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DC Comics reignites Young Romance with Valentine’s Day special

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, DC Comics is bringing back Young Romance, the anthology that 65 years ago launched an entire genre, with a one-shot featuring such characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batman, Apollo and Midnighter.

Called Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1, the 64-page anthology boasts a creative lineup that includes Andy Diggle, Ann Nocenti, Peter Milligan, Phil Jimenez, Gene Ha, Cecil Castellucci, Sanford Green, Lauren Buekes and Emanuella Luppichinno. Kenneth Rocafort’s cover can be seen in full below.

Created in 1947 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Crestwood Publications, Young Romance was a break from both the superhero comics and dominated the war years and from the predominantly adolescent-male readership (indeed, its tagline read, “”Designed For the More ADULT Readers of Comics”). The series quickly spawned such spinoffs as Young Love and In Love, and such imitators as Timely/Marvel’s My Romance and Fawcett’s Sweethearts. Crestwood abandoned comics in 1963 and sold its romance titles to DC, which continued publishing Young Romance until 1975.

This marks at least the third classic DC anthology in recent months to be resurrected as a one-shot: Mystery in Space was released in May, followed last month by Ghosts. The publisher has also reused old names like G.I. Combat and All-Star Western in its New 52 relaunch.

Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 arrives Feb. 6.

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Oh kennet i love yuor art, simply the best

Is Beukes’ contribution going to be a once off, or is she moving onto writing full-time for the main DC universe?

There’s been a Vertigo Unexpected and Strange Adventures too, Kevin. This could be fun. I’m sure I remember Eighties DC suggesting they were going to bring back a Romance comic starring superhero supporting characters. I’m still waiting, but hey, Joe Kubert’s Redeemer is finally to see print …

Sigh. No Christmas special this year though.

That Rocafort art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow.

I’m sorry, but that image is HORRIBLE. I *love* the speed lines at the top of the image…yeah, this will draw in the ladies for sure!

Missed opportunity in not using this as a chance to bring back Young Heroes in Love. Highly underrated series.

I still havent read the Young Love Showcase yet, I wanted to read it bc it inspired my art teacher when she was growing up. I would have thought DC would have ignored the superhero special and instead would have done a one shot w/National Comics Presents: Young Love. A non superhero Young Love if updated right could be the next hit soap on CW lol.

Its bound to have Supes and WW, batman and catwoman, Hal and carol. I’ll give it ago, would of liked a christmas special though too :)

I love the way the sm/ww romance is playing out and hope to see some Bruce and Selina goodnesss too. Rocafort.’s cover is amazing .

The art is awesome. love that supes and wondy are together, as it leaves the possibility of children who are more powerful than their parents, with one possibly becoming evil.

the premise for this however…? is this warranted? -females already buy comics and dress up at cons. this seems like a waste of paper, in a bad economy, when these stories could just as easily be told in the main books.

Having just picked up the Showcase compilation of old Young Romance stories, I am eagerly looking forward to all of the evil sisters, tears and misunderstandings. It will be fabulous!

Ugh, horrible art

Good? Bad? if it’s DC Comics, the fans (of lowest common denominator) run to it without regard to quality

@kory S Wasting time to run down fans of DC means what? Good? Bad/

@moonchild Spare me your apologist logic

DC, ffs, her name is Emanuela Lupacchino. Spelling both her first and last names wrong in the solicit is pretty damn shabby. (And I checked, it’s not CBR, it’s the solicit everywhere it’s been posted inc. DC’s site. Painful.)

Vienna De La Concheta

November 14, 2012 at 3:56 am

Marvelous

@Defiance-Defiant”The art is awesome. love that supes and wondy are together, as it leaves the possibility of children who are more powerful than their parents, with one possibly becoming evil.”

Seriously? That just sounds like the the sequel Star Wars books. Though I do agree, if Supes were to have kids, he’d need a pretty strong mama.

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