Thankful for a Friend

(Left to right) Jack Enyart , John Lustig, Shelagh Lustig, Kay Enyart during a meal in L.A. last year.

I recently learned that my pal and sometimes co-conspirator in silliness Jack Enyart died. He passed away from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 13.

A writer, artist and occasional actor-performer, Jack had a long career in comics (Disney, Warner-DC, Marvel); cartooning (Penthouse, Playgirl among others) and animation (DuckTales, Fraggle Rock and many others.)

I’d known Jack for a dozen or more years and for the last several I’d gotten to know him better because we had been working—on and off—on a pet project that we were hoping to turn into an animated series, It’s Always Bucky. As an offshoot of that project, red-headed Bucky had numerous appearances in Last Kiss comics.

Jack and I came close to getting an animated deal a couple of times, but after awhile the project became secondary to me. What was more important was the pleasure of working with Jack and getting to know him better.

Jack was—for lack of a better term—a character. Charming, quick-witted, always upbeat and very funny. I will miss him and his stories!

If you’re interested in knowing more, there’s a nice remembrance of Jack on Mark Evanier’s site. Plus here a link to a great video interview with Jack.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Bucky smiles. In the background we see his dog—and a lot of broccoli.

BUCKY: I’m thankful for the people who love me…Mom, dad and my dog! I know my dog loves me…’cause he always eats my broccoli!

1942 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
In Loving Memory of Jack Enyart,
Bucky’s Alter Ego & Co-creator
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SCENE: Bucky smiles. In the background we see his dog---and a lot of broccoli.

BUCKY: I’m thankful for the people who love me...Mom, dad and my dog! I know my dog loves me...’cause he always eats my broccoli!

1942 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
In Loving Memory of Jack Enyart,
Bucky’s Alter Ego & Co-creator
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Santa Smooching

A Last Kiss on a Tuesday?
Yup. I’m celebrating the holidays by running new comics every day through Christmas. I hope you enjoy the extra kisses!

My thanks to Mirthful Mike Pascale for today’s gag and revamping Diego’s art to give it a Christmas theme!

Art by Lou Fine from SMASH #26, 1941.

 

Transcript:

BUCKY: I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus! And the milkman…the mailman…the maid…

It’s Always Bucky™

1941 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Holiday Hilarity & Milk Deliveries: Mike Pascale

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Art by Lou Fine from SMASH #26, 1941.

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BUCKY: I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus! And the milkman...the mailman...the maid…

It’s Always Bucky™

1941 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Holiday Hilarity & Milk Deliveries: Mike Pascale

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Art by Lou Fine from SMASH #26, 1941.

Put on Your Boots! It’s Father’s Day!

Unlike poor Bucky’s dad, I expect to have a great Father’s Day. For the first time in many years, my daughter Caitie and I won’t be in different states on Father’s Day and can spend the day together. Hoo haw!

Art by Reed Crandall in SMASH #25, 1941.

Transcript:

SCENE: Bucky holding a toilet plunger and pointing back to a wave of water on the hardwood floor that he’s standing on.

BUCKY: Hey, Dad! I fixed the toilet!

1941 Artist: Reed Crandall Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

It’s Always Bucky™

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SCENE: Bucky holding a toilet plunger and pointing back to a wave of water on the hardwood floor that he's standing on.

BUCKY: Hey, Dad! I fixed the toilet!

1941 Artist: Reed Crandall Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

It’s Always Bucky™

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Fancy Flag Day

Unlike most Last Kiss comics, this one isn’t based on vintage comic art. Instead, Diego Jourdan Pereira drew this from scratch and features Bucky—a character inspired by mid-20th Century TV shows such as LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.

Bucky—created by Jack Enyart and me for an animation project—has appeared many times before here. And he’ll be showing up again later this week in a special Father’s Day comic.  (Hopefully, Bucky’s dad will survive his Father’s Day surprise.)—John

Transcript:

SCENE: Bucky in his scout outfit stands, salutes and flies an American Flag.

CAPTION: Happy Flag Day!

BUCKY: This flag’s even nicer than the one I made…out of
my sister’s underwear!

It’s Always Bucky™

Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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SCENE: Bucky in his scout outfit stands, salutes and flies an American Flag.

CAPTION: Happy Flag Day!

BUCKY: This flag’s even nicer than the one I made...out of
my sister’s underwear!

It’s Always Bucky™

Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Failing Sex Ed

It’s been awhile since I posted any comics inspired by IT’S ALWAYS BUCKY—the proposed animated series that Jack Enyart and I are working on. Rather than Bucky himself, today’s comic features Paley…Bucky’s best buddy. Paley’s the weird-kid-down-the-street (every neighborhood has one) who’s looking for trouble—and usually finds it!

Art by Lou Fine from SMASH #23, 1941. Click image to enlarge.

Transcript:

PALEY: it’s not my fault I didn’t pass sex ed! my teacher didn’t accept my alternative facts!

It’s Always Bucky™

1941 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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PALEY: it’s not my fault I didn’t pass sex ed! my teacher didn’t accept my alternative facts!

It’s Always Bucky™

1941 Art: Lou Fine Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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