Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “To Find My Love” in FIRST KISS #16, 1960.
SCENE: Guy smoking cigarette as a woman watches.
MAN: Sure, cigarettes will kill me! But at least I’m not smoking dope!
WOMAN: Better smoking dope than being one!
Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Dan McConnell
Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story "To Find My Love" in FIRST KISS #16, 1960.
Artist unknown. From the story “Thief of Hearts” in BROADWAY ROMANCES #1, 1950.
SCENE: Man kissing a woman as a book flies out of her hand.
MAN: Hah! Can a mere book top this?
WOMAN (thinking): Yes!
1950 Artist Unknown Re-Creation: Kirsten Wilson
Broadway Romances 1.28.2
Artist unknown. From the story "Thief of Hearts" in BROADWAY ROMANCES #1, 1950.
Many thanks (but none of my tax dollars) to Mike Pascale for the gag and the terrific Uncle Sam art.
Pencils by Dick Giordano (with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta) from the story “Letter from Long Ago” in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.
UNCLE SAM: What do you think about my new tax package?
WOMAN: I want less tax and more “package!”
1958 Pencils: Dick Giordano Inks: Giordano or Vince Colletta
Patriotic Imagery & Wicked Wit: Mike Pascale
Pencils by Dick Giordano (with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta) from the story "Letter from Long Ago" in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.
Many thanks to Mike Pascale for the art changes and for the multiple rewrites we went through for this comic. Sometimes our collaborations involve gags that are mostly Mike’s (with maybe a word or two changed by me.) Others are mostly mine—with a word or two of changes by Mike.
And then there are gags like this where Mike wrote the first word balloon. I wrote the second second and third. Mike suggested some great changes to shorten the dialogue in those second and third balloons. And then—inspired by his changes—I made some additional changes to make the dialogue even shorter.
What? You thought this comedy business was simple?
Art by John Tartaglione from the story “Elopement” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.
YOUNG WOMAN (DAUGHTER): Why is love so taxing?
MOM: Beats me! But the sex tax is absurd! Some nights I can barely afford to pay your dad!
1958 Art: John Tartaglione Foreground Color: Dan McConnell
Master Taxer & Facial Fixer: Mike Pascale
Art by John Tartaglione from the story "Elopement" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.
Happy (or at least safe) Friday the Thirteenth, everyone!
Sorry! There’s no vintage comic art this time. Diego Jourdan Pereira drew this cat for me independently of any comic reference material.
BLACK CAT: There’s no such thing as bad luck! Unless...holy rats! we’re not out of Tuna, are we? Then you’re screwed!
Cat Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira Background: John Lustig