Thursday, 3 July 2014

Rose And The Thorn

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane? Nobody bought that book, right? I mean who cares? Well, I bought it, but not for Lois, for one of the great DC back-up strips of the Bronze Age, Rose And The Thorn.
What with it's central theme of demure wallflower dressing up as leather-clad ass-kicker, It's probably best not to delve too deeply into the sexual politics of this strip, not to mention it's take on mental illness, but somehow Rose And The Thorn isn't sleazy, or at least not as much as it would've been in, say, a Warren magazine.
These were the days when superheroines were sexy, but not freakishly out of proportion or borderline pornographic, and were all the better for it.
Rose herself is a bit of a cipher, and it's the ballsy Thorn that keeps you reading, which I guess is kind of the point, that being her real, buried personality.
For a back-up strip that nobody but me read, Rose And The Thorn had some pretty heavyweight talent in the art department though. Here, for instance, we have Ross Andru, Gray Morrow AND Dick Giordano.
And isn't Rock And Rose the greatest title ever?


  1. Don't feel alone! I bought LL for R&T, too! One of the best back-ups ever, and you're dead on--fantastic art most every time!

  2. It was hard for me to get used to a new Rose and Thorn, since I was familiar with their Golden Age versions in Flash Comics. E. Nelson Bridwell apparently used Julie Schwartz's technique for creating Silver Age updates. This one became my favorite.
    Didn't Gail Simone revive the character in the 2000s? Is that where you got the idea that Thorn was her real personality? I don't recall thinking that at the time.

  3. Never read the Gail Simone one, Darci, was it any good? No, I just always read the strip that way.
    And knew I wasn't really the only Thorn fan, Groove!

  4. Aw, shucks, I thought we had Thorn all to ourselves... ;D