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Pictorial Romances (1950) comic books

  • Issue #4
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 4

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    Photo cover. "I Changed My Life to Catch a Man!", script by Dana Dutch, art by Chuck Miller; Perry agrees to help June get a date with her crush Ken; After her makeover, she suddenly becomes popular with boys; Ken asks June for a date and Perry advises June to join the school dramatics club to seal the deal, since Ken thinks hes a good actor; June discovers Ken is egotistic and a two-timer; Perry says June should date other guys to make Ken jealous. "Glamour Was My Weakness," pencils by Matt Baker; Ginger spends her savings on a vacation at swanky Hillview Manor, over her boyfriend Jims objections. She falls in love with David there; hes engaged to Fran but says its a family thing; David demonstrates "a diabolical recklessness" that frightens Ginger; Jim arrives and teams up with Fran. "I Was Trapped by Kisses I Couldn't Resist!", pencils by Chuck Miller; Martha vows to dedicate herself to studying at college, but when she meets Ralph, she says "Id love to kiss his fine, strong mouth!"; However, Ralph never asks her for a date because she has a reputation as a "snob" and a "grind"; On a winter break skiing excursion organized by professor Arnold, Martha flirts with him to make Ralph jealous. "My Dangerous Flaw"; Linda arrives at college and ruffles feathers with her superior attitude and disregard for rules; She and Johnny fall in love but he doesnt like it when she acts like "a spoiled brat"; Linda dates Bruce and theyre involved in an auto accident. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 5

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    Cover art by Matt Baker. "My Runaway Heart" text story by Dana Dutch. "I Changed My Life to Catch a Man," script by Dana Dutch, art by Chuck Miller; Perry agrees to help June get a date with her crush Ken; After her makeover, she suddenly becomes popular with boys; Ken asks June for a date and Perry advises June to join the school dramatics club to seal the deal, since Ken thinks hes a good actor. "Glamour Was My Weakness," art by Matt Baker; Ginger spends her savings on a vacation at swanky Hillview Manor, over her boyfriend Jims objections; She falls in love with David there; hes engaged to Fran but says its a family thing; David demonstrates "a diabolical recklessness" that frightens Ginger. "I Was Trapped by Kisses I Couldn't Resist," pencils by Chuck Miller; Martha vows to dedicate herself to studying at college, but when she meets Ralph, she says "Id love to kiss his fine, strong mouth!"; However, Ralph never asks her for a date because she has a reputation as a "snob" and a "grind"; On a winter break skiing excursion organized by professor Arnold, Martha flirts with him to make Ralph jealous. "My Dangerous Flaw"; Linda arrives at college and ruffles feathers with her superior attitude and disregard for rules; She and Johnny fall in love but he doesnt like it when she acts like "a spoiled brat"; Linda dates Bruce and theyre involved in an auto accident. "Was I His Second Choice?" text story by Dana Dutch. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 6

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Dana Dutch, Chuck Miller and Warren King. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Nancy wants to be an actress more than anything, and discovers there is a price to stardom, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. Arlene dates football star Tommy at his insistence, even though steady Steve warns her that he may not be on the up-and-up. Dot falls for a handsome sailor, but then thinks that he has another girlfriend in another port. Cover by Baker. Truth Was My Heart's Only Weapon; Men Offered Me Stardom -- If I Would Pay Their Price; I Was a Victim of Deceit; The Navy Was My Target; And Now I'm in Trouble Because I Couldn't Control My Desires!; I Was Too Free with Boys. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 7

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    Cover by Matt Baker and Ray Osrin. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Ray Osrin, Chuck Miller and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Joan gets in too deep, emotionally and otherwise, with gambling kingpin George, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, Doris dumps boring boyfriend Stu for tough-guy Lenny, only to learn that Lenny is a gentleman deep down, in a twist on the usual moral tales. Small-town gal Janie finds a job in the big city, but life gets more complicated when she falls in love with her boss. Cover by Baker. Everyone Called Me a She-Wolf; Fast Company; I Tempted the Wrong Boy; Office Romances Are Bad Business; The Seeds of Sin. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 8

