Wartime Romances #1 - Matt Baker art, cover & reprint

Matt Baker
Wartime Romances v1 #1, 1951 - In "Make-Believe Marriage", an ambitious girl commits identity fraud to secure a well-paying job. "Lovelife of an Army Nurse" chronicles a young nurse during the Korean War. Plotting to find an officer husband. she instead gets sent to the front lines during an emergency. Splendid figure drawing permeates much of Matt Baker's artwork. Both tales are lovingly drawn, but the latter tale has more interesting panel and page layouts. Both stories (reprinted later in Diary Secrets #25) show the artist's further development from an earlier work, "I Tried to Burn the Candle at Both Ends" (first published in Teen-Age Diary Secrets / Blue Ribbon Comics v2 #4). Baker's terrific cover caps this issue, the first of a series that combines the war and romance genres. This is number 1 of 18 Wartime Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers. 
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"Lovelife of an Army Nurse" Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 9 pages = ***
"Make-Believe Marriage" Baker story pencils (Ray Osrin inks) 9 pages = ***

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