Saturday, February 18, 2017

Teen-age Romances #25 - Matt Baker art, cover & reprint

 Matt Baker
Teen-age Romances v1 #25, 1952 - Although titled "I Was a Child Bride", the story reveals the main character's age as 20 years old. The title seems especially odd since women married earlier during this era. On page three, when a doctor notifies her of her pregnancy, she responds "aren't I too young to have a baby?". I suspect censors may have increased the character's age just before publication. Regardless, Matt Baker draws a competent cover and even better lead feature. The figure drawing is lithe and graceful throughout. His best work occurs on the opening panel's wedding scene and the wife's teen-age cavorting on page 4. This story was later reprinted in Teen-age Romances #44. Another Baker tale, "Caught in a Triangle at a Resort Hotel", was first printed in Teen-Age Diary Secrets #7 (originally titled “Too Busy For Kisses”). This is number 25 of 45 Teen-age Romances issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"I Was a Child Bride" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

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