DC; January 1977
Cover uncredited (probably Dick Giordano)
Title: “Love is the Answer!”
Synopsis: A Vietnam veteran returns home with a secret – drug addiction! Will his woman stand by her man?
Writer: George Kashdan
Penciler: Win Mortimer
Inker: Henry Scarpelli
Review: As a kid, this reviewer avoided romance comics like the plague. While still not a favorite, books like Young Love #123 are thoroughly enjoyable as relics of their time. George Kashdan’s script is loaded with ’70s stereotypes. Win Mortimer’s art is stylish, though a bit dated.
Title: “How We Met”
Synopsis: It takes a highschool Halloween party to make Joan realize boy next door Rog might be worthy of a second look.
Penciler: Mike Nasser
Review: A one-page wonder with Mike Nasser drawing young lovers dressed in groovy costumes. You could do worse!
Title: “The Lost Love”
Synopsis: Robin thinks her estranged lover is a bookworm – but it turns out he was writing the book on love!
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Penciler: John Rosenberger
Inker: Vince Colletta
Review: The creative team behind Lady Cop tries romance without the cops and robbers. Adequate, though a little daft.
Title: “20 Miles to Heart Break, Part II”
Synopsis: A runaway takes a walk on love’s wild side, hooking up with a Latin lover … who’s in a band!
Writer: Barbara Friedlander
Penciler: Alex Toth
Inker: Vince Colletta
Review: This comic was heading for a C+ grade until the always-excellent Alex Toth showed up. Bring on the next issue!
Grade (for the whole issue): B
Cool factor: Alex Toth :-)
Not-so-cool factor: Vince Colletta :-(
Notable: Also includes a frontispiece (probably illustrated by Dick Giordano) featuring an awful poem titled “You’re Young and You’re in Love,” along with illustrated horoscope and fashion features (with art by “Elizabeth”)
Character quotable: “… I didn’t mind at all as asked me to be his partner for dance after dance …” – Joan, about to get her groove on with the suddenly exciting Rog
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