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Real Name: Marsha Mannes

Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)

Occupation: Unrevealed, housewife(?)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Don Forbes, Roy Mathews, Mr. Mathews (first name unrevealed, uncle to Roy)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Roy Mathews (husband)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed rural location, USA

First Appearance: Love Tales#65/5 (December, 1955)

Powers/Abilities: Marsha Mannes had no outstanding abilities, but was good-natured and romantic.

Height: 5'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 105 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Dark green
Hair: Strawberry blond


(Love Tales#65/5 (fb)) - Marsha Mannes enjoyed a relationship with the charming and successful Don Forbes (likely in New York). One evening, overlooking the skyline, he proposed marriage to her; surprised, she asked for time to think about it. Marsha drove out to a rural area to be surrounded by nature to give the proposal solemn thought, and stayed at a farm-style lodge, Shady Elms, owned by Mr. Mathews. His courteous nephew, Roy Mathews, instantly caught her eye and the two connected quickly, seeing each other every day, eventually kissing. Marsha revealed her predicament, yet Roy still proposed to her as well. Tearful and confused, she ran off and left the next morning. Despite having enjoyed the country, she was glad to be back in the city and eager to see Don.

(Love Tales#65/5 (fb) - BTS) - Marsha met Don, but when their eyes met, they both knew their relationship was over. So without unpacking, Marsha, drove back to Shady Elms and soon married Roy, the man she truly loved (despite the brief romance).

(Love Tales#65/5) - Marsha spoke of her romance and welcomed her husband home.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Jay Scott Pike (pencils & inks).

The Story was reprinted in Our Love Story#36 (September, 1975), which is where the images are from. It was tagged as coming from "your mother's young days". Within fifteen years from this story's first printing, there were progressions in art style and contemporary settings and norms in Marvel's romance comics.

The story has a nice framing sequence; it's all told in flashback until the very end and the reader is the person Marsha is speaking to.

These romance stories often had the flavor of the time in which they were written, and nothing else to tie them into Marvel's sliding timescale. As such, it's likely that the stories took place at the time of publication rather than being part of the sliding timescale.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Marsha Mannes has no known connections to:

Don Forbes

Don Forbes was handsome, charming and successful, and enjoyed a relationship with a Marsha Mannes. one evening, he proposed to her, but this caught her unprepared and she retired to the country to consider the proposal. She returned to the city, but had been wooed by a country boy, and upon seeing Don, both Marsha and Don realized their relationship was over.





--Love Tales#65/5

Roy Mathews

Roy Mathews was the nephew of the owner of Shady Elms, a farm that also functioned as a lodge. He worked the farm and loved the rural life. He connected quickly with Marsha Mannes when she visited to quietly consider a marriage proposal. Roy spent every day with Marsha and soon proposed to her, despite knowing her predicament. She ran off tearful and confused, but returned the next day. The two married and lived happily together.





--Love Tales#65/5

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Love Tales#65/5, p3, pan1 (main image)
   p4, pan3 (headshot)
   p1, pan1 (Forbes)
   p2, pan6 (Mathews)

Love Tales#65/5 (December, 1955) - uncredited writer, Jay Scott Pike (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 07/22/2019

Last updated: 07/22/2019

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