Sweet Dreams

Art by Matt Baker from the cover of TEEN-AGE ROMANCES #14, 1951.

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SCENE: Man lying on his back in the grass with his eyes closed. Woman next to him is looking at him.

WOMAN (thinking): I wonder what he’s dreaming about…besides me naked!

1951 Artist: Matt Baker Re-Creation: Kirsten Wilson

Art by Matt Baker from the cover of TEEN-AGE ROMANCES #14, 1951.

Halloween with Heart

Happy Halloween from me & my frequent collaborator Mike Pascale. May all your tricks be treats! —John

Art Notes: Few pieces of Last Kiss art have gone through as many changes as today’s comic. Here’s the original 1963 FIRST KISS art:

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #33, 1963.

And here’s the art after I asked Allen Freemen to extend the drawing (of the woman on the left) back in 2009. (To simplify the art and focus on the coffee drinker, I also asked Allen to omit the woman on the right:)

Years later, I needed a higher-res version of the image for a zombie coffee gag for a Finnish licensee who put it on a travel mug. So Diego Jourdan Pereira re-drew Allen’s art for me and then Mike Pascale added the zombie touches:

And then this year—when Mike and I were scrambling for Halloween gags—I suggested he modify his coffee zombie (removing the coffee and adding some blood around the mouth.) See? Simple! (When!)

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SCENE: Zombie woman thinking.

ZOMBIE WOMAN: When we broke up, he told me to...eat my heart out! But his was so much tastier!

1963 Artist: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Master of Macabre Modifications: Mike Pascale



Art by Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #33, 1963.

Flying Fright Class? Have a Bloody Mary!

A big thanks and a (virgin) Bloody Mary to my buddy Mike Pascale for the sharp-toothed art modifications and basic idea for this gag.

On Sunday night, I’ll be posting another Halloween collaboration I did with Mike. So stay tuned, kids—same vampire bat time, same vampire bat channel!


Artist unknown. From FIRST LOVE ILLUSTRATED #52, 1955.


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SCENE: A flight attendant/stewardess is holding a tray of food and looks nervous as a vampire guy behind her looks like he's about to bite her.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: So, uh...coffee, teA, or <gulp!> me?

1955 Artist unknown Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Director of Vampire Dental Care: Mike Pascale

First Love Illustrated 52.0

Artist unknown. From FIRST LOVE ILLUSTRATED #52, 1955.

Halloween Advice from Your Cat

No vintage art this time. The cat drawing is something Diego whipped up on his own!

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Scene: Black-ish cat speaking.

CAT: Trust me! Kids love tuna-flavored Halloween candy!
1954 Artist Unknown Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira


Dirt-Cheap Customers

Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” in NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.

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SCENE: Two people (shown as silhouettes) are sitting in a car in a cemetery. In the foreground, a man is carrying a shovel to dig a grave.

SIGN ON CAR: Dirt Cheap Mortuary

PERSON IN CAR: The boss said to “dig up” some customers! So…

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira


Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story "Kiss and Run" in NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.