Barf Bag Valentine, Part 1

Click image to enlarge. Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story "Love Among the Stars" in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

Click image to enlarge. Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “Love Among the Stars” in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

This story first appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1371, the 2000 Valentine’s Day edition. And, quite frankly, it revolutionized Last Kiss. Without it, I doubt there’d still be a Last Kiss today.

Last Kiss debuted in 1996 in the pages of Comics Buyer’s Guide. It ran haphazardly as an occasional feature using romance comic book covers that I rewrote—allegedly to make them funnier than the originals.

These faux covers ran through 1998. Then I got busy and moved on to other things—forever, I thought.

But in the summer of 1999, I ran into CBG editor John Jackson Miller and—to my surprise—found myself asking if he’d like a Last Kiss feature for the paper’s next Valentine’s Day issue. John said, “Yes.” So I whipped up this story. And Last Kiss was back in business.

The story along with the cover I created were so well-received that Last Kiss was offered a spot as a regular multi-panel feature…which I continued doing until CBG folded in 2013. But by then, Last Kiss had found a new and much bigger audience here and on other sites such as GoComics.

 

 

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PAGE 1, PANEL 1, SCENE: A male pilot and a female flight attendant are talking outside a commercial jet.

TITLE: I WAS a Barf Bag Valentine

CAPTAIN JACK: Give up, Jill! It's Valentine's Day! And I'm so handsome I even turn myself on! Do yourself a favor...and kiss me!

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Jack, how sweet! I don't know what to say except...

PAGE 1, PANEL 2, SCENE: Jill and Jack continue talking.

JILL: I'd rather run naked...covered in honey...through a swarm of bees.

JACK: Gosh! Who wouldn't? Maybe we can go together sometime!

PAGE 1, PANEL 3, SCENE: Jill is alone.

CAPTION: "Then he handed me a Valentine...the big lug! I trembled as I read the card, but I refused to fall in love again! I couldn't take the chance!"

JILL: Men are all alike! Sooner or later...Jack would want more than just wild passion and cheap thrills! He'd expect me to...cook for him!

1960 ART: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color by John Lustig

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I’m Not That Kind of Girl

Art by Vince Colletta from the story "Lucky Liz" in FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Lucky Liz” in FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

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SCENE: Woman and man sitting next to each other on a plane.

WOMAN: I’m not that kind of girl! Unless...you’re that kind of boy!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Color: Allen Freeman

9.4.4.3

Mile-High Misery

Art by Vince Colletta from the story "Lucky Liz" in FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Lucky Liz” in FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

Shirley wanted to join the Mile-High Club. But she had to settle for the Mile-Cry Club!

Meanwhile, back in the present…
See the revamped version of this art and with new, funny dialogue in today’s Last Kiss Comic.

Shortly After Joining the Mile-High Club

Meanwhile, back in 1959…
See the original 1959 art and dialogue for today’s Last Kiss webcomic here.

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SCENE: Woman crying as she sits in a plane.

WOMAN (thinking): I knew he’d leave me! But I thought he’d wait...for a parachute!

Art: Vince Colletta Color: Allen Freeman

©2014 Last Kiss Inc

9.4.3.4

Home-Town Honey

Art by Vince Colletta from the story "Lucky Liz" from FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Lucky Liz” from FIRST KISS #9, 1959.

In my home town calling someone “Honey” means…

—-You remind me of my grand daughter. The one who actually gives a damn and doesn’t have any slutty tattoos…that I know about.

—-You’re sweet. I like you. Very, very much. Can I borrow $20?

—-Hey, maybe we should go out sometime.

—-There’s a new motel on First Ave. with hourly rates. Wanna check it out?

Meanwhile, back in the present…
See the revamped version of this art and with new, funny dialogue in today’s Last Kiss Comic.