“Sister Without Scruples,” or, you two-timing whore! (All Romance, Volume 1)

Sister without scruples, eh? Sounds kink-ay!

A girl named Fran is our narrator for this one. She met Jeff Gilbert at a charity function three weeks ago, and he’s already told her that he loves her. Whirlwind romance, indeed! These all seem to have that theme – that’s probably why things get so easily screwed up. Anyway:

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Oh, Jeff, I just love your patronizing tone. Especially from an orphan. And what if you don’t like her family; is that her fault?

Of course, Fran is more worried that Jeff will like them a little TOO much, especially her stepsister, Rita. Rita takes all of Fran’s men away from her, woe. She realizes that she can’t stall Jeff any longer, so she invites him to Sunday dinner.

At home, Fran confronts Rita and warns her to keep her mitts off this one.

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“If a man isn’t willing to go, no other girl can get him away.” I didn’t post the panel from the previous one, but the girl with the cut-up face says the EXACT SAME THING before the train crashes and she flies into the mirror. Yes, no other girl. If said girl keeps putting herself in that man’s way, however, with the intent of making his impossibly tiny waist-high head turn towards her, it’s also her fault. I love how Rita’s mom makes her out to be a hero to womankind of a sort. Yes, Rita, show these men for the scoundrels they are, with your raven tresses and teeny waist!

In the next panel, Fran tells us that Rita lied to the last two guys, telling them that Fran was a “two-timer” and other things, when she was only working late. Of course, her stepmother defends her real daughter, and her father just wants to read his damned paper, damn it.

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A shallow comment, please indulge me. You know that your bitch stepsister is going to try to grab your man away from you. You know she has that seductive look about her and wears her hair down, how scandalous! So, you dress like a frump, in a shirtwaist with frilly pockets? Yeeeah, she is looking pretty smoking by comparison. And bearing her shoulders.

Basically, all Rita does is purr at him, and he’s a goner. It actually took him a week, which means that his periscope must not be up to snuff – perhaps a visit to the doctor is in order. May I suggest Dr. Howe?

Frannie, what are you going to do now? Enter Mr. Creeper at the office, and boom, she has an idea!

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Fran has a secret, conniving bitch side to her, too, even though she pretends that she doesn’t.

Of course, Rita gloms onto Lee immediately, leading to all sorts of shenanigans. She breaks it off with Jeff, leaving Fran free to take up with him again.

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And suddenly, it all makes sense to both menfolk, and everyone leaves the table with Rita sobbing for her little old self.

Jeff asks for Fran’s forgiveness, as he finally sees the light!

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He doesn’t expect it (but he really secretly does, because she’s a doormat), and she definitely does (because again, she is a doormat). So, what is the lesson here? Jeff really, truly loves Fran, except for the time that he was into her two-timing ho of a stepsis. But, but, it wasn’t his fault! Rita and her feminine wiles, and her . . . .shoulders, and that vixen hair!! Blast her!

I’d say “product of the times” and have done with it, but I can’t, because if these sorts of comics were produced today, it would be the SAME thing, except that Rita would stalk Jeff via Facebook and then send him titillating text messages.

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