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Marriage According to the Romance Comics of 1950

Our Adorable Past

Gamma Squad fished this helpful quiz right out of Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics, Michael Barson‘s compilation of the most dramatic moments of the wave of popular romance comics that sprung up in the 1950’s, when an absurdly restrictive semi-self-imposed code of censorship reduced superhero writing to drivel and the comic industry branched out into, horror of horror, writing comics for girls. Of course, this was mostly older dudes writing comices for girls, and on top of that it was the 1950’s. This marriage quiz, for example, wants you to know that if you don’t pass it, you need to grow up because you’re incapable of trust, love, or sharing.

I’ll save you the trouble of deciphering that reversed key:

What is your score? If you had the correct answer 8 times out of 10, you don’t have to worry — you’ll be the kind of a wonderful wife a man needs! From 6 to 8, watch out! You’ll really have to make an effort if you want to hold your husband! And for any score under 6 — you’d better grow up! Steer clear of marriage until you’ve learned to share, to trust, to love!

All ten questions of the quiz can be read at Gamma Squad.

(via Comics Alliance.)

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