So in my post on Essential Wonder Woman Vol. 4, I mentioned how much Kanigher seemed to be borrowing from romance books of the time in the way he was writing the Amazon in the late sixties. That stirred my memory … and eventually it stirred enough to know why. Jacque Nodell of the Sequential Crush blog (and grandchild of Golden Age Green Lantern artist Mart Nodell) did a short monograph about that topic, Supergirl and Wonder Woman (and Lois) as romance-comics characters. You can download a PDF at the link.
Nodell goes into detail about how some of the themes and imagery popular in romance comics made their way into the various books so it seems I wasn’t imagining it. If the topic interests you, it’s a short read, and I think she’s spot on, though I definitely don’t think the tactic worked with WW.
Cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, all rights to current holder.