Spider Killer

Spider Killer

This is one of those rare gags that came out of a real conversation I had with a friend. This one’s for you, Erica!

As for the art:
Although the spider web in the background is new, Allen Freeman created this image for me years ago—redrawing and redesigning the art from a 1952 panel (see below) by Nick Carey.
 Why the redesign? Darned if I remember. But I think it turned out swell!

Original art by the great Nick Cardy from the story “Good-Time Girl!” in MY REAL LOVE #5, 1952.

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CRYING WOMAN (with large spider web behind her): What good is a boyfriend…if he won’t kill spiders for me? Eeek! too many legs! I’m outnumbered!

1952 Art: Nick Cardy Re-Creation: Allen Freeman

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Artist unknown. From the story "The Loves For Felicie" in FOR A NIGHT OF LOVE (#1), 1952.

The Naked (Ugh) Truth?

The Naked (Ugh) Truth?

I often try to come up with gags featuring people behaving in totally ridiculous ways. In theory, my characters are doing and saying things too absurd for real life.
Sigh. It’s getting harder every day.

Art by Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia from the story “Ordeal by Fire” from FRANK MERRIWELL AT YALE #1, 1955.

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GUY WITH CIGAR: Sexual harassment? Total fake! I send women photos all the time! And I never receive nude pixs back from them!

1955 Art: Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia from the story "Ordeal by Fire" from FRANK MERRIWELL AT YALE #1, 1955.

Double-Minded Sex

Double-Minded Sex

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “He’s Not Good Enough” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

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MAN (to woman): I can’t sleep with both of you? Are you sure? It doesn’t have to be at the same time!

1958 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story "He’s Not Good Enough" in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

You Deserve the Best, But…

You Deserve the Best, But…

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “One Too Many Heartbreaks” in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

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MAN (to woman): You deserve a great guy! In the meantime...date me!

1964 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story "One Too Many Heartbreaks" in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

Thanksgiving? You Bet!

Thanksgiving? You Bet!

Many thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for today’s Thanksgiving special effects. See below to see how it looked before Mike worked his magic. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Perplexed” in First Kiss #38, 1964.

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PILGRIM: So, what are you thankful for?

NATIVE AMERICAN/INDIAN WOMAN: Casinos!

Pilgrim-ification: Mike Pascale Extra Stuffing: John Lustig
1964 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Skintones: Allen Freeman
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Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Perplexed” in First Kiss #38, 1964.