Monday, February 06, 2017
Number 2007: Lovely Lily drew lovely Rio
I read that during her time drawing comic books, Lily Renée was subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace. Is calling someone “lovely” a no-no? I hope not. Ms Renée was certainly a talented — and lovely — artist at age 20 when she drew this Señorita Rio story for Fight Comics #36 (1945). Poor behavior by the guys she worked with was as inexcusable then as it is in the workplace today.
She said once she dressed Rio as she wanted to dress herself. So she used the opportunity to have Rio looking stylish and beautiful in an assortment of knockout dresses. The large splash panel looks more like what we find in old Katy Keene stories. The look of the Rio stories is helped by Ms Renée’s personal style sense.
Oh, and there is a story in here, about Rio disrupting a coup d'etat, all while dressed in form-fitting party dresses and spike heels. Olé!