Christmas Hope

Happy (and Healthy) Holidays!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Vince Coletta inks from the story “This Gamble Called Love” in BRIDES IN LOVE #9, 1958. Click the link to read the entire issue for free

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Santa Claus and a woman are talking in the foreground. In the background, we can see the silhouette of a reindeer flying through the sky.

SANTA: You’re asking for a Christmas miracle?

WOMAN: Yes! A big one! I want everyone to be happy and healthy in 2022!

Santa-fication and Character Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira Writer: John Lustig

Merry Christmas!

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SCENE: Santa Claus and a woman are talking in the foreground. In the background, we can see the silhouette of a reindeer flying through the sky.

SANTA: You’re asking for a Christmas miracle?

WOMAN: Yes! A big one! I want everyone to be happy and healthy in 2022!

Santa-fication and Character Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira Writer: John Lustig

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Exhausts Me

Christmas is almost here. I wonder if it’s too late to start shopping.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: An exhausted, small dog wearing a reindeer headband is sleeping—or at least has their eyes closed.

CAPTION #1: Christmas is coming! I’m so excited!

CAPTION #2: But first…a nap!

CAPTION #3: Dog tired? It happens to the best of us!

Photo: Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash Dialogue: John Lustig

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SCENE: An exhausted, small dog wearing a reindeer headband is sleeping---or at least has their eyes closed.

CAPTION #1: Christmas is coming! I’m so excited!

CAPTION #2: But first…a nap!

CAPTION #3: Dog tired? It happens to the best of us!

Photo: Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash Dialogue: John Lustig

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Mistletoe Bliss

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958. Click link to read the entire issue of the original comic–for free.

Note: The expression on the woman’s face in the original art didn’t match the gag. So I replaced her face with another image of her from elsewhere in the story. With Photoshop almost all things are possible!

 

 

 

Transcript:

WOMAN talking while she thinks about—seen in a thought balloon—herself kissing a man. In the background is a green mistletoe pattern.

WOMAN: I hung mistletoe in every room. So, Merry Christmas to me!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: John Lustig
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WOMAN talking while she thinks about---seen in a thought balloon---herself kissing a man. In the background is a green mistletoe pattern.

WOMAN: I hung mistletoe in every room. So, Merry Christmas to me!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: John Lustig
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Leap of Faith–Plus Tony Isabella’s 70th Birthday

Please join me in saying Happy Birthday to frequent Last Kiss contributor and living legend Tony Isabella. He turns 70 on Dec. 22!

Tony must’ve started writing comics when he was a mere embryo because 70 years doesn’t seem long enough for his impressive list of credits. He’s worked for every major comic book company and been an innovator in this business (whenever his publishers have been wise enough to let him.)

I’m a longtime fan of his work (and his sense of humor.) So I’m thrilled to have him help write Last Kiss.

Although today’s gag wasn’t written by Tony, I’ll be posting two of his Last Kiss comics next week. Thanks, Tony!

 

 

 

Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Cat looking up at a Christmas tree.

CAT: This year I’m reaching the top…in one leap! Christmas Star…you’re mine!

Photo: Laura Adai on Unsplash
Dialogue: John Lustig

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SCENE: Cat looking up at a Christmas tree