Valentine’s Day isn’t the worst offender among corporate holidays. At least it doesn’t start two months early. Here’s your comic edit.
Updated every Monday until I care about my job.
Source Comic: Diary Secrets 11, 1952
Thoughts on the Original: There used to be a mountain of money in teen romance comics. You had book titles in the vein of College Romance, Exotic Romance, Young Romance, and Romantic Romances in Romanceland. These paid more than a few of Jack Kirby’s bills.
Despite the number of these titles, there were only three or so basic plots. The dominant strain was “if you kiss more than two people, your genitals will fall off.” The original comic’s firmly in that subgenre, with a dash of retro sexism for flavor. These morality plays start with a young neer-do-well reaching over their Jesus-appointed bounduaries, and end with life stomping them in the spine for it. They age…poorly.