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Chuck Miller and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Redheaded bad girl Marilyn finds herself torn between gangster Harry and detective Steve, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, Marian seeks ways to draw the attention of the guys. Alma falls for Jim, but she's terrified that other girls will steal him away from her, and that makes her jealous and petty. Cover by Baker. Why I Fled from Love; I Made a Sinful Bargain; Weekend Escapade; I Stole Boyfriends; I Couldn't Face the Shameful Truth. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 9
    • Paper: White
    • Label #3703745003
    • Paper: Off white to white
    • Cover re-attached with tape. Tape on interior.
    • Label #1497656007
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    Cover art by Matt Baker. "All's Fair in Love" text story by Dana Dutch. "Dishonest Love," art by Matt Baker; Art shop owner Rudolph asks his assistant Elizabeth to convince Andrew to paint copies of "old masters" paintings; Elizabeth dates Andrew and he agrees to produce the copies so he can afford to marry her; Elizabeth falls in love with Andrew and learns Rudolph is having someone else forge signatures so the copies can be sold as originals. "I Tried to Keep Up with Bad Company," script by Dana Dutch; Jane attends a party thrown by wealthy Ron, attended by "quite a few fellows and girls with bad reputations"; She keeps her relationship with Ron a secret from her longtime boyfriend Bud, who starts dating Lucy instead; Jane discovers Ron isnt really interested in her because shes not wild. "What Price Folly!"; Connie writes to her boyfriend Ted and tells him shes an actress but is actually a car-hop at a Hollywood drive-in; When Ted arrives for a visit, Connie and her friends pretend she is glamorous and successful; Ted asks her to marry him but she refuses and he leaves. "The Road to Ruin," art by Matt Baker; Betty is forbidden by her parents to keep seeing Harry, who has a bad reputation; Her friends also warn her about him, but she stubbornly refuses to believe hes bad. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 10

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Redheaded Arleen plays the field with college guys, but there's trouble when Rick and Eddie find out about each other, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, Jean dates Jim, even though he's already married. As far as Hollywood dancer Kay is concerned, romance is just another way to advance her career, until she actually falls in love. Cover by Baker. My Tragic Mistake; I Was the Other Woman; I Bought Favors with Kisses; Dishonest Maid of Honor; It Hurts to Be Jilted; I Wanted New Experiences. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 11

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Joe Kubert, Hy Rosen, Robert Bernstein and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Department-store clerk Margery dates three men who could help her career, but is in trouble when they find out about each other, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, Anne marries handsome farmer Ned after moving to a small town, but soon tires of the life of a farmer's wife. Janet is determined to be a star, but that leaves boyfriend Jed feeling left out, in a story featuring early art by future comics legend Joe Kubert. Cover by Baker. My Rival and Her Weakness; The Worst Mistake a Wife Can Make; I Learned by Trial and Error; Crazy for Love; Playgirl at Work. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 12

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Ella works in information at the airport, but her jealousy of the "plane hostesses" (flight attendants) causes her to launch an unseemly scheme, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, Susan prides herself on the lavish parties she throws, but that alienates her from her sister and eventually her husband Steve. Dancer Patti wants to go to Hollywood, but her partner Tom doesn't, so she sets out to change Tom's mind by any means necessary. Cover by Baker. Temptation for Two; Love Urchin; Turbulent Love; Odds Against Marriage; Party Wife. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 13

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    Cover art by Matt Baker. "Sapphires Plus Sound Effects" text story by Wilshire Vines. "Truant Wife," art by Matt Baker; Kathy marries Tim and expects to continue an active social life; When she becomes pregnant, Kathy feels "its going to tie us down so!"; After the baby is born, Kathy attends her high-school reunion alone because Tim has to watch their child. "Love Found Me Guilty!", art by Frank Sieminsky; Martha is angry because her parents and aunt choose the "nice" boys she can date; Martha and her friend Hazel decide to frame Marthas approved boyfriend Dick as a wolf; They do so, then Martha discovers Dick was going to propose to her. "They Said I Was a Bad Influence," pencils by Matt Baker; Sharon boasts to her friends about her romantic exploits, most of which arent true; Shes considered a "bad influence" and her friend Donna winds up "bruised and dazed" when she tries to emulate Sharon and pick up a stranger; Sharon loses her job and decides to change her life. "Unwanted Husband"; Judy loves "wild" Les but his irresponsible nature causes her to accept solid Bills marriage proposal instead. 2 years later, Les returns; Judy begins to see him again; Les says they could run away together if he had two thousand dollars. "Confessions of a Hat-Check Girl"; Dale works in a nightclub as the hat-check girl, hoping to get a break as an actress; When Chuck auditions for a spot as the singer-pianist, Dale agrees to date her boss Mark if he gives Chuck the job; Chuck and Dale fall in love. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 14

