Romance in the comics

Paul Giametti and Hope Davis as Pekar and Babner in the 2003 movie American Splendor.

Paul Giametti and Hope Davis as Pekar and Babner in the 2003 movie American Splendor.

In the new comic book movie Watchmen, the character Comedian is seen beating up a fellow superhero, Silk Spectre.

Needlessly graphic and violent, the scene brought up uncomfortable associations with headlines at the time about pop singer Rihanna and her abuse at the hands of fellow pop star/boyfriend Chris Brown.

So I thought it might be a good time to bring up some of the healthier relationships from the comics – daily strips included.

10. Well, duh – Superman and Lois Lane. A classic triangle, as Clark Kent wants Lois, Lois wants Superman,  and Superman can’t reveal he’s Clark Kent. Sparks fly, Lois gets in trouble, and Supes swoops in to the rescue, again.

9. Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner. Pekar is the creator of American Splendor, a comic-book anthology of autobiographical stories with different artists illustrating Harvey’s day-to-day existence. This includes Babner, his wife, who plays a starring role not only in the comic book series but in the movie version, as portrayed by Hope Davis. (Thanks to Michael Doran, from whom I stole this suggestion.)

(Who else made the list? Check out the full post “Ten great comic book romances”)

0 comments for “Romance in the comics

  1. March 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Olive Oyl is a whore. She can’t make up her mind between Popeye and Bluto. Al Capp is a genius. I love when he put Lennon in his place during the bed in for peace in Toronto. And you know that Archie is banging both Betty and Veronica. You forgot that Ernie and Bert are having a relationship also.

    • March 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

      Foobles, why don’t you post a pic of yourself with your illustrious commentary?

  2. March 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm


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