He’s a Sport

He’s a Sport

Yes, he is a good sport. And by “he” I mean, of course, guest writer Roy Thomas.

If you don’t know who Roy Thomas is then turn in your Marvel Bullpen score card and hang your mutant head in shape. Then go read this brief summary I wrote about Roy’s career. Or read Wikipedia’s long article about him.

Suffice to say, Roy was a major writer/editor in the early days of Marvel. And he remains an active and admired comics creator. (Among other things, he’s the editor of that fabled tome of comics history Alter Ego Magazine.)

So I was thrilled when Roy agreed to be a guest writer in the Last Kiss Couple-Up dialog contest. Unfortunately—or so it seemed at first—we got our signals crossed. Instead of writing an opening caption, Roy wrote dialogue for the two characters in today’s comic.

Although unsuitable for the contest, it was too good to waste. So, Roy kindly let me use the dialogue in today’s comic. And he even let me add my opening caption to the gag. (My inner fanboy is ecstatic!)

And, yes, Roy is still planning to write a caption for a future Couple-Up contest. So, you’ll have a chance to submit dialog and “collaborate” with Roy too.

In the meantime, the current Couple-Up contest is still going on—with a great opening caption by another legendary comics creator—Jim Salicrup. Don’t miss your chance to submit dialogue and “collaborate” with Jim.

The contest ends Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m. PST. So hurry!

Original art from First Kiss #19 (1961.)

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SCENE: Woman smiling from a home's doorway as a man walks away from her waving and smiling.

CAPTION: Despite his witty sports references, women rarely dated Joe twice!

WOMAN: That was great, Joe...But I'm worried that you won't respect me in the morning!

MAN: Not to worry. I lost all respect for you when I got to second base!

Guest Dialogue: Roy Thomas
Opening Caption: John Lustig
Color: Dan McConnell
©2013 Last Kiss Inc

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  1. Mike Pascale says:

    Hey, congratulations, John!! The list of celebrity guests and collabs on this strip just gets bigger and more impressive every year (despite my being on that list…but what an honor to be included!)

    Great strip and great humor from one of my favorite writer/editors. Roy rocks!
    Best,
    Mike

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