Voices in My Head

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “My Confidence Man” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

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WOMAN TO MAN: I hear voices in my head! So...I’m either crazy…or a writer!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira


What Is This Strange Feeling?

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Surprise Party” in FIRST KISS #40, 1965.

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SCENE: Man and woman happily cheek to cheek.

MAN: Oh, my! What is this strange feeling?

WOMAN: Happiness!
Art by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Allen Freeman

Sleep? It’s a Sin-Onym

Art by Nina Albright from the story “My Hotel Romance” in CINDERELLA LOVE #1, 1950.

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CRYING MAID: So, You didn’t sleep with my boyfriend?
OTHER MAID: Sleep? Heck, no! We barely had time for sex!

1950 Pencils: Nina Albright Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

I Have a System…for Romance

I love Ernst Lubitsch films!

But the otherwise terrific Jack Buchanan (THE BAND WAGON, 1953) doesn’t work for me as the romantic lead in MONTE  CARLO (1930) and the film isn’t as deliciously funny as most of Lubitsch’s other films.

Still, even a lesser Lubitsch film has moments that sparkle and I really like the dialogue I “borrowed” for today’s comic.

However it was just a little too verbose to fit into a single panel cartoon. So, I made some small changes to make it fit. For the sake of accuracy, the original 1930 dialog is below:

MAN WITH CIGAR: I have a system that can’t miss. If I happen to be standing beside a brunette I bet on red. If I am standing next to a redhead I bet on black.

OTHER MAN: But suppose you’re standing next to a blonde? What do you do then?

MAN WITH CIGAR: I ask where she lives.

Below is the original art for today’s comic:

Art by Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia from the story “The Ringers” in FRANK MERRIWELL AT YALE #3, 1955.

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SCENE: Two men talking.

MAN WITH CIGAR: I have a system that can't miss. if I’m beside a brunette I bet on red. If I’m beside a redhead I bet on black.

OTHER MAN: But suppose you're beside a blonde? What do you do then?

MAN WITH CIGAR: I ask where she lives.*

1955 Art: Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
*Dialogue adapted from the 1930 movie MONTE CARLO

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I’m Shocked By Sex

Artist unknown. From the story “Infatuation” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

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SCENE: Woman reading a book or a comic book.

WOMAN: I’m shocked by the amount of sex in this comic! I was hoping for more!
1958 Artist Unknown Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira