Undervalued Spotlight #432

True To Life Romances #11, Star Publications, May 1952.

Happy Valentines Day everybody.

This might be my favorite Spotlight of the year as it means I get to scour the deep and rich history of Romance Comics and pick one I think deserves more love.

A great man once said “Romance with no finance is a damn nuisance” so I recently sold an old Matt Baker cover comic to help out the cash flow . The only thing bad about selling a great romance comic is after the deal is done you don’t have the comic any more. Anyway it occurred to me that Matt Baker absolutely dominates the high end Romance Comics collectible market and while I won’t try to argue his supremacy I would like to point out that there are absolutely stellar Romance covers out there that rival Baker’s work.

This week I’d like to shine the heart shaped Valentines spotlight on True To Life Romances #11.

True To Life Romances #11 features what I think is the best Romance cover by everybody’s favorite artist these days L.B. Cole. Mr. Cole is not enjoying the massive market appeal by accident, he is an amazing and prolific artist that has left us dozens and dozens of covers we are climbing over each other to get. While Cole is most famous for his Sci Fi and his Horror his Romance stuff has only recently started heating up.

L.B. Coles cover to True To Life Romances #11 is his best romance cover and given some time it will filter out as being the one to have. This book stacks up against Baker’s best and it can be had at a fraction of the price.

True romantics wants one of these in their collection and since we’re all romantics at heart…

The 48th Overstreet price breaks for this book are $161/$356/$550 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Strengths that make this comic a good long-term investment are:

  • I think this is the best L.B. Cole Romance cover

Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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Chris Meli
5 years ago

Talk about unrequited love.

I am no romance comics guy but everything about this is great – composition, colors, message (re my argument that great covers are pictures that are worth a thousand words), and of course Cole. Good luck getting your hands on one. Two graded copies, no GPA sales, no raw issues listed. Even your stock image above comes from a copy that’s been through the mill, maybe it’s the one that was graded 3.5.

Calling this undervalued is just silly, unless that simply means in Overstreet, which is so off the mark for so many books that it’s not even worth talking about. If we are talking in real life, we have no way to judge. So please reread my comment to US #340, Sensation #20. It has been nearly two years since that pick, and as an update, STILL no more sales showing in GPA. There is nothing “undervalued” about TTLR #11 or Sensation #20, I guarantee you.

I think last week’s pick was much more appropriate for this topic even though I’m not buying it for that book. Picking on these clearly extraordinary and impossible to find books is just being a tease. Maybe create a different topic to highlight these, called something like “Face It Tiger, No Soup For You”.

5 years ago

This is a nice LB Cole romance cover but I like Popular Teen-Agers 15 and Confessions of Love 14 more.