Friday, January 15, 2016

True Love Pictorial #5 - Matt Baker art & cover

Matt Baker 
True Love Pictorial v1 #5, 1953 - Tired of living in a poor neighborhood, Dorothy joins a circuit of women who serve as escorts for lonely, older businessmen. This surprisingly candid tale about a girl’s foray into prostitution is a rarity in romance comics. The potential rape scene on page 5 is particularly disturbing. Still, Matt Baker illustrates the story with class and sensitivity. Panels are generously detailed, from the working class tenement scenes to the swanky hotel rooms. The cover is beautifully composed, incorporating the girl’s figure into a strong triangular shape. Baker even includes the fire escape, perhaps hinting at her upcoming departure. This is number 4 of 10 True Love Pictorial issues with Baker art and/or covers.
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Baker cover pencils and inks = ***
"Party Girl" Baker story pencils and inks 5 pages = ****

Matt Baker 
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