Youthful Romances: Awful Cure-All Adverts From The 1953 Comic Book Of Love

YOUTHFUL Romances, formerly Youthful LOVE Romances, was a 1950s comic book. Published by St Louis Missouri’s Ribage Publishing Corporation, with executive offices in New York City, the comic book offered a look at love in full colour 2D for just 10 cents.

Covers told their own story:


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The coversoften featured real-life objects of desire, in this instance crooner Tony Bennett:


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There was drama and mental turmoil on every page.


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But better than the stories were the adverts. Let’s take a look.

The Mum-E-Lift would ensure that you never breathed out again. Hollywood stars didn’t, so why should you?


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FAT equals unhappy. SLIM equal happy. And by eating just two tablets a day, you fay girls will get slim, perhaps dangerously so.


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Pawned her rings? Never fear. You can buy a replica. She’ll never know.


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“Supported “By Diverse Medical Opinions”.


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She takes it off. You guys put it on.


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Mahoosive knickers model’s own.


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Learn to Dance in 5 Days. Learn To Dance Well in 23 Years.


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Did SLIM tuen to SKINNY? Never fear. You can bulk up again.


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And now something for younger siblings who picked up big sister’s comic book of love.


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Control “BULGE”.

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In 5 Days you will be able to walk two steps forward and one step to the left. GUARANTEED!


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No date? No fear. Stamps:


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The Blackhead Twins never got their own cartoon show.


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Remember those super tight fat-reducing knickers? Well, they can also hold your hernia in.


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Available in Black, Navy and go-ahead BROWN.


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Are those hair-eating microbes learning to dace on your head?


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FAT IS UGLY! FAT IS UGLY! (Unelss it’s glamour fat, then Phwoar!)


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Beasause exhaling is for losers.


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Guys go wild for Chopsticks.


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The 10-day free trial is up. What d’yer mean the watch says you’ve only had it for 8 days?


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No-one laughs are Brian any more.


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