Abe Lincoln’s Last Kiss

Happy Presidents’ Day from me and mischievous Mike Pascale. (View the original 1958 art below to see how thoroughly Mike modified it for today’s comic.)

By the way, Abe Lincoln is my favorite president. Tragic and witty, he’s also easily our most quotable commander-in chief:

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “The Sea Green Eyes!” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Woman talking to President Abe Lincoln / Abraham Lincoln.

WOMAN: Abe Lincoln in a Last Kiss comic? Why?!! Don’t you have better things to do?

Lincoln: I had some free time between Presidents’ Day sales!


1958 Art: John Tartaglione Fabulous Facelift: Mike Pascale

Art by John Tartaglione from the story "The Sea Green Eyes!" in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.


  1. Green Eyed. Now that’s a phrase you don’t hear much nowadays. Is she jealous or envious?

    If you don’t already read him, Carroll’s “Two Party Opera” on GO Comics often features President Lincoln.

    • The expression is “green with envy”, but in “Othello”, Shakespeare calls jealousy the “green-eyed monster”. I think the words were closer in meaning then than they are today.

    • I haven’t read Two Party Opera. I’ll check it out. Thanks, Dave.

  2. Is she jealous or envious? Aren’t they the same thing?

    • They are synonyms, but jealous seems to have the more specific connotation of being about romantic relationships. You might be envious if your neighbor buys an expensive new car that you can’t afford, but if he starts going out with the woman you want to be with, you would probably say that you are jealous, instead of envious.

      (Actually, few people ever admit to being jealous.)

      • I agree, Hank. I envy your ability to define these words. But if my wife starts quoting you, I’d slip over into being jealous. 🙂

  3. An online Psychology Today article says something similar:

    “Envy occurs when we lack a desired attribute enjoyed by another.

    Jealousy occurs when something we already possess (usually a special relationship) is threatened by a third person

    And so envy is a two-person situation whereas jealousy is a three-person situation. Envy is a reaction to lacking something. Jealousy is a reaction to the threat of losing something (usually someone).”

  4. I’ve always thought of jealousy as more akin to hate. Probably because I read a lot of Heinlein.


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