Bargain Lust

Pencils by Charles Nicholas from the story “The Necklace” in First Kiss #12, Jan. 1960.

 

 

Transcript:

SMILING WOMAN WEARING A PEARL NECKLACE: Black Friday was so much fun! I got 30 percent off a new necklace! 40 percent off a new bra! And two
new boyfriends for the price of one!

1960 Pencils: Charles Nicholas Color: Allen Freeman

Pencils by Charles Nicholas from the story “The Necklace” in First Kiss #12, Jan. 1960.
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SMILING WOMAN WEARING A PEARL NECKLACE: Black Friday was so much fun! I got 30 percent off a new necklace! 40 percent off a new bra! And two
new boyfriends for the price of one!

1960 Pencils: Charles Nicholas Color: Allen Freeman

Pencils by Charles Nicholas from the story "The Necklace" in First Kiss #12, Jan. 1960.
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Thanksgiving? Already?!!

One of the things that comes up in meditation (which I’m going to keep doing so I get exceedingly healthy and happy—even if it kills me) is the importance of feeling grateful. And what better time than Thanksgiving to mention some of the people I’m thankful for.

(Warning: If you’re looking for my usual sarcasm, this probably isn’t the post for you.)

Foremost, of course, I’m grateful for my wonderful wife Shelagh Lustig (if you’re going to have a wife, I strongly recommend having a wonderful one) and our amazing wonderkid Caitie Lustig. I’m not going to list my entire family, but I want to mention my sister Lisa Hernandez who has been there for me too many times and too many ways to mention.

I’m also grateful to my friends. But I’m doubly grateful that among those friends are some talented creators who continue to contribute to Last Kiss: Diego Jourdan Pereira, Mike Pascale, Allen Freeman, Kirsten Wilson and the newest member of the group Tony Isabella.

And I’m especially grateful for you readers. (Some of whom comment on GoComics and Facebook and others like “Fine Jams and Jellies since 1982” and Dave Dell, Rex, PKM and others who comment here—sometimes in ways that are funnier than my comics!)

I’m well aware that most people in the creative community say they’re grateful for their fans. But here’s the truth. Very few of us do this primarily for money. (Which is good because there often isn’t much–particularly in comics.) We do it because we love it and support from readers like you helps us keep going.

So Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving!

Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “Good Ole Joe” in FIRST KISS #1, 1957.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Pilgrim man talking to a Native American woman.

PILGRIM: Thanksgiving? already?!! But I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet!

NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN (thinks): Wotta Turkey!

1957 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani
Artful Alterations & Highbrow Hats: Mike Pascale
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SCENE: Pilgrim man talking to a Native American woman.

PILGRIM: Thanksgiving? already?!! But I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet!

NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN (thinks): Wotta Turkey!

1957 Art: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani
Artful Alterations & Highbrow Hats: Mike Pascale
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Thankful for a Friend

(Left to right) Jack Enyart , John Lustig, Shelagh Lustig, Kay Enyart during a meal in L.A. last year.

I recently learned that my pal and sometimes co-conspirator in silliness Jack Enyart died. He passed away from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 13.

A writer, artist and occasional actor-performer, Jack had a long career in comics (Disney, Warner-DC, Marvel); cartooning (Penthouse, Playgirl among others) and animation (DuckTales, Fraggle Rock and many others.)

I’d known Jack for a dozen or more years and for the last several I’d gotten to know him better because we had been working—on and off—on a pet project that we were hoping to turn into an animated series, It’s Always Bucky. As an offshoot of that project, red-headed Bucky had numerous appearances in Last Kiss comics.

Jack and I came close to getting an animated deal a couple of times, but after awhile the project became secondary to me. What was more important was the pleasure of working with Jack and getting to know him better.

Jack was—for lack of a better term—a character. Charming, quick-witted, always upbeat and very funny. I will miss him and his stories!

If you’re interested in knowing more, there’s a nice remembrance of Jack on Mark Evanier’s site. Plus here a link to a great video interview with Jack.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Bucky smiles. In the background we see his dog—and a lot of broccoli.

BUCKY: I’m thankful for the people who love me…Mom, dad and my dog! I know my dog loves me…’cause he always eats my broccoli!

1942 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
In Loving Memory of Jack Enyart,
Bucky’s Alter Ego & Co-creator
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SCENE: Bucky smiles. In the background we see his dog---and a lot of broccoli.

BUCKY: I’m thankful for the people who love me...Mom, dad and my dog! I know my dog loves me...’cause he always eats my broccoli!

1942 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
In Loving Memory of Jack Enyart,
Bucky’s Alter Ego & Co-creator
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Today's Last Kiss comic

Dumped without a Slump

Today's Last Kiss comic

Suggestive? You bet?
Art by “Chasal” (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani) from “My Silent Love” in First Kiss #21, July 1961.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Man talking to smiling woman.

MAN: Darn it! I’m dumping you! Try not to look so happy!

1961 Art: “Chasal” (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani)
Foreground Color: Allen Freeman

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Art by “Chasal” (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani) from “My Silent Love” in First Kiss #21, July 1961.

 

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SCENE: Man talking to smiling woman.

MAN: Darn it! I’m dumping you! Try not to look so happy!

1961 Art: “Chasal” (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani)
Foreground Color: Allen Freeman

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Art by "Chasal" (Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani) from "My Silent Love" in First Kiss #21, July 1961.

Today's Last Kiss comic

Randy Sales

Today's Last Kiss comic

More Last Kiss fun from Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella!

Vintage art & text.

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

 

Transcript:

CAPTION: It’s only Jasper’s first day at Randy’s Home Fashions, but he’s already had his face slapped 13 times…

SOUND EFFECT: Whack!

MAN: Allow me to ASSURE you, dear lady…the carpet does, indeed, match the DRAPES!

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe
Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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

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CAPTION: It's only Jasper's first day at Randy's Home Fashions, but he's already had his face slapped 13 times...

SOUND EFFECT: Whack!

MAN: Allow me to ASSURE you, dear lady...the carpet does, indeed, match the DRAPES!

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe
Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Guest Writer: Tony Isabella

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