Veterans Day: Up in Smoke

Original Vintage Art & Text

Today’s art comes from Pin-Up Pete, a one-shot comic that collected many of the Pin-Up Pete pages that appeared in various early 1950s comics published by Toby. The feature was nominally about a soldier with the moniker “Pin-Up Pete” who told tales about his encounters with various vivacious fems. But, as you no-doubt guessed, it was mainly an excuse to post some pin-up drawings.

Because it may be hard to decipher the text in the original art, I’ve re-typed it below:

When the Earth is harder than a pawnbroker’s heart…when the icicles hang from a man’s nostrils like lace from a Spanish shawl…when the words freeze in a Marine’s throat before the first syllable is formed…

What’s to do about it?

Pin-up Pete has the answer. “Gather around yer Uncle Pete,” he calls out to his half frozen buddies, “an warm the cockles o’ yer hearts wit’ the hamburger-hot details o’ me adventures wit’ the opposite sex—-dames to you—-which make their livin’ doin’ men’s jobs in the daytime…but who, at night, is one hunnert percent female!!

Art by Jack Sparling from Pin-Up Pete, 1952. Published by Toby. Click link to read the entire vintage comic book for free.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

Three male soldiers in combat gear. Two of them are smoking. One of the soldiers blows out a puff of smoke that is in the form of a shapely woman.

CAPTION: Sometimes even a wisp of smoke can stir the imagination and lift weary hearts!

SOLDIER #1: Wow! so many curves! reminds me of my girlfriend!

SOLDIER #2: Keep your pants on, Junior! That’s my mom!

Happy Veterans Day
1952 Artist: Jack Sparling New Dialogue: John Lustig

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↓ Transcript
Three male soldiers in combat gear. Two of them are smoking. One of the soldiers blows out a puff of smoke that is in the form of a shapely woman.

CAPTION: Sometimes even a wisp of smoke can stir the imagination and lift weary hearts!

SOLDIER #1: Wow! so many curves! reminds me of my girlfriend!

SOLDIER #2: Keep your pants on, Junior! That’s my mom!

Happy Veterans Day
1952 Artist: Jack Sparling New Dialogue: John Lustig

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