Sunday, June 25, 2017

Teen-age Diary Secrets #4 - Matt Baker art


Teen-age Diary Secrets v1 #4, 1949 - Starving for attention, young Marian dates as many boys as she can, breaking up couples along the way. The artwork is stronger toward the beginning, perhaps due to the more posh settings. In separate tale, teenage Ginny moves to a new town and starts afresh, drastically changing her looks and personality. The absence of a large opening page seems to diminish the story's importance, but the remaining pages meets expectations. Both efforts are examples of Matt Baker's early work in the romance genre. His supple linework puts him well ahead of his peers, but it's clear the artist was still developing his craft. "I Was Tired of Being Good" was later reprinted (retitled "I Carried Things Too Far") in Teen-Age Romances #18 while "Breaking Hearts Was My Hobby" (retitled "I Stole Boyfriends") appeared later in both Pictorial Romances #8 and Teen-Age Romances #39. This is number 1 of 6 Teen-Age Diary Secrets issues with Baker art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Baker or Teen-Age Diary Secrets issues. See also this blog's Baker checklist.
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"I Was Tired of Being Good" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
"Breaking Hearts Was My Hobby" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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Matt Baker

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More Baker posts:
Frontier Western #9
Journey into Myst. #43
King Richards #588

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