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Fawcett published 3 issues of Negro Romance on a bi monthly schedule between June and October of 1950, with the second issue being reprinted by Charlton as Negro Romances # 4 dated May 1955.
Unfortunately, that is about as much as I've been able to find about the Negro Romance series. There's lots of regurgitation of the tidbits above around the internet, but no information to add. And apparently, becuase of their obscurity and rarity, the Negro Romance issues sell for hundreds of dollars each.
In doing research for this post, I learned that Strawberry Shortcake fandom is NO JOKE! It's hardcore and very intense. There's merchandise, events, life-size costumes for adults and children, offshoot comics, cartoons, DVDs, and much much more.
I happened upon this character by accident this morning. I was watching some a.m. Doctor Who (couldn't sleep), went to turn up the volume, the remote flips to Strawberry Shortcake on another channel SOMEHOW, and onto the screen pops Orange Blossom. How fortuitous!
The Strawberry Shortcake franchise has existed for almost 30 years - and my aunt, Felicia, LOVED the series, even going as far to insist on being called Strawberry Shortcake as a child. Strawberry Shortcake is an institution and the fandom is EVERYWHERE.
On to Orange Blossom. There are two iterations of this character - the first in the cartoon that premiered in the 1980s - the second in the 2003 reboot of the program. In the 1980s version, Orange Blossom is an urban artist from what I assume is NYC (in the show referred to as Big Apple City - and the show is filled with names like that. The characters live in places like Strawberry Land, Cookie Corners, and Huckleberry Briar. It's all very twee.), with a pet butterfly named Marmalade. In the 2003 series, she lives in Orange Blossom Acres in an orange tree shaped house.
Sandra "Moonday" Hawke briefly dated Oliver Queen, the first Green Arrow. Their tryst led to a pregnancy and the birth of Connor Hawke, who often acted as Green Arrow in his father's absence. Sandra is the daughter of a Korean war veteran and farmer, Nathan Hawke. Because of several misunderstandings and his interpreting her wanting a more serious relationship as a ploy to get money, Oliver and Sandra's love life was often tempestuous. Moonday later remarried a man named Milo Armitage, an arms dealer she, rather than divorcing, decide to abandon in Africa... She also happens to be a half-Korean, former hippie, model, and actress.
Firstly, Did anyone else hear that Disney is buying Marvel for $4 billion??? What a way to start the day! I don't know how to feel about this. I just hope Disney doesn't try to anesthetize my comics!
On to Vibrania. The more involved a character history, the more invested in that character I become - which explains my interest in Vibrania (who first appears in 1990 alongside Marvel's Speedball in ). Vibrania's entire history is invented: she comes from the fictional African nation Kwarrai and was paralyzed, but also ultimately granted her powers (and name) by the alloy Vibranium, a metal which only exists in the Marvel Universe (the same Vibranium of which Captain America's shield is comprised).
Cree Summer strikes again!
This time with Rugrats character Susie Carmichael ( Susanna "Susie" Yvonne Carmichael - I used to LOVE that show!). On Rugrats Susie was the daughter of fictional show Dummi Bear's writer, Randy Carmichael, and pilot, La Cordon Bleu trained chef, and doctor, Lucy Carmichael.
Susie's character had a rivalry with Angelica, had a short lived spin-off titled The Carmichaels, and was featured (not prominently) on Rugrats: All Grown Up, in which she was a teenage singer and entertainer.