From My Love #23 (May 1973), here’s a tale of romance as narrated to Stan Lee and illustrated by Jim Steranko:
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
(But what a stupid ending to that story… )
The Simon Drax Blog: “My Heart Broke in Hollywood,” from Our Love Story (June 1970) — the first printing.
ana_lee: “My Heart Broke in Hollywood,” as reprinted in Marvel Visionaries: Jim Steranko (2002)
Cloud 9: The Passing of a God — here’s a notice of the death of Frazetta that includes the complete story, “Empty Heart,” from Personal Love #28 (1954) with glorious black-and-white art by the master.
Click here to visit an online gallery of all of the original Alex Toth art for the 7-page story “I Fooled My Heart,” Popular Romance #24 (July 1953).
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“My Heart Broke in Hollywood” first appeared in Marvel Comics’ OUR LOVE STORY #5 in 1970. Its plot (and setting) is very much like that of Frazetta’s “Empty Heart” from PERSONAL LOVE #28 in 1954:
Any resemblance between the two stories is superficial, at best. The Frazetta-illustrated version revolves around a simple situation-/romantic-comedy style misunderstanding caused by a lack of communication — notice how the roadblock to romance immediately dissolves when the woman finally demands that the man she is in love with tell her exactly what his problem is, which turns out to be no problem at all — whereas Lee’s version is a sexist fantasy in which a young woman who claims that she “longed for an acting career in Hollywood — all of my life,” and is in early stages of working to make it happen, abandons her personal ambitions in a heartbeat for a completely different kind of “career in Hollywood,” namely, a “lifetime contract” as “the star” that the dashing, charismatic director with whom she has fallen in love has selected “to take the role of — my wife!”
From today’s edition of The Vancouver Sun, a sign of the times…
“Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.” — Eugene Field