Return to Romance

2019 DEBUT Return to Romance
Book Author(s) Ogden Whitney
Publisher NYR Comics
Book List Price $19.95
All-Ages Appropriate No
Web site https://www.nyrb.com/collections/new-york-review-comics


DESCRIPTION:

Ogden Whitney was one of the unsung masters of American comics. He is perhaps best remembered for co-creating the satirical superhero Herbie Popnecker, also known as the Fat Fury, but his romance comics of the late 1950s and 1960s may be even more unique. In Whitney’s hands, the standard formula of meet-cute, minor complications, and final blissful kiss becomes something very different: an unsettling vision of midcentury American romance as a devastating power struggle, a form of intimate psychological warfare dressed up in pearls and flannel suits. From suburban lawns and offices to rocket labs and factories, his men and women scheme and clash, dominate and escape. It is darkly hilarious, truly terrifying—and yes, occasionally even a bit romantic.

ISBN: 9781681373447 / 120 pages / Available in paperback on October 1, 2019