Original Vintage Art & Text
WOMAN (thinking): <Gulp!> That can’t be my date! He’s older than my grandpa! His online dating photo...which century was it from?
1957 Art: Steve Ditko New Dialogue: John Lustig
SCENE: Cowboy with a cowgirl with her head in his lap. Their keeping warm next to a campfire.
COWGIRL: See? Isn’t this better than riding off into the sunset?
Pencils: King Ward? Restoration & Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Dialogue: John Lustig
My thanks to Magnar Nordal for this swell gag. It seemed like a fitting way to launch into the holy holiday season. A commercial pilot and flight instructor, Magnar is making the friendly skies safer and—I presume—funnier.
SCENE: Young woman talking to an older man who is sipping coffee or tea. She has a coffee or teacup in her hand as well.
WOMAN: God tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. And right now I’m loving myself s-o-o-o much! I’m practically a saint!
1949 Art: Al Davoren Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Dialogue by Magnar Nordal & John Lustig
Cultivating a sense of being grateful is something I’ve been working on for awhile now. Besides being the right thing to do, it’s also good for you. Chances are, you’ll feel better—and I don’t mean just emotionally and spiritually—although likely that too—but also physically. (Supposedly, optimists live longer.)
I’m not brushing aside all the negative things. There’s lots of them.
But perhaps because of all those negatives, I’m more grateful than usual this year for so many things. Family, good friends and…heck, just for being alive and reasonably healthy, And, of course, I’m extremely grateful for all you readers. Thank you for appreciating my weird sense of humor and participating for so many years.
A young girl and boy are sitting at the meal table. Both are in shock as their mother dishes them globs of cooked spinach.
MOTHER: We couldn’t afford a turkey. So just eat your spinach…and be Thankful! That’s what Popeye would do! He’d give thanks for spinach!
GIRL: We’d rather be like Wimpy!
BOY: Yeah! Then we could be thankful for burgers!
Art from J.R. Williams vintage, early 20th Century newspaper comic: Out Our Way
New Dialogue: John Lustig
SCENE: A man and woman embracing in a kitchen.
WOMAN: Let’s give thanks now…before your family shows up!
1960 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman
Dialogue by John Lustig