Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Latino/Spanish Artists at Charlton: Demetrio (9) - Time For Love 43
Charlton's Time for Love 43 (Aug 1975) has another 6 page story sporting some decent Demetrio artwork. This time another well-used romance comic theme is used - that of the star struck aspiring actress exploited by the philandering lead actor, while the reliable home town guy waits, offering support, until the girl's illusion is dispelled. She allows herself to be easily taken in by the unprincipled celebrity, to the extent that she begins believing he loves her and intends to follow through with his promises. Of course it all comes crashing down, and Mr. Dependable has to pick up the pieces. Fortunately she's able to learn from her experience and see the man who really cares about her as the gem he is. Some artistic devices of note: the protagonist's hair begins to spill out over the edges of the panels in the last 3 pages of the story, quite nicely done; here and there we see some of the trademark Demetrio psychedelia - particularly nice examples in panel 2 on page 4 and in panel 4 of page 6. European cars, broody females, a flock of seagulls, 70s hairstyles. Here it is:
There was a point in the story where Elaine seemed to be suggesting that Peter was too controlling, but one has to wonder how he put up with her running off with the flashy actor when it is obvious he cares for her.