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Sorority_Secrets_001-c2c [54-07]-Toby_Press
Issue: #1
Published: July 1954, Price: 0.10 USD, Pages: 36, Editing: Harold Betancourt (art director); Benton J. Resnick (general manager)
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format: One-shot
Notes: Jerry Bails' Who's Who gives the following credits for this series (which only lasted one issue): Bernard Baily, Ben Brown, David Gantz, and John Rosenberger. According to Michelle Nolan in "Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics" (McFarland, 2008, p. 130), Toby planned a second issue of "Sorority Secrets" but used the material in issue 20 of "Great Lover Romances" instead. Nolan thinks the sorority concept limited story possibilities as well as audience numbers because few women attended college in 1954. She describes "Sorority Secrets" as bizarre. Issue available as a scan at goldenagecomics.co.uk.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (1 page)
Synopsis: A petting couple is observed by a young woman.
Genre: Romance

Advertisement (1 page) Physique Development Offer
Synopsis: Full-page, inside front cover physique development offer from Last Chance-All.
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Advertisement (1 page) Baby Turtle Offer
Synopsis: Full-page live baby turtle offer from Honor House Products Corp..
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Comic Story (4 pages) The Secret!
Synopsis: Rich and spoiled college girl Marcia Bascomb has been grounded by her young, substitute sorority housemother Scotty until her schoolwork improves. When Marcia discovers Scotty and her fiance petting in the housemother's room, she vengefully threatens to expose Scotty's apparent moral lapse to the college authorities. With Scotty at her mercy, Marcia defiantly breaks curfew and, with a laugh, dares Scotty to report her. Marcia's sorority sisters relate to Scotty and orchestrate a blackmail stunt of their own to teach Marcia a lesson. Marcia sees the error of her ways and apologizes to Scotty.
Genre: Romance
Characters: Marcia Bascomb Scotty Jeff (Scotty's Fiance) Chubby (Marcia's Roommate)

Comic Story (7 pages) To Win Your Love
Synopsis: Suzanne and Warren are outstanding Westover College swimmers. Their romance is frustrated by Suzanne's competence, spirit, and pride however, and Warren's notions about traditional gender roles. One day, Suzanne is allowed to enter the traditionally all-male one mile Australian crawl at the Springville swim meet but realizes winning the event will cost her Warren's love. She slacks off in the final moments, allowing Warren to cross the finish line, and decides she prefers Warren's tender lips to winning swim meets. Warren, of course, is thrilled.
Credits: Pencils: Bob Forgione | Inks: Jack Abel
Genre: Romance
Characters: Suzanne Lawrence Warren Miller

Comic Story (6 pages) The Wrong One
Synopsis: Lois Mason attends her mother's alma mater and reluctantly joins her mother's beloved sorority. Much has changed since Mrs. Mason's participation and the sorority has become a snobbish, controlling clique. When Lois dates Hank, Mrs. Bartlett threatens to write to Mrs. Mason. To spare her mother worry and concern, Lois agrees to drop Hank and to comply with the house's snobbish style. She continues to secretly see Hank however and finally decides to drop her affiliation with the sorority. Her mother has discovered the sorority's snooty attitudes and supports her daughter's decision.
Genre: Romance
Characters: Lois Mason Mrs. Mason Mrs. Bartlett (housemother) Hank Anderson (medical Student)

Advertisement (1 page) High School Education Offer
Synopsis: Full-page offer for an at-home high school education from American School.
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Advertisement (1 page) Merchandise Offer
Synopsis: Half-page ad positioned on the upper portion of the page offering the sale of rings, watches, and other merchandise from Ideal Co..
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Advertisement (1 page) Classifieds
Synopsis: Half-page classified ads positioned on the lower portion of the page.
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Comic Story (5 pages) The Faint Heart
Synopsis: Bess accepts a bet from Greta to wrangle a kiss from bashful, handsome Paul. To that end, Bess maneuvers her way into his company and the two begin casually seeing one another. They fall in love. At a school dance, Paul kisses her and Greta sails-in to congratulate Bess on winning the bet. Bess is mortified but Paul reassures her of his love.
Credits: Pencils: Ben Brown (signed) [as Brown] | Inks: David Gantz (signed) [as Gantz]
Genre: Romance
Characters: Bess Greta Paul

Comic Story (6 pages) Kid Sister
Synopsis: Marsha Cooper meets and dates Ralph Munson, a stranger in town looking for a job. Marsha's glamorous sister Eve captures Ralph's interest and the two begin dating. Eve then neglects her steady boyfriend Donald and treats him with shabby indifference. Eventually, Donald transfers his romantic interest to Marsha (who is receptive), and Eve is left fuming (and without Donald's affection) when she discovers Ralph is a wanted thief.
Genre: Romance
Characters: Marsha Cooper Eve Cooper Ralph Munson Donald

Advertisement (1 page) Vibra Planet Space Phones Offer
Synopsis: Full-page Space Phones offer from Consumers Mart.
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Advertisement (1 page) Music Lessons Offer
Synopsis: Full-page inside back cover offer for music lessons from U.S. School of Music.
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

Advertisement (1 page) Stamp Collection Offer
Synopsis: Full-page back cover American history stamp collection offer from Littleton Stamp Co..
Credits: Script: ? (ad copy) | Letters: Typeset

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