I'll probably anger people by saying this, but I'm not that fond of the Simon & Kirby romance comics. Kirby's art (and imitators like Mort Meskin here) just doesn't seem to "fit" a "straight" romance story with no physical action.
By The Australian Panther
I'm probably as big a Kirby fan as you are likely to run into and you are never going to anger me by expressing your honest opinion.
That said - Mort Meskin was obviously influenced by Kirby as in some way nearly every comic book artist has been, but it's doing him a disservice to call him a mere Kirby imitator.
- The inker here appears to be George Roussos, who at his worst, was very heavy handed and destroyed detail in the art.
- you will notice that the 'additional information lists Natalie Krigstein (http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/Natalie_Krigstein ) as the writer. A writer can sometimes restrict the artist as to what he can depict visually and this may be the case here. I agree with you that this story is not exactly first class and the above may be some of the reasons why.
Have a look at the Meskin and Kirby stories in this issue, Which you might find a little better.
Bear in mind that Simon and Kirby pioneered the Romance genre, so everyone doing romance comics was learning from them.
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