She’s Got a Crush on You

Art by Dick Giordano from the story "Fooling with Love" in FIRST KISS #7, 1959.

Art by Dick Giordano from the story “Fooling with Love” in FIRST KISS #7, 1959.

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman kissing cheek of skeptical man.

MAN: Are you a woman who crushes a man’s heart and then laughs?

WOMAN: Let’s find out!

1959 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Allen Freeman & John Lustig

7.2.3.6

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SCENE: Woman kissing cheek of skeptical man.

MAN: Are you a woman who crushes a man’s heart and then laughs?

WOMAN: Let’s find out!

1959 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Allen Freeman & John Lustig

7.2.3.6

Researching “Romance”

Chasal  (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani) from the story "My Silent Love" in FIRST KISS #21, 1961.

Art by Chasal (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani) from the story “My Silent Love” in FIRST KISS #21, 1961. Click image to enlarge.

Transcript:

WOMAN AUTHOR: I’m researching some sex scenes!

MAN: Romance writers…gotta love ‘em!

SIGN (in store window): Embrace your passion! Read in bed!

Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

21.3.1.1

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WOMAN AUTHOR: I’m researching some sex scenes!

MAN: Romance writers…gotta love ‘em!

SIGN (in store window): Embrace your passion! Read in bed!

Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color: Allen Freeman

21.3.1.1

Who Am I Now?

I wasn’t consciously thinking of Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Who Am I This Time?” when I wrote this comic. But afterwards,  I realized I was doubtlessly inspired by the 1982-televised play starring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken.

I remember being touched (Yes, I’m a softie!) by this story about a hardware clerk (Walken) who’s a powerhouse lover when he’s onstage with his leading lady (Sarandon), but is so shy that he can barely talk to her offstage. It says a lot about the power of theater (and the Arts) to help us be whom we want to be. And it’s romantic as a $5-Valentine—but funnier and less corny.

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story "Party Girl" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Party Girl” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

  

Transcript:
SCENE: Woman changing her clothes.

WOMAN: Who’ll I be this time? Good girl? Or Wild Woman? You decide!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Figure Color: Allen Freeman

4.1.4.1

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SCENE: Woman changing her clothes.

WOMAN: Who’ll I be this time? Good girl? Or Wild Woman? You decide!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Figure Color: Allen Freeman

4.1.4.1

Time Travel Works

Foreground art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story "Lee Dalton’s Guidebook: Movie Date’" in FIRST KISS #2, 1958.

Foreground art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “Lee Dalton’s Guidebook: Movie Date’” in FIRST KISS #2, 1958.

  

Transcript:

WOMAN (holding sheets of paper): This just in! Time travel works…in the future!

Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman

2.5.1.1

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WOMAN (holding sheets of paper): This just in! Time travel works…in the future!

Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman

2.5.1.1

Men’s Hopes

Pencils by Dick Giordano with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta. From the story "Letter from Long Ago" in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.

Pencils by Dick Giordano with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta. From the story “Letter from Long Ago” in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.

 
Transcript:

WOMAN: I always give men a choice! Me…or happiness?

1958 Inks: Dick Giordano Color: Allen Freeman

6.1.5.4

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WOMAN: I always give men a choice! Me…or happiness?

1958 Inks: Dick Giordano Color: Allen Freeman

6.1.5.4