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Marvel's Dating Advice From The Sixties Hasn't Aged Well

Back in the day, Marvel Comics wasn't just sci-fi and superheroes, they published a wide range of comic books, from horror to western to romance comics. Which meant agony aunt advice columns like "Suzan Says". This was named after Suzan Lane Loeb, the original writer of Marvel's "Suzan Says" advise column of the era, which ran in Marvel's My Love and Our Love Story.  According to a 2010 interview with Loeb, she wrote the column for My Love issues #1-10 and Our Love Story issues #1-10, but it would appear that Marvel kept the name Suzan on the column after Loeb moved on.

Marvel's Dating Advice From The Sixties Hasn't Aged Well

Well, this particular piece from Our Love Story #18, after the original Suzan had stopped writing the column, has been doing the rounds. The subsequent writer of the column, and of this one in particular, is as yet unknown. Now it may be unfair to judge advice given to teenagers in the late sixties and early seventies from a comic book published to today's social mores, but when has that every stopped anyone? Certainly not us…

Marvel's Dating Advice From THe Sixties Hasn't Aged Well

Go on, let's run that through the OCR.

Dear Suzan, I am a senior in high school and am taking Biology from this teacher who is very nice looking. He is 23 years old. I am 19! He asked me out several times, but turned him down because of what my friends would think about my going out with my teacher. I really like him, and want very badly to go out with him. What to do? Polly

Dear Polly. If you like this teacher, then stop being a silly little schoolgirl! Of course, go out with him. You're a big girl of 19, and you should not have to worry about what your friends would think; only what you think. You above all should realize the answer now. Do what you really believe you want to do, and do it because that's the surest answer of all!

There is no word on what Polly ended up doing with Mister Biggins or whatever he might have been called. But if you want to read an interview from twelve years ago with Suzan Lane Loeb, Sequential Crush has one right here,

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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