Too Immature? Not Us!

I know what you’re thinking.

You think I do the sensible thing. I study a piece of art, write a gag to go with it, and then hire an artist to color the art.

And sometimes I do. But all too often I’ll find an interesting piece of art and have the artist I’m working with fix it up and color it. And then later, I’ll write the gag to go with it.

It sounds insane, but it usually works out. A day, a week or maybe a few months later the right gag pops into my brain and a new Last Kiss is born.

But then there are all those other times, when it take me years…and years…and years to find the right joke to fit the art.

It doesn’t happen often. But, geez…guess which one this was?

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story "Good Ole Joe" in FIRST KISS #1, 1957.

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “Good Ole Joe” in FIRST KISS #1, 1957.

 
Transcript:

SCENE: Young man and woman talking.

WOMAN: My folks say we’re too immature to get married!

MAN: Those stupid, doo doo heads!

WOMAN: How can we prove we’re responsible adults?

MAN: You could get pregnant!

SCENE: Pause to think about it.

WOMAN: That’ll do it!

1957 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

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SCENE: Young man and woman talking.

WOMAN: My folks say we’re too immature to get married!

MAN: Those stupid, doo doo heads!

WOMAN: How can we prove we’re responsible adults?

MAN: You could get pregnant!

SCENE: Pause to think about it.

WOMAN: That’ll do it!

1957 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

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The Shadow of Love

I did Last Kiss comics for every issue of Comics Buyer’s Guide from 2000 until the magazine ended in 2013. This is one of my favorites—from 2005.

Panel 1 Art: Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #20, 1961.

Panel 1 Art: Vince Colletta Studio from “A Bouquet of Roses” in FIRST KISS #20, 1961.

And…

Inks by Dick Giordano from the story "My Ben" in FIRST KISS #14, 1960.

Inks by Dick Giordano from the story “My Ben” in FIRST KISS #14, 1960.

 
Transcript:

PANEL 1, SCENE: Woman watching the shadow of a man.

CAPTION: As she sadly sang “Happy Birthday” to herself, Maggie McGoo caught her first glimpse of the Shadow Man in the flickering light of the cake’s candles…and suddenly she didn’t feel so alone!

WOMAN (thinking): He’s definitely boyfriend material! After all, black goes with everything!

PANEL 2, SCENE: The silhouette of a man and woman talking and perhaps about to kiss.

CAPTION: After awhile, she stopped dating other men. It was so much easer to spend her time with the shadow of a man than the real thing! Little by little, reality faded away…until all that remained was a Shadow Man…and a Shadow Woman!

WOMAN: Will we always be together, darling?

MAN: Yes, dear! Without a shadow of a doubt!

Panel 1 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Panel 2 Art: Inked by Dick Giordano

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PANEL 1, SCENE: Woman watching the shadow of a man.

CAPTION: As she sadly sang “Happy Birthday” to herself, Maggie McGoo caught her first glimpse of the Shadow Man in the flickering light of the cake’s candles…and suddenly she didn’t feel so alone!

WOMAN (thinking): He’s definitely boyfriend material! After all, black goes with everything!

PANEL 2, SCENE: The silhouette of a man and woman talking and perhaps about to kiss.

CAPTION: After awhile, she stopped dating other men. It was so much easer to spend her time with the shadow of a man than the real thing! Little by little, reality faded away…until all that remained was a Shadow Man…and a Shadow Woman!

WOMAN: Will we always be together, darling?

MAN: Yes, dear! Without a shadow of a doubt!

Panel 1 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Panel 2 Art: Inked by Dick Giordano

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Leprechaun Matrimony

CONFESSION:

I can’t take credit for today’s St. Patrick’s Day comic.

The gag as well as the amazing modifications to the 1959 art (see original version below) sprang from the nimble mind and fingers of my pal Mike Pascale. I just had the good sense to say, “That’s brilliant! Go for it, Mike!”

Thanks, Mike!

However, I will happily take credit for one thing.

This St. Pat’s Day is my 32nd wedding anniversary. Okay, I also have to give a wee bit of credit to Shelagh for taking the matrimonial plunge with me and putting up with me all these years. (Frankly, even I didn’t feel like putting up with me sometimes during those 32 years.) So…

Thanks, Shelagh!

Artist unknown (but I suspect it's Vince Colletta.) From the story "You Can Never Tell" in FIRST KISS #10, 1959.

Artist unknown (but I suspect it’s Vince Colletta.) From the story “You Can Never Tell” in FIRST KISS #10, 1959.

 

 
Transcript:

SCENE: Leprechaun is marrying a woman and they are kissing. In the background, several people look on—including one woman who is disgusted.

DISGUSTED WOMAN: Pot o’gold digger!!

1959 Artist Unknown
Modern Mischief & Magical Modifications: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: Leprechaun is marrying a woman and they are kissing. In the background, several people look on---including one woman who is disgusted.

DISGUSTED WOMAN: Pot o’gold digger!!

1959 Artist Unknown
Modern Mischief & Magical Modifications: Mike Pascale

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Why? Oh, Why? Do I Have to Get Married?

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story "A Bouquet of Roses" in FIRST KISS #20, 1961.

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “A Bouquet of Roses” in FIRST KISS #20, 1961.

 
Transcript:

WOMAN: Why do I have to get married…before I can get alimony?

1961 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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WOMAN: Why do I have to get married…before I can get alimony?

1961 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Dating Dad

Art by Reed Crandall  from the story "Bitter Love" in CINDERELLA LOVE #2, 1951.

Art by Reed Crandall from the story “Bitter Love” in CINDERELLA LOVE #2, 1951.

 
Transcript:

WOMAN #1: You’re
dating my dad?

WOMAN #2: Only for an hour! That’s all he can afford!

1951 Art: Reed Crandall Re-Creation: Elite Avni-Sharon

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WOMAN #1: You’re
dating my dad?

WOMAN #2: Only for an hour! That’s all he can afford!

1951 Art: Reed Crandall Re-Creation: Elite Avni-Sharon

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