Just in time for Valentine’s Day, DC Comics is bringing back Young Romance, the anthology that 65 years ago launched an entire genre, with a one-shot featuring such characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batman, Apollo and Midnighter.
Called Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1, the 64-page anthology boasts a creative lineup that includes Andy Diggle, Ann Nocenti, Peter Milligan, Phil Jimenez, Gene Ha, Cecil Castellucci, Sanford Green, Lauren Buekes and Emanuella Luppichinno. Kenneth Rocafort’s cover can be seen in full below.
Created in 1947 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Crestwood Publications, Young Romance was a break from both the superhero comics and dominated the war years and from the predominantly adolescent-male readership (indeed, its tagline read, “”Designed For the More ADULT Readers of Comics”). The series quickly spawned such spinoffs as Young Love and In Love, and such imitators as Timely/Marvel’s My Romance and Fawcett’s Sweethearts. Crestwood abandoned comics in 1963 and sold its romance titles to DC, which continued publishing Young Romance until 1975.
This marks at least the third classic DC anthology in recent months to be resurrected as a one-shot: Mystery in Space was released in May, followed last month by Ghosts. The publisher has also reused old names like G.I. Combat and All-Star Western in its New 52 relaunch.
Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1 arrives Feb. 6.