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker and others. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. A woman becomes a "clip-joint hostess," scamming unwary men into spending exorbitant amounts at a bar, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another cautionary tale, small-town beauty queen Carla enters a national contest judged on beauty and charm, and although she has beauty to spare, she's short on the charm. Mary gets her big break singing in a band alongside her trumpeter boyfriend Lenny, but Lenny warns her that the bandleader will make a play for her. Cover by Baker. The Wages of Innocence; Decoy Girl; Abandoned!; I Was a Small Town Beauty Queen; I Was a Gambler's Wife; Music Madness. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #15
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 15

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker and others. Beautiful covers and art by legendary good-girl artist Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Sandy swears revenge against her husband Bill for ruining her father's oil business, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. Nora's boyfriend Dick finally returns from military service, but he's behaving strangely and tries to break it off with her for unknown reasons. New doctor Helen faces prejudice over her gender from arrogant surgeon Warren, in a story whose art may be the work of pioneering female comics artist Lily Renee. Cover by Baker is more than a little suggestive. Canine Cupid; Twice Guilty; The Frightful Truth; Wife Without Principles; For Nurses Only. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #16
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 16
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    • 2" chew spot along spine, wrinkling to back cover and last page.
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    Cover art by Matt Baker. "Love Me... Love My Boss," art by Matt Baker; Lucille and her department store co-worker Barry will be married as soon as he gets a promotion; Store manager Clay is attracted to Lucille and Barry urges her to be "nice" to Morgan and put in a good word for him; Clay gives Barry a promotion in a store elsewhere and Barry agrees to let Lucille date Clay while hes gone. "Affair with a Farm Boy"; Paula runs "around with a pretty wild crowd" then contracts pneumonia; Her parents send her to live with her aunt in the country to recuperate; Paula is bored until she and farmer Carl fall in love; Paula says she doesnt want to live in the country and Carl refuses to leave his farm, so they break up. "Too Impatient for Love!", pencils by Matt Baker; Carol and Art are in love, but he wants to finish college before marrying her; Carols friend Helen says Art may find someone else while hes away and advises Carol to "trap" Art into marriage; While theyre in the countryside, Carol slashes the cars tires and she and Art have to spend the night together, waiting; Carol says they have to get engaged to prevent gossip. "Coal Town Girl," script by Dana Dutch, art by Matt Baker; Karen and her father live in Coalville and she hates it; She takes the bus to the nearby city and meets Jeff, concealing her origins from him; They plan to marry, and Karen decides to confess everything to Jeff and introduce him to her father. 36 pages, full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #17
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 17

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Joe Kubert, Jack Sparling, Hy Rosen, Ric Estrada and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. 100-page giant. Department-store clerk Margery dates three men who could help her career, but is in trouble when they find out about each other, in a cautionary tale with art by Baker. In another Baker story, redheaded showgirl May can't help coming on to every handsome man she meets, and that includes her sister's boyfriend, Gregory. Mike and Judy have a tempestuous romance as he struggles to make it as a race-car driver, in a story with early art by future comics legend Joe Kubert. Cover by Baker. Sharecropper's Daughter; Strange Relationship; Secret Bride; Quips and Queries; Gag-Bag; Love Demon; They Caught Me Cheating at Love; The Heart's Trophy; I Was Fooled by Love; I Played at Love; Clipped Wings; Tangled Destiny; Black-Balled; Fun Time; Have You Heard This One?; Husband Not Wanted. 100 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #18
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 18

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Cal Massey, Hy Rosen, and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. 100-page giant. Artist Clive falls for model Katy, who portrays Aphrodite for him, but she leaves him because she doesn't want to distract from his career, in a story with art by Baker. In another Baker story that reflects attitudes of its time, Mary finds success as a fashion designer in New York, but dreads anyone finding out she has an infant son back home. Joanne lets Shirley talk her into a little shoplifting when they need dresses for their double date, but her luck can't hold out forever. Cover by Baker. My Hidden Past; Love Outside the Law; A Will of My Own; I Loved a Goddess; Escape; The Way to Love; I Played with Fire; Love on the Ballot; Could Doubt Destroy Our Love?; No Escape from My Past; A Fortune in Love; Pause for Sorrow; Shameless in My Desire. 100 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #19
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 19

