Friday, May 15, 2015
Number 1735: Sister without scruples
In “Sister Without Scruples” Fran loses her boyfriends to her hot sister, Rita. Fran looks like a whipped puppy every time the inevitable happens and Rita makes off with another of Fran’s potential swains. Instead of launching an all-out assault on her sister (“I'll snatch you bald-headed, you swain-stealer, you!”) she resorts to psychology to get back her man. But of course that is only half of the story. In real life what would happen when Fran won the guy is Rita would smoulder with resentment, then figure a counter move. She wouldn’t have to move far, because Fran’s beau has already shown he is attracted to Rita. Come the right time and pow! the guy is back in Rita’s arms. No one can change a person like Rita. No one can change horny guys. The solution (short of murder, which would turn this into a crime comic), is to get far away from her. Fran needs to pack herself and her boyfriend off to California and not leave a forwarding address.
The artwork is by Al Hartley, whose career track in comics took him to various publishers, including Archie. After he found religion he went to Spire Christian Comics. He did a whole series for that publisher.
The story here is from All Romances #1 (1949), published by Ace.
Al Hartley had a way with drawing girls. Click on the thumbnail for more Hartley, and links to a couple more stories: