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Marvel Romance Redux: But I Thought He Loved Me!

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2006
By: Shaun Manning

Writers: Jeff Parker, Roger Langridge, John Lustig, Jimmy Palmiotti, Keith Giffen
From stories originally presented by: John Buscema and John Romita, Sr.; Dick Giordano and Vinny Colletta; Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Vinny Colletta; Jack Kirby; and Stan Lee, Gene Colan, and Jim Mooney

Publisher: Marvel Comics

God, it's an easy joke. Taking material meant to say one thing and dubbing it over to say another. It's given us such films as What's Up, Tigerlily? and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. It shows up in Whose Line Is It Anyway? and was employed to great effect in Mystery Science Theatre 3000. It's so easy, but it's sooo funny.

In Marvel Romance Redux: But I Thought He Loved Me!, today's writers rescript romance comics from the 1960s and '70s to create outrageous clash of context scenarios. The one-shot is a series of short tales, with highlights including the lead-off "President Stripper" and "I was Inked by Sparky Hackworth!" There's also a not-so-subtle parody of Newsarama journalist Matt Brady, which is lightly amusing for those who get a kick out of in-jokes.

A brightly-lit world of pastels and heartthrobs burlesqued into an absurd sequence of non-sequitur and grotesquerie, MRRBUTHL will satisfy the cynical comic reader, as well as fans of improv and sketch comedy. This is the comic that will make you laugh out loud on the subway, and make fellow commuters wonder what the hell is wrong with you.

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