Home for the Holidays—and Beyond!

Original art from First Kiss #30 (1963.) Click image to enlarge

Back in the real world, my daughter is also home for the holidays. But Shelagh and I couldn’t be happier.

In fact, we wish you were staying much longer, Caitie.

We’d charge you rent, of course. But we’d give you a discount…if you paid with cash.


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CAPTION: While waiting to win the lottery, Lotta Denada decides she either has to get a job or...

SCENE, PANEL 1: Young woman is talking to her parents.

YOUNG WOMAN: ...move back in with you and Mom!

FATHER: Great! We’ll just sleep in the driveway so there’s room for all your stuff!

MOTHER: After we die of hypothermia, bury us in the flower beds!

SCENE, PANEL: Young woman stands by herself, thinking.

YOUNG WOMAN: Anger! Guilt!
Sarcasm! That’s so sweet! It’s like I never left!

Art by Luis Dominguez
Color by Allen Freeman ©2012 Last Kiss Inc

Stan Lee’s 90th Birthday: Dec. 28, 2012

The list of people who’ve influenced my work is long. Maybe endless. But somewhere in the top 10, you’d find Stan Lee.

It’s been said that Stan Lee’s greatest creation wasn’t Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk or any of the other Marvel characters. It was Stan Lee himself.

The things he said and wrote about the Marvel Universe (and himself) were as entertaining as any of his characters. His hype was so over the top, irreverent and good-natured that you knew he wasn’t taking himself seriously.

As a kid, I was firmly hooked on the heroics and drama of the Marvel Characters. But it was Stan’s sense of humor that—without me even realizing it—probably influenced me the most.

Apparently, with great power comes great humor…if you’re Stan Lee.

Original art from First Kiss #40 (1965) minus the Stan Lee head by John Romita, Sr. This gag first appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide—where Last Kiss appears every month.


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SCENE: Stan Lee and a young female companion enter a room where people are celebrating Stan's birthday.
STAN'S FEMALE COMPANION: It’s like this everywhere!zzit’s as if someone declared today National Stan Lee Day!

STAN: I asked for “International,” but…maybe next year!

CAPTION: Happy 90th Birthday, Stan!

Stan by John Romita, Sr. © Marvel Characters Inc
Rest by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Diego Jourdan Pereira

O Christmas Cold

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O Christmas Cold!

(Sung to the tune of “O Christmas Tree)

O Christmas Cold! O Christmas Cold!
My nose runs so! My snot grows!
O Christmas Cold! O Christmas Cold!
My nose runs so! My snot grows!
Not yet green. Thank God it’s clear!
But I glow like Rudy Reindeer!
O Christmas Cold! O Christmas Cold!
My nose runs so! My snot grows!
---John Lustig (and his cold)
©2012 Last Kiss Inc

Better Than Naughty or Nice

Panel as it first appeared in First Kiss #21 (1961.)

Anyone can get on Santa’s Naughty or Nice List. Santa’s Party List, however, is exclusive.

Kim Kardashian, Nancy Grace, the Octomom, most politicians and all of your in-laws are just a few of the billions of people who DON’T make Santa’s Party List.

As a Last Kiss fan, however, you automatically qualify for Santa’s guest list. (Plus a $2-discount at North Pole Valet Parking.)

Just remember to bring your own bottle (Santa prefers rum.) And watch out for the elves.

They’ve been working for 364 straight days. So they’re horny and most of ’em are about as tall as your crotch.

Think about it. Or, better yet—try not to.

Happy holidays from me and magical Mike Pascale!

Art as previously colored by Allen Freeman for another Last Kiss project.

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SCENE: Woman talking to Santa.
WOMAN: So…which list am I on?
SANTA: My party list!
1961 inks: Dick Giordano 2012 Holiday Magic: Mike Pascale
©2012 Last Kiss Inc

Please, Santa! Don’t Google!

The original art is from First Kiss #7 (1959.)

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SCENE: Woman talking to another woman.

WOMAN: I’m good...as long as Santa doesn’t Google me!

Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman

©2012 Last Kiss Inc