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Valentine Picture Story Library: '... I Tried to Pull Free, But He Crushed His Lips to Mine...' (Picture Story Library) [Paperback]

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4 Feb 2008 Picture Story Library
Hum the song while you strum your heartstrings with this irresistible collection of love stories; inspired by the songs of some of the greatest musicians of the 50s and 60s. Heart-stopping romance, raw passion, desperate tragedy and swooningly dishy chaps, all packed into a handy handbag-sized volume.Faithfully reproduced from the original Fleetway weekly story libraries, this throbbing compendium will have pulses racing and toes tapping. So, whether it's brings back distant memories of the village hop with the local heart throb or gives you giggle at the innocence of times past, restore your faith in good old-fashioned romance and remember, the girl always gets the dreamboat in the end.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756450
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,002,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Isn't Everything.... 11 Feb 2011
By Jocko
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Firstly there's some absolutely excellent drawing here - which is why I bought this book. Clearly reflecting contemporary film and TV aesthetics - in a way which American comics did not, as they had their own well-established conventions - it should provide real inspiration to any aspiring comic strip artist eager for an early 60s look. Curiously, a couple of less well-drawn strips very obviously aspire to American forms.

Secondly, one story is clearly based on the British cult movie "Beat Girl", albeit with a dash of "Carry On Teacher". It is, in particular, richly enjoyable :)

Thirdly, here's an interesting fact. British girls' comics had a following in the States, as the stories were regarded as much more realistic and far less focused on the desperate pursuit of lurve by spineless heroines. These are, unashamedly, romance comics, but the tone is indeed rather different, and - within the obvious limits of the genre - nothing like as fatuous. Fans of British film and "The Saint" will recognise the atmosphere :) I warmly recommend this book to all students of comics and mid-century modern style!
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