Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lecture at UCS

Finally, the Golden Age of Romance stands alone in the comics’ culture and also in the canon of 20th Century popular literature. The extraordinary success, through 1949 to 1954, is a phenomenon yet to be explained.

     However, a few truths are irrefutable. In the main it was the simplicity of the feminine dilemmas and the easy identification with the everyday which made these stories so accessible. There was nothing fanciful or beyond belief. No one punched through concrete or leapt over skyscrapers. They were about predicaments which could happen to any woman at any time. Those stories evincing excess testosterone, though often well crafted, were secondary to the heart of the matter.

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