Actually, anyone of those is possible. I was thinking of it more as the bride setting up a fake marriage as a joke on the wanna-be-groom. But I deliberately left the meaning a bit fuzzy so that readers could come up with their own interpretations. paullup, you came up with some interesting ones I hadn’t thought of!
Ouch! That’s an extreme sacrifice to make for a joke! :-)
Thorby, check out my answer to coltish1 in this message thread.
It’s definitely true that artist John Tartaglione used the same faces—-most notably the young “Vic Mature” character and to a lesser extend some women—-over and over again in his Charlton romance work. I suspect it’s because he got certain faces down pat and so it was easier just to keep re-using them. (That’s often why artists re-use the same faces in unrelated stories.)
It’s worth noting that Charlton Comics paid the lowest page rates in the industry. So drawing quickly was essential to making a living at Charlton. And re-drawing the same characters would speed that us.
It is likely that he based the Vic Mature characters on the actor. But I can’t rule out the possibility that Tartaglione had a friend or family member who served as the initial model.
I know some creators who worked in romance comics and/or worked for Charlton. I hope to interview some of them this year. And asking about Tartaglione and his recycling of faces is definitely one of the topics I’ll ask about.
A happy ending and not a Last Kiss. I love it. Congrats on how it turned out, Jack.
There are at least two possible meanings to the comic. One is that—unknown to the supposed groom—this wasn’t a real wedding. So the bride was pulling a rather brutal joke on the groom.
Two is that both the bride and groom arranged the fake wedding as a joke on the people attending the wedding.
I’ve gathered from reading the comments here that some readers had other interpretations as well.
Sometimes I like to do gags that have more than one possible meaning. Jim, I’m sorry this one was confusing.
That’s horrible. I’m so sorry, Jack.
Here’s the link to the original vintage art and text.
Copy and paste or highlight the link and right click to go to the page. Thanks!
That’s so kind of you!!!
For the record, I agree.