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Jim Mooney, Bernard Sachs, Ric Estrada and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. 100-page giant. Madge is torn between wealthy Neil, who wants to keep their romance secret from his family, and Rod, who wants to marry her, in a story with art by Baker. Wendy is teaching at college while her fiance is in the military overseas, but she's tempted by fellow teacher Stan. Flora meets Bert while working as a dime-a-dance girl and they fall for each other, but he gets the wrong idea when he finds out about her job. Plus a story with early art by future Marvel legend Jim Mooney. Cover by Baker. Elopement Hid Our Sins; Mistaken Thrills; To Love and Obey; I Was a Toy of Love; Misled by Loneliness; Weekend in New York; Fooled by My Heart; I Ruled Against Romance; Strange Rival; Comedy Column; Gag-Bag; Contest of Love; The Romance I Tried to Wreck. 100 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #20
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 20
    • Interior is complete. Extensive water damage, some staining and paper deterioration.
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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Arthur Peddy, Bernard Sachs, Ric Estrada and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. 100-page giant. Orphaned Jean goes to work in her aunt's roadhouse and quickly learns the ways of the world, in a story with art by Baker. In another story, troubled Jean, who "used my feminine charms to win forbidden kisses," starts over in Miami, but trouble follows her there. Wilderness guide Marilyn takes an instant dislike to client Arthur, but still feels strangely drawn to him. Cover by Baker. Roadhouse Sparrow; Love on the Sly; I Was Afraid of Untrue Love; I Married a Ne'er Do Well; The Love I Threw Away; Romance Broke Our Bargain; His Synthetic Sweetheart; Threat to Our Marriage; I Was a Pseudo-Model; Comedy Column; Gag-Bag; My Summer Romance; Her Evil Intentions. 100 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #21
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 21

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Jim Mooney, Bernard Sachs, Ric Estrada and Bob Bean. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Bored housewife Mary goes to New York to find some thrills and quickly gets in over her head, in a story with art by Baker. Redheaded diner waitress Gale falls for silver-tongued salesman Jim, even though she knows from the start that he's a ladies' man, or "wolf." Teacher Lois is torn between her boss, Oliver, who doesn't respect boundaries, and simple-minded but sweet Wally, in a story with early art by future Marvel legend Jim Mooney. Cover by Baker seems the antithesis of romance. A Lesson for Bored Wives; My Man Was a Wolf; Comedy Column; Gag-Bag; I Wanted Security; The 3 R's of Romance; Kiss Thief. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #22
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 22

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Arthur Peddy, Bill Ely and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Suburban housewife Diana doesn't know how to react when Johnny, her boyfriend from her wild younger years, shows up at her door, in a story with art by Baker. Faith is torn between her boss's son Tom and bad boy Teddy, in a story that begins with the line, "Teddy Carr's smile was kiss-bait." Claire falls for handsome, impulsive Jack, but he can't get out from under the thumb of his father, who considers him a "born loafer." Sordid cover by Baker. What My Husband Didn't Know; 2 Bids for My Heart; Bury the Past; My Runaway Heart; The Boy I Made into a Man. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #23
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 23

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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Mike Sekowsky, Mike Peppe, Ric Estrada and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Sue's interfering mother gets a New York apartment near Sue and her new husband, and starts throwing lavish parties designed to sabotage their marriage, in a story with art by Baker. Joan isn't sure how to go on after her soldier husband John goes missing in action. Carole loves scientist Ben, but interferes with his career in hopes that it will benefit their relationship, only to have the opposite effect. Cover by Baker. Menace to Marriage; Wherever He Goes; Love-Starved; I Was a War Widow. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #24
    Pictorial Romances (1950) 24
    • 1" spine split from bottom of comic. Cover and centerfold detached at one staple. Water spotting, residue.
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    Cover by Matt Baker. Stories and art by Matt Baker, Ric Estrada and Dana Dutch. Beautiful covers and art by Matt Baker elevate St. John's 1950s romance comic above the norm. Mary gets a little too involved with professional escort or "gigolo" Tom, in a story with art by Baker. Dancer Nancy falls for George, the head of her ballet troupe, but he expects her to give up her career when they marry. Redheaded Claudia pressures her lawyer husband Clint to get involved in city politics, and soon Clint is consorting with corrupt political bosses and crimelords. Sordid cover by Baker. I Hired a Gigolo; I Danced into His Heart; Old Man's Sweetheart; This Business of Love; A Wife's Worst Sin. Final issue of the series. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.