Daring Love #1 - Steve Ditko art (1st pro work)

Daring Love v1 #1, 1953 - Published by Gilmore Magazines, this one-shot romance issue was retitled Radiant Love and lasted a mere six issues. The cover seems boldly implicit in its sexuality, similar to pulp paperbacks targeted toward male audiences of the era. Yet the interior stories are typically standard (and mild) romantic fare for teenage girls. The farmer's daughter theme is repeated in the Steve Ditko tale, but his version is more tastefully done by comparison. An abundance of text crowds most of his panels, but even then his artwork is clearly unpolished and far from memorable. The first and last panels reveal the couple through an open trapdoor from above, giving the scenes a slightly voyeuristic intimacy. This story is commonly credited as Steve Ditko's first published work, although Fantastic Fears #5 is his first professionally drawn story. This is number 1 of 1 Daring Love issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Paper Romance" Ditko story pencils and inks 6 pages = **

Daring Love v1 #1 - Steve Ditko golden age romance comic book page art
Steve Ditko
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