(June 1954)

St. John, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
bimonthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
St. John Publishing Company
Brand:
St. John
Editing:
Archer St. John; Marion McDermott
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

["Fool's Paradise"] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Matt Baker
Inks:
Matt Baker?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Sonya; David Fenton; Swede Murvy

Indexer Notes

The cover art is based on the interior story "Fool's Paradise."

Fool's Paradise (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Matt Baker
Inks:
Matt Baker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Swede Murvy; Sonya; Louis Ravoletti; Mrs. Ravoletti; David Fenton
Synopsis:
Sonya’s parents, before they die, arrange to have Swede smuggle their daughter into the USA. Swede intends to use Sonya as bait for a blackmail scheme. He takes compromising photos of Sonya and David. Because she’s fallen in love with David, Sonya steals the photos and turns herself in. David takes Sonya to Canada and marries her. Someday she’ll be able to return to the USA legally as his wife.
Keywords:
blackmail; illegal immigrant; refugee; World War II

Tell-Tale Love (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Matt Baker ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Ann Johnson; Mr. Johnson; Mrs. Johnson; Clark Adams; Tom Hancock; Phyllis Walters
Synopsis:
Ann loves Clark although he’s 15 years older than she. When Clark announces his engagement to Phyllis, Ann schemes to break it up by spreading rumours. Clark finds out and Ann apologises. She knows she has “a lot of growing up to do before I was worthy of a love like” Phyllis and Clark’s.

Masquerade Marriage (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Dana Dutch
Pencils:
Matt Baker
Inks:
Matt Baker ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Pat Cooper; Jetta Lenter; Bob; Harry; Mr. Cooper; Mr. Lenter; Mrs. Cooper
Synopsis:
16-year-old Pat and Jetta hang out near waterfront taverns and pick up two factory worker boyfriends, Bob and Harry. Pat won’t go all the way with Bob unless he marries her, so he suggests they elope. Both couples get married and spend the night in a motel. Pat: “It wasn’t anything like wedding nights I’ve read about...Bob...was rough...almost brutal!” The girls discover the marriages were fake. They’re picked up by the police. Bob and Harry get 10 months in jail. Pat and Jetta have to live with their reputations: “None of the nice fellows ever ask us for a date now.”
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dana Dutch credited by John Benson in Romance Without Tears (Fantagraphics Books, 2003 series) #[nn]

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Correspondence Club / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

"For Our Readers and Servicemen"

The Price of Sinful Dates (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Dana Dutch
Pencils:
Matt Baker ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
John Duffy

Genre:
romance
Characters:
Doris; Gloria; Mike; Ricky Vinton; Mabel; Catfish
Synopsis:
Doris takes up with bandleader Ricky, leaving her decent boyfriend Mike behind. When Ricky has to flee due to criminal charges against him, he takes Doris with him across state lines. Doris escapes but is arrested. Her sister Gloria and Mike testify that Doris was an innocent dupe, and the charges are dropped. Mike isn’t happy, but he eventually takes Doris back.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dana Dutch credited by John Benson in Confessions, Romances, Secrets, and Temptations (Fantagraphics, 2007 series) #[nn]

On the second page of this story, there is an oblique reference to Ricky and a friend smoking marijuana. His friend says "Give me a couple of drags on that," but Ricky warns him they have "an audience" (Doris).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Fool's Paradise"]
  2. 1. Fool's Paradise
  3. 2. Tell-Tale Love
  4. 3. Masquerade Marriage
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Correspondence Club
  6. 5. The Price of Sinful Dates
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Patrick Lemaire
  • David Wilt
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  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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