Hello. Welcome back. Been a busy time here at Slipper Towers so I've not been able to update for a while. As a return, therefore, I've decided to give you something a bit special. Instead of the usual boring old comics strips drawn by some artist BY HAND like your parents' comics, what if the comics were REAL PEOPLE photographed? Wouldn't that be AMAZING!?
Blue Jeans was a magazine that ran from 1980 to 1991 and offered girls advice, tips and full-colour pin-ups of Paul King and Jason Connery. It also had "photo novels", stories that followed the format of romance comics but were actually photos of models posing in the frames. Because that made it more "real" and "grown up" I guess.
I haven't been able to trace the history of the photo-romance stories, it seems that it is a cultural endeavour ignored by critics, although a quick search has brought up some interesting images from a 1970s Italian magazine. However they were certainly big news in 1980s girls' magazines in Britain. Blue Jeans was popular enough to spawn spin-off comic library Blue Jeans Picture Novel.
The following story highlights come from Blue Jeans Photo Story Annual 1984. It is full of gems but this (or possibly the one with the magic gnome) is my favourite. Presenting: A chilling look at a future for humanity that COULD be, when a young couple makes...
That was weird.