12/31/15

True Love Pictorial #3 - Matt Baker art & cover, mis-attributed Joe Kubert art

Matt Baker golden age 1950s romance comic book cover - True Love Pictorial #3
Matt Baker 
True Love Pictorial v1 #3, 1953 - The first of three 100 page giants, this special issue features three tales by Matt Baker. “Trouble's Daughter” tells of a girl who tries to raise her social standing, just as he father gets out of prison. Baker’s pencils are evident but the inks appear to be by another artist (this story was later reprinted in Going Steady #10. In “The Sisters”, a younger sibling takes advantage of the older one on several occasions. The opening scene is static and straightforward, but the artwork improves with each subsequent page. “Romance by Blackmail” edges out the rest as the artist’s best work, featuring an ambitious social climber who finds an opportunity for blackmail. The darkened, heavy deluge on the opening page suggests the bad behavior to come. In addition to his three excellent stories, Baker also contributes the stunning, verdant cover. Also, despite what comic book guides say, there is no Joe Kubert art in this issue. Other artists in this issue include Hy Rosen. NOTE: copies may exist where this cover was combined with previously published St. John romance comics instead of the contents below. This is number 2 of 10 True Love Pictorial issues with Baker art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Baker>Kubert or >True Love Pictorial issues on ebay.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ****
"The Sisters" Baker story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****
"Romance by Blackmail" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = *****
"Trouble's Daughter" Baker story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

Matt Baker golden age 1950s st john romance comic book page art - True Love Pictorial #3
Matt Baker 
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