Monday, February 9, 2009

Panel of the Week - Scarlet's First Love

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, this week's panel shows off Scarlet's first love interest introduced in the comic strips. "Red" Penn was a tramp turned successful radio crooner thanks to some help from an invisible source. It was in February sixty-eight years ago that Red finally had the courage (and the funds) to ask Scarlet out, and creator Russell Stamm was all too happy to provide them with the "Perfect Date."

Despite the wonderful evening, Red and Scarlet's relationship did not last. There was the standard soap opera melodrama to be sure, but there was also a war going on and Red became a naval aviator. The last strip that I've seen features Red called back to the air corps and promising to marry Scarlet when he returned. It appears he never did.

In honor of Red and first loves everywhere, take some time to celebrate your loved ones this Valentine's Day!

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