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Love Hurts: A Gallery Of Classic Romance Comic Heartbreaks

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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.

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Love Hurts: ‘He’ll Never Love Me Now! I Was Too Blind To See — The Formula Of Love!’

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Ah, romance! As Valentine's Day lingers on the horizon, it is once again time to turn our thoughts -- and our hearts -- to love. Or at least, the truly bizarre and occasionally downright mind-boggling version of love that appears in that most dubious of genres, the Romance Comic. Because really, you can't have enough s

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Love Hurts: ‘You’re Not A Real Woman — Like Mom! But I Am!’

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Ah, romance! As Valentine's Day lingers on the horizon, it is once again time to turn our thoughts -- and our hearts -- to love. Or at least, the truly bizarre and occasionally downright mind-boggling version of love that appears in that most dubious of genres, the Romance Comic. Because really, you can't have enough s

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Love Hurts: ‘Do I Want To See Vic When He Comes Out Of Prison — Or Forget I Ever Knew Him?’

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Ah, romance! As Valentine's Day lingers on the horizon, it is once again time to turn our thoughts -- and our hearts -- to love. Or at least, the truly bizarre and occasionally downright mind-boggling version of love that appears in that most dubious of genres, the Romance Comic. Because really, you can't have enough s

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‘Romance Double Feature’ Is the Antidote to Your Valentine’s Day Love Hangover

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Over the past two weeks, I've been taking a look at some of the more horrifying heartbreaks in classic romance comics, so believe me when I say that on Valentine's Day, my faith in love (or at least love in comics) was at an all-time low. Fortunately, there was an antidote. The latest issue of the Double Feature digital comic was an all-Romance issue, and after

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Love Hurts: ‘Nobody’s Going To Grab Me! I’m Too — Too Unfeminine!’

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As we head towards Valentine's Day, ComicsAlliance is offering up a daily tribute to love, as depicted in the somewhat dubious world of Romance Comics! Today's entry: Young Romance #197's "That Strange Girl!"

Hoo boy. This thing.

Billed on the cover as "The Stor

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Love Hurts: ‘I’m Not a Normal Girl! I’m a Model!’

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As we head towards Valentine's Day, ComicsAlliance is offering up a daily tribute to love, as depicted in the somewhat dubious world of Romance Comics! Today's entry: Our Love Story #25's "The Loves of a Model!"

From 1973 Stan Lee and Don Heck bring you yet another dubious classic with the story of Bev, a beautiful young model who, according to the first page of the story, likes to sit around looking at pictures of herself.

Even aside from the crippling narcissism, th

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Parting Shot: ‘I Don’t Know How to Swim, I’m Blind!’

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As we head towards Valentine's Day, ComicsAlliance is offering up a daily tribute to love, as depicted in the somewhat dubious world of Romance Comics! Today's entry: Our Love Story #28's "Alone in the Dark!"

Fortunately for all concerned, "Alone in the Dark" has nothing to do with the video game series of the same name or its 2005 Uwe Boll/Tara Reid adaptation. Instead, Holli Resnicoff and Alan Weiss tell the story of youn

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Love Hurts: The Gossamer Wedding Dress Prison

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As we head towards Valentine's Day, ComicsAlliance is offering up a daily tribute to love, as depicted in the somewhat dubious world of Romance Comics! Today's entry: Our Love Story #29's "When A Love Story Ends!"

Jean Thomas and Alan Weiss's depiction of Tracy's spiral into despair might seem a touch melodramatic, but keep in mind that her fiancee just broke up with her and told her that he never wanted to see her again over the phone the day before their wedding. You'd probably start cursing the diaphanous dungeon th

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Parting Shot: Romance Comics and The Girl Who Thought Too Much

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As we head towards Valentine's Day, ComicsAlliance is offering up a daily tribute to love, as depicted in the somewhat dubious world of Romance Comics! Today's entry: Young Romance #86's "For The Love of Ricky Wilson!"

This Stan Lee/Jack Kirby "classic" finds our heroine swooning and lovestruck, which was pretty much the default state for girls in romance comics. The only problem is that the object of her af

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