CLASSIC ATWT Photo of the Day: Afternoon TV Covers
Posted by Rob Wargo
Today we look at a tale of two Afternoon TV covers. The saga of Liz, Paul, Dan and Susan dominated the AS THE WORLD TURNS storyline in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Susan was initially married to Dan, but Dan loved the beautiful english Liz. Dan's brother Paul also loved Liz and married her when she became pregnant by Dan. Susan also became pregnant by Dan. Liz had her baby (named Betsy), and while Susan lost this baby, she later had another child by Dan (Emmy, later known as Emily). In the midst of all of this, Irna Phillips returned to ATWT and apparently despised this somewhat incestuous story. She had Paul die of a brain tumor, and then Liz died by falling "up" the stairs. Dan, Susan and the girls were written out of the story for awhile, only to return when Irma left the show. Susan would continue to fight to regain Dan's love all throughout the 1970s even when it became clear that Kim was the only woman for him. Betsy did not learn that Dan was her father, and not Paul, until shortly before Dan's death.
On these covers are Jane House and Marco St. John as Liz and Paul, and Marie Masters and John Colenback as Dan and Susan.