I’ve used this art (with different gags) many times over the years. I have no idea why so many (mostly male) readers love it so much.
By the way, there’s no original art to compare it to because Allen Freeman drew it from scratch. Of course being a world-famous photographer of beautiful women, I guess he had lots of reference material.
SEXY WOMAN IN A SANTA COSTUME: Sorry, Santa! But I get better gifts for being naughty!
Art: Allen Freeman
I can’t remember which one of us wrote the gag, but the elfish revamp (piercings and more!) of the original romance art was all done by my pal Mike Pascale. Thanks, Mike.
Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “His Future Bride” in BRIDES IN LOVE #10, 1958.
SEXY FEMALE CHRISTMAS ELF WITH PIERCINGS: At last! Santa’s transferring me to the ADULT toy department!
1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereirara
Elfin Makeover and Piercing Pioneer: Mike Pascale
Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story "His Future Bride" in BRIDES IN LOVE #10, 1958.
Art by John Tartaglione from the story “My Confidence Man” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.
MAN (to woman): I know you don’t believe in cheap sex! But... what about reasonably priced sex?
1955 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Art by John Tartaglione from the story "My Confidence Man" in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.
Below is a scan—of a black & white photostat—of the original art.
Art by Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia from the story “The Hearty Welcomers” from FRANK MERRIWELL AT YALE #1, 1955.
Male college students in dark, peering forward.
MALE COLLEGE STUDENT: Darn! Cancel the panty raid! None of ‘em wear underwear!
1955: Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman
Art by Dick Giordano & Vince Alascia from the story "The Hearty Welcomers" from FRANK MERRIWELL AT YALE #1, 1955.
Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” in NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.
MAN (to woman): Geez! You’re just like my old girlfriend! She didn’t like me dating her mom either!
1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
New Romances 14.3.4
Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story "Kiss and Run" in NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.