For those who don’t get the joke on this page, there is a famous Japanese comic entitled The Rose of Versailles, by Riyoko Ikeda. This work is among my greatest influences. The “man” in the scene in panel 1 is a reference to the main character from Rose of Versailles, Lady Oscar, a girl who is raised by her father to be a guard in Marie Antoinette’s court.
So, the “man” getting a smootch is no man at all.
The Rose of Versailles has never been published in a US edition, though in the 1980’s, an edition was published for Japanese students of English. Adapted by Fred Schodt, this was my introduction to the series, which I purchased at a Japanese book store in New York City.
I also had laserdiscs of the anime series, and once had a very poor quality video tape of the rare Jacques Demme live action version. It’s not a particularly good adaptation, but I treasured it anyway. I have had no luck getting a replacement: it seems unavailable except in Italy.
I was so enamored of Lady Oscar, I kept my long blonde hair curled and wore uniform jackets for years. I thought I looked dandy. When I first went to Japan and visited Takarazuka (known for its all female theater company which produced a stage version of The Rose of Versailles,) people told me I looked like Lady Oscar and I did not have to prompt them. I have been dining out on this ever since.
I have a nice letter I received from Riyoko Ikeda, which is a great treasure to me; she is one of my great cartooning idols.
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