment, giving the impression he's only after her money. Ginny suspects the worst when fiance Kip is seen with beauty Drucie. Plus "true" reader tales of love, love poetry from classic authors, and vintage love advice. I Passed for 21; Special Firsts; Love Made me Miserable; Dinner for Two; Love Makes the World Go 'Round; No Excuse for Love; I Paid for Love; Engagement Ring; Spotlight on Love. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #48
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 48

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    "I Had To Run Away, pencils by Warren Kremer; After graduation, Joy goes to live with her father, the warden of an island prison; Joy falls in love with inmate Carl and agrees to help him escape. "Hasty Wedding!", pencils by John Giunta, inks by Manny Stallman; Betty is engaged to farmer Curt, but when his brother Ralph returns from college, she is attracted to him; Ralph and Betty fall in love and wed; Ralph drops out of school to run the farm, and Curt leaves; Ralph cant manage the farm alone and asks Curt to return. "An Exciting Perfume...This Is Important to Every Attractive Girl!" "Hearts Divided"; Bonnie travels to Scotland to settle an inheritance, leaving her fiancé Vic behind; Her plane crashes and Vic thinks shes dead; However, Bonnie had wandered away from the crash and is rescued by an old farm couple; After recovering, she returns to the USA and searches for Vic, but hes vanished. "The Story Behind the Cover" text story. "Beauty Can Be Skin Deep!"; Advice for skin care. Cupid's Corner love poems by Robert Browning, Heinrich Heine, Burns, Tennyson, Woodberry, and Palmer. Half page of love jokes. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #49
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 49

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    Cover art by Al Avison. "Side-Street Love," art by Bob Powell; Bored Sally is engaged to Frank but begins an affair with department store night watchman Buck, who gives her gifts he "bought" with his "employee discount" (Buck actually stole the merchandise); Sally spends time with Buck in the closed store at night, hoping hell propose marriage. "Afraid To Tell" text story. "Brute Force," art by Lee Elias; Janie has a crush on former schoolmate Clark, now a professional boxer; Clark repeatedly sends her away because he has no future and no security to offer her; When another fighter makes a pass at Janie, Clark knocks him out and says hell have to marry Janie to keep her out of trouble. "No Hope for Happiness!", art by Jack Sparling; Reporter Bart investigates the death of Janice, a mysterious blonde whose body was washed up on a beach; He becomes obsessed with her, to the detriment of his relationship with fellow newspaper employee Sylvia. "She's No Lady," art by Tom Hickey; At lunchtime each day, Meg helps her father Frank with his lunch wagon business outside a local factory, then returns to school; She breaks up with factory worker Biff in order to date wealthy classmate Hal. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #50
    First Love Illustrated (1949) 50

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    Cover by Al Avison. Stories and art by Bob Powell, Jack Kamen and Lee Elias. Harvey's entry in the romance-comic genre includes advice to readers and tales of love and heartbreak. Oil wildcatter Tom falls for Julie, the country girl who carried him to safety after a mugging. Redheaded celebrity stand-in Sheila falls for movie star Les, who thinks she's the real deal. Sue convinces Steve she's in love with him, but secretly she's not so sure, until a car accident changes everything. First issue to feature the Comics Code seal on the cover. You Can't Gamble on Love; I Fell in Love With my Boss; Enchanted Holiday; My Test for Love; I Was a Failure in Marriage; Dangerous Deception. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.