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It is sixty years ago this week that D C Thomson first entered the girl's picture paper market with 'Romeo', a romance title largely aimed at older girls and young women.
The first issue was cover dated 31st August 1957 and included a suitably 'with it' free gift the Rock 'n' Roll Wishing Ring.
Strips included 'Cruise to Romance', 'Lucky Madge' and 'Here's Your Chance, Rosemary', which were all completes and the three serials 'The Innocents in Paris' drawn by Norman Lee, 'Honeymoon Express' and 'Rose the Slave Girl'. These were supplemented with features such as 'You can be his Dreamiest Dance Date', 'The Padlocked Bridegroom - the things men get up to before a wedding', 'Take your Partners' a means of telling your fortune by which current heart-throb you'd pick to tango or quick-step with! and 'Rings on their Fingers - the centre of every girl's dreams'.
There was also a reprinted comic strip from the US to round things off 'Millie the Model' by Stan & Dan, the Stan and Dan in question being Dan de Carlo and Stan Lee!
Romeo would last for a very respectable 887 issues before merging with Diana on 21st September 1974.

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There were quite a few titles pitched at teens/young women in the 1950s weren't there? The pocket-sized love comics seemed to be for women, not kids. It's a shame publishers moved away from the adult comic market in the sixties. (By "adult comics" I mean more sophisticated stories, kitchen sink dramas, etc, not the modern interpretation of "adult" as sex and violence.)

What I'm getting at is that although we often hear today that "hey, comics aren't for kids anymore", the British adult comic isn't a new thing by any means. I know the Victorian comics were aimed at adults, but there seems to have been a movement towards catering for older readers after WW2 too.

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