(July 1954)

Toby, 1954 Series
 
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Toby Press, Inc.
Brand:
Toby Press
Editing:
Harold Betancourt (art director); Benton J. Resnick (general manager)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
one-shot

Issue Notes

Jerry Bails' Who's Who gives the following credits for this series (which only lasted one issue): Bernard Baily, Ben Brown, David Gantz, and John Rosenberger.

According to Michelle Nolan in "Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics" (McFarland, 2008, p. 130), Toby planned a second issue of "Sorority Secrets" but used the material in issue 20 of "Great Lover Romances" instead. Nolan thinks the sorority concept limited story possibilities as well as audience numbers because few women attended college in 1954. She describes "Sorority Secrets" as bizarre.

Issue available as a scan at goldenagecomics.co.uk.


["So this is what goes on during 'study' hour!"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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Genre:
romance
Synopsis:
A petting couple is observed by a young woman.

Indexer Notes

Cover artwork is also on splash page of first story, though slightly re-lettered.

[Physique Development Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
? (ad copy)
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Typeset

Synopsis:
Full-page, inside front cover physique development offer from Last Chance-All.

[Baby Turtle Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Full-page live baby turtle offer from Honor House Products Corp..

The Secret! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
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?
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Genre:
romance
Characters:
Marcia Bascomb; Scotty; Jeff (Scotty's fiance); Chubby (Marcia's roommate)
Synopsis:
Rich and spoiled college girl Marcia Bascomb has been grounded by her young, substitute sorority housemother Scotty until her schoolwork improves. When Marcia discovers Scotty and her fiance petting in the housemother's room, she vengefully threatens to expose Scotty's apparent moral lapse to the college authorities. With Scotty at her mercy, Marcia defiantly breaks curfew and, with a laugh, dares Scotty to report her. Marcia's sorority sisters sympathize with Scotty and orchestrate a blackmail stunt of their own to teach Marcia a lesson. Marcia sees the error of her ways and apologizes to Scotty.

To Win Your Love (Table of Contents)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Forgione
Inks:
Jack Abel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Suzanne Lawrence; Warren Miller
Synopsis:
Suzanne and Warren are outstanding Westover College swimmers. Their romance is frustrated by Suzanne's competence, spirit, and pride however, and Warren's notions about traditional gender roles. One day, Suzanne is allowed to enter the traditionally all-male one mile Australian crawl at the Springville swim meet but realizes winning the event will cost her Warren's love. She slacks off in the final moments, allowing Warren to cross the finish line, and decides she prefers Warren's tender lips to winning swim meets. Warren, of course, is thrilled.

Indexer Notes

Art ID based on comparisons of signed work done for Charlton.

The Wrong One (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Gantz (signed)
Inks:
David Gantz (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Lois Mason; Mrs. Mason; Mrs. Bartlett (housemother); Hank Anderson (medical student)
Synopsis:
Lois Mason attends her mother's alma mater and reluctantly joins her mother's beloved sorority. Much has changed since Mrs. Mason's participation and, unknown to her, the sorority has become a snobbish, controlling clique. When Lois dates Hank (one of the sorority's 'wrong ones'), the housemother threatens to write to Mrs. Mason. To spare her mother worry and concern, Lois agrees to drop Hank and to comply with the house's snobbish style. She continues to secretly see Hank however and finally decides to drop her affiliation with the sorority. Her mother has discovered the sorority's snooty attitudes and supports her daughter's decision.

Indexer Notes

The story is interrupted after the third page but the narratice is resumed following two pages of ads.

Jerry Bails' Who's Who gives Gantz as working on layouts and inks on the issue, but his is the only name signed to this story.

[High School Education Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Full-page offer for an at-home high school education from American School.

Indexer Notes

Ad interrupts and follows third page of "The Wrong One".

[Merchandise Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Half-page ad positioned on the upper portion of the page offering the sale of rings, watches, and other merchandise from Ideal Co..

Indexer Notes

Ad interrupts and precedes fourth page of "The Wrong Type".

[Classifieds] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
? (ad copy)
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Synopsis:
Half-page classified ads positioned on the lower portion of the page.

The Faint Heart (Table of Contents)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ben Brown (signed) [as Brown]
Inks:
David Gantz (signed) [as Gantz]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Bess; Greta; Paul
Synopsis:
Bess accepts a bet from Greta to wrangle a kiss from bashful, handsome Paul. To that end, Bess maneuvers her way into his company and the two begin casually seeing one another. They fall in love. At a school dance, Paul kisses her and Greta sails-in to congratulate Bess on winning the bet. Bess is mortified but Paul reassures her of his love.

Kid Sister (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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Genre:
romance
Characters:
Marsha Cooper; Eve Cooper; Ralph Munson; Donald
Synopsis:
Marsha Cooper meets and dates Ralph Munson, a stranger in town looking for a job. Marsha's glamorous sister Eve captures Ralph's interest and the two begin dating. Eve then neglects her steady boyfriend Donald and treats him with shabby indifference. Eventually, Donald transfers his romantic interest to Marsha (who is receptive), and Eve is left fuming - and without Donald's affection - when she discovers Ralph is a wanted thief.

[Vibra Planet Space Phones Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Full-page Space Phones offer from Consumers Mart.

[Music Lessons Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Full-page inside back cover offer for music lessons from U.S. School of Music.

[Stamp Collection Offer] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Synopsis:
Full-page back cover American history stamp collection offer from Littleton Stamp Co..
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["So this is what goes on during 'study' hour!"]
  2. 1. [Physique Development Offer]
  3. 2. [Baby Turtle Offer]
  4. 3. The Secret!
  5. 4. To Win Your Love
  6. 5. The Wrong One
  7. 6. [High School Education Offer]
  8. 7. [Merchandise Offer]
  9. 8. [Classifieds]
  10. 9. The Faint Heart
  11. 10. Kid Sister
  12. 11. [Vibra Planet Space Phones Offer]
  13. 12. [Music Lessons Offer]
  14. 13. [Stamp Collection Offer]
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