Friday, January 5, 2007
What’s in a name?
Atomic Romance has a nice ring to it doesn’t it! But where did I, Swinebread, get such a luscious name, a name that drips with such sweetness it burns. Well, it all goes back to comic books as it often does. I was posting to Captain Comics and came across a discussion of the Golden Age, the Golden Age of Comic Books that is. This period dates from the 1930s to the mid-1950s, and is characterized by the creation of the comic format, and the rise and decline of the superheroes. Of course a Sliver Age of Comics followed, but nowadays most comic geeks, including me, believe that there was an age in-between Silver and Gold. Many names have been bandied about, the Atomic Age, the Genre Age, etcetera, but I came across one name in an old Overstreet Price Guide that stuck out, the Atomic-Romance Age. It was a time of nuclear horror and teen love, which comics reflected with titles like: Young Romance, Weird Science, and Tales from the Crypt, so heck, why not call this period the Atomic-Romance Age?
When I mentioned this ‘age’ on the thread, I realized that Atomic Romance would make a great title of a faux comic magazine, a cross between romance and Sci-Fi comic books. So, I created a new thread and made mock covers using parts of real Golden Age comic books. Needless to say, folks loved the idea and I had whale of time making them. I hope to do more eventually.
So, that is where Atomic Romance comes from. I think it is a good title for my blog as I hope to be all over the map with outré observations, especially in regards to digging into our pop culture for layered meanings, real or imagined. Also, I kinda’ like things that have a dialectic nature to them which Atomic Romance has. It’s both funny and scary. Plus, I may want to do something else with it at some point. (…a restaurant chain?). The possibilities are endless.