Valentine's Day is once again looming in the near future, which means that here at ComicsAlliance, our thoughts have turned to romance. And, since our ideas of romance have been formed pretty much entirely by comics, that means that we're also pretty fixated on the sobbing, sniffling, and weeping of utter heartbreak.

If there's one thing I've learned from my love of classic romance comics -- and to be honest, I'm not sure that there is one thing I've learned from these, other than that old men in the 1950s and '60s had some pretty weird ideas about what girls were into -- it's that true love cannot exist without an equal measure of sorrow. That's why today, we've gone back through a stack of back issues to bring you 20 of the most heartbreaking moments in romance comic history.

Secret Hearts #105, DC Comics

 

Girls Confessions #13, Atlas Comics

 

Girls Confessions #13, Atlas Comics

 

Our love Story #21, Marvel Comics

 

Our Love Story #26, Marvel Comics

 

Our Love Story #30, Marvel Comics

 

Girls Confessions #34, Atlas Comics

 

Girls Confessions #20, Atlas Comics

 

Girls Confessions #25, Atlas Comics

 

Girls Confessions #32, Atlas Comics

 

Girls Confessions #34, Atlas Comics

 

Our Love Story #31, Marvel Comics

 

 

Secret Hearts #105, DC Comics

 

Secret Hearts #118, DC Comics

 

Teen-Age Romance #84, DC Comics

 

Teen-Age Romance #84, DC Comics

 

Teen-Age Romance #86, DC Comics

 

Girls Confessions #34, Atlas Comics

 

Hoo boy. That last one hits pretty close to home. Here's hoping your romance goes a little better than the ones in these comics.