Cheap Date

When it comes to proposals, he’s pennywise and pound (cake) foolish!

In regard to the original comic panel (below,), the guy’s missing mouth is odd, but that’s clearly a printing error. (The mouth is there in the black and white photostat of the art as it was originally drawn.)

But what flummoxes me is the half-empty caption box that’s floating in the art. I’ve never seen a caption box before with so much empty space., Obviously, more text was planned for that spot. Normally, text was lettered—or in Charlton’s case, typed with a giant typewriter—right on the original art. But it’s possible that extra text was planned for this caption, then pasted on and simply fell off before printing. Or maybe someone forgot to add it. This is the type of oddity that makes Charlton Comics so maddening—and fascinating.

Art possibly by the Vince Colletta Studio. From the story “The Right Love” in First Kiss #34, 1963.

Scan from black & white original art for First Kiss #34.

 

Transcription:

SCENE: Man sitting in a restaurant looks at a waitress walking by.

MAN (thinking): I’ll propose! I hope she says “yes!” Then I won’t have to tip her!

1963 Art: Possibly the Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan

Art Code: DJP.lk386

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SCENE: Man sitting in a restaurant looks at a waitress walking by.

MAN (thinking): I’ll propose! I hope she says “yes!” Then I won’t have to tip her!

1963 Art: Possibly the Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan

Art Code: DJP.lk386

Ready for Sex

Art attributed to Matt Baker from the story “Dungaree Doll” in First Love Illustrated #89, 1962.

 

Read the entire original story “Date with Scandal” for free here on ComicPlus.com.

 

Transcript: 

MAN: B-But you said we’re ready for sex!

WOMAN: Sure! But not with each other!

1962 Art Attributed to Matt Baker Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk482

↓ Transcript
MAN: B-But you said we’re ready for sex!

WOMAN: Sure! But not with each other!

1962 Art Attributed to Matt Baker Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk482

Thrown for a Curve

Art by Jack Sparling from the story “Bottled Heartache” in Great Lover Romances #11, 1953.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Beautiful woman in a cocktail dress (cocktail in hand) talks to a man next to a punch bowl.

WOMAN: I’ve been wanting to meet you, professor! I hear you grade on the curves!

1953 Art: Jack Sparling Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Image Code: DJP.lk191

 

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Beautiful woman in a cocktail dress (cocktail in hand) talks to a man next to a punch bowl.

WOMAN: I’ve been wanting to meet you, professor! I hear you grade on the curves!

1953 Art: Jack Sparling Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Image Code: DJP.lk191

Drunk on Love

 

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

 

Read the entire original story “Condemned” for free here on ComicBookPlus.com

Transcript:

SCENE: In background is a mom in bed. In the foreground is a female nurse holding a newborn baby. The nurse is wearing a surgical gown and surgical mask.

MOM: After that, I deserve a drink!

BABY (thinking): Me too!

1965 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman

Art Code: FK40.3.2.4

↓ Transcript
SCENE: In background is a mom in bed. In the foreground is a female nurse holding a newborn baby. The nurse is wearing a surgical gown and surgical mask.

MOM: After that, I deserve a drink!

BABY (thinking): Me too!

1965 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman

Art Code: FK40.3.2.4

Sleep Sex

Today’s musical comic theme: Dream a little dream for me!

—Sung by The Mamas & the Papas

Pencils by Mike Sekowsky from the story “Date with Scandal” Pencils in Intimate Love #28, Aug. 1954.

 

Read the entire original story “Date with Scandal” for free here on Comicbookplus.

Transcript:

SCENE: Man and woman in bed. He’s talking to her as she either sleeps or tries to!

MAN: Don’t think of it as sex! Think of it as a beautiful dream…that happens when you’re half asleep!

WOMAN: Dream on!

1954 Pencils: Mike Sekowsky Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk454

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Man and woman in bed. He's talking to her as she either sleeps or tries to!

MAN: Don’t think of it as sex! Think of it as a beautiful dream…that happens when you’re half asleep!

WOMAN: Dream on!

1954 Pencils: Mike Sekowsky Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk454