Sunday, March 11, 2012

Really Cute Girlie Stuff: Elizabeth Berube

I rediscovered Elizabeth Berube's beautiful work for DC back in 2005 when I was going through my collection for material to post on my old 'Romance Comic Reading Room'. Over the last couple of years I've noticed Jacque Nodell write a few posts on Sequential Crush featuring Elizabeth Berube and her work, so for my post today I just wanted to bring all of that together for those who might be interested in this wonderful artwork and the person behind it. When I look at Elizabeth Berube's work I see a kind of Alphonse Mucha, Art Nouveau influence that fits with the time Ms Berube was working on this material, as that style was enjoying a revival of popularity in the late 60s/early 70s scene. Noteworthy is the inclusion of minority characters in some of these pieces. So here's those pages I scanned back in 2005 from some DC romance books, image-edited to hopefully get them looking at their best, plus links to all of Jacque's posts, including her interview with the lovely lady herself:

First here's the existing Sequential Crush posts that feature Elizabeth Berube:

Now here's some samples of the different kinds of features Elizabeth drew for DC romance comics, beginning with a contents page from Falling in Love 142:

Next here's a selection of horoscope pages, starting with the Fashion Horoscope from Girls' Love Stories 147:


Pisces from Young Love 79:

Cancer from Young Love 121:

Leo from Young Love 121

And some horoscope double page spreads, first from Young Love 121:

and from Young Love 123:

Beauty on a Budget was a fairly regular feature in late 60s/early 70s DC romance books. First example from Girls' Love Stories 151:

Next from Girls' Love Stories 175:

And Girls' Romances 152:

Plus Young Love 119:

Not to mention Young Love 121:

Finally some examples of less frequent or one-off features drawn by Elizabeth Berube. From Young Love 121, a request to readers to send in their fashion designs:

A 'how to' page giving ideas for making decorations, in Young Love 120:

And a similarly themed 'Hip Hints' page from Girls' Romances 151:

And last of all (for this post), a charming 'Dating IQ' questionnaire from Girls' Love Stories 158:

That's all for now, but revisiting these pages has inspired me to search for more, so don't be surprised to find more of the beautiful Elizabeth Berube's beautiful work on Out of This World. Next up - stay tuned for more cute girlie stuff - some more comic book paper dolls!