Why I’m Not Going to UCLA

My thanks to “Picto”—one of my readers on GoComics.com—for suggesting the name “The Institute for the Sexually Gifted.”

I have some very inventive, funny and (surprisingly) dirty fans on GoComics.com. Many of the best comics in the world are available for free on that site. But honestly—sometimes the comments from readers are even funnier than the comics.

Original Art:
Below is the original art. This is actually a panel from the same story as Friday’s comic.

It’s a little earlier in the story and Betty has just learned that the boy she likes (Rod) is interested in icthyology. (Sure. I know when I hit puberty all I could think about was fish.)

So naturally icthyology becomes important to her too.

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GIRL: I love UCLA! But the Institute for the Sexually Gifted has better orgies!

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani

Sex, Love or Both?

Here’s a scan from the original 1960’s art. Betty has the hots for super shy Ron. And now, she’s ready to make her move!

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SCENE: Man and woman talking at a party or some sort of gathering. The man looks uncomfortable.

MAN: No, I don’t believe in sex without love either! So, uh…I guess we must be in love!

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani

Baffling Buds? Mystery Lover!

Below is the original art from a 1961 story about an insecure wife who wants to make spark up her marriage.

To get her husband’s attention, she does what we all do in this situation. She sends herself flowers and pretends they’re from a secret admirer.

Remember, ladies…a jealous husband is a homicidal…uh, loving husband

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SCENE: Delivery guy is bringing a long, narrow box to a woman as she stands in the doorway of her home. Her husband or lover looks on from inside the house.

WOMAN: Flowers? From you?

MAN: Gee! I hope so!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio

Enjoying Life to the Max?

The original art (see below) for this gag comes from “My Secret” in First Kiss #27; It features a girl (the blonde in the panel below) who appears to be much older than her real age—14.

Things quickly spin out of control when she skips a couple of grades and ends up in a relationship which is clearly too mature for a 14-year-old!

Note for Giordano Fans:

Unfortunately, Charlton’s photostat for this panel was so poor that it was unusable. So I ended up scanning from the printed comic book.

Consequently, some of Dick Giordano’s fine line work was lost and had to be touched up here and there by my-gotta-get-it-done-now, but-definitely-not-an-artist last choice: me.

This is something I try to avoid, but sometimes happens when lines drop out and deadlines loom.

So you’re not getting pure Giordano here—which is a pity because Dick was my favorite Charlton romance artist.

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SCENE: Young teen-age girl talking to two friends.

GIRL: I want to enjoy life fully! So marriage and kids will have to wait…’til I’m at least 16!

Art by Dick Giordano

Am I Losing It?

And here’s the original art from the late 1950s…

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WOMAN: Something’s wrong! I ordered a drink…and I had to pay for it myself!

Art by Dick Giordano and (possibly) Vince Colletta