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by John Benson

Category: Graphic Novels
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: John Benson
ISBN: 1560977914
ISBN13: 978-1560977919
Language: English
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (April 24, 2007)
Pages: 96
Fb2 eBook: 1368 kb
ePub eBook: 1795 kb
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This new book explores Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations is the companion volume to John Benson's .

This new book explores Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations is the companion volume to John Benson's popular anthology of romance comics, Romance Without Tears. Published in the 1950s by Archer St. John, the stories in that volume were decidedly different from the typical romance comics, just as St. John was decidedly different from the typical comics publisher.

John Benson is one of the founders of what is known today as comic book fandom, having published one of the very first fanzines about comics in the 1950s, when he was a teenager. He lives in New York with his wife.

Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations is the companion volume to John Benson's popular anthology of romance comics, Romance Without Tears.

This is the companion volume to John Benson's popular anthology of romance comics, Romance Without Tears. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of the comics, and includes rare photos and other visuals from the period.

Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations is the companion volume to John Benson’s popular anthology of romance comics, Romance Without Tears.

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Confessions of a Romance Novelist is the debut album from The Anchoress aka Catherine Anne Davies. Released on 15 January 2016, the album received a favourable critique from The Guardian. The album was named amongst the Guardian critics’ Albums of the Year, won HMV’s Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for Welsh Music Prize.

Comics historian John Benson collected and analyzed St. John Publications' romance comics in Romance Without Tears . John Publications' romance comics in Romance Without Tears (Fantagraphics, 2003), focusing on the elusive comics scripter Dana Dutch, and the companion volume Confessions, Romances, Secrets and Temptations: Archer St. John and the St. John Romance Comics (Fantagraphics, 2007).

The history of romance comics publisher Archer St. John, with a short biography, interviews with the editors and artists, critical commentary and more.
Comments to eBook Confessions, Romances, Secrets, Temp
blac wolf
Romance comics are a neglected subfield of comic collecting. When modern comic collecting began in the 1960s, the focus was largely on super hero comics -- particularly Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the other Marvel comics. There were also a significant number of Disney collectors -- with interest centered on the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics written and drawn by Carl Barks. Smaller numbers of collectors were interested in Westerns or 1950s horror and science fiction comics. Almost nobody, though, collected romance comics.

The neglect of romance books in those days is unfortunate because if collectors had been interested, they could have preserved more copies of these books and they might have been able to interview some of the publishers, writers, and artists who have since passed away.

John Benson has helped remedy the lack of information on one particularly important publisher: Archer St. John. St. John had the great good fortune to employ Dana Dutch, who was probably the best writer of romance stores, and Matt Baker, who was certainly the finest romance artist -- and, for my money, the finest comic book artist who ever lived. Unfortunately, by the time Benson began working on this book in the 1980s, St. John and Baker had passed away and Dutch couldn't be located, if he was still alive at the time. Still, Benson was able to locate other people who worked for St. John and was able to gather important information about the company.

This book is a quick read, at only 112 pages. It has many nicely reproduced black and white illustrations. The book's only drawback, to my mind, is that the structure seems backwards. After a brief two-page introduction, Benson reproduces interviews he conducted with 10 people connected with St. John. He finishes the book with three brief commentaries on aspects of St. John's romance books, a brief history of St. John's romance comics. and a checklist of all St. John's comics. I think he should have reversed the order, putting the overview material first and the interviews at the end. As it was, there were references made in the interviews that were unclear until after I had read the material at the end of the book. This is quibbling, though, because Benson has done fans a real service by bringing this material together and getting it into print.

Anyone interested in this book, may also want to consider Michele Nolan, Romance without Tears and Jim Amish, et al., Matt Baker: The Art of Glamour.
Stylish Monkey
book version, mostly interviews, not much in actual stories. great service, not a good book. sorry.
LoboThommy
A detailed supplement to Benson ' s large collection of St. John's romance comics, which suffers only from the cheap, pamphlet - styling of the book.
Unfortunately, Amazon cannot vet its sellers better, since this book was sold as being in better condition than it turned out to be, a beat up library copy that unfortunately was only worth the heavily discounted price and not a penny more.
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