From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal in Young Romance 2 will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to Fantagraphics’ critical hit, Young Romance. This volume includes stories about women from all walks of life — such as the French widow in “War Bride” or the recently released prisoner in “Unwanted.” Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Mothers, lock up your daughters (and yourselves) before you both get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago.
X-Men #140, page 1 by John Byrne & Terry Austin. 1980.
John was shown this page and he shared a story about it being, “the last straw” before he quit the X-Men:
Every issue there would be what I called my “ARGH!!” moment, when I came across something Chris had written that went against what I had drawn, or what we had plotted. The cumulative effect was numbing to say the least. Here I went “ARGH!” on the very first page. Can you tell why?
Specifically, it was the way I had drawn Colossus easily ripping that stump out of the ground, replete with flying clumps of earth and speed lines versus the way Chris scripted it. I saw that page, printed, and just threw up my hands. “Can’t do this any more!”
I called Weezi (then the editor of Uncanny ) the same day, to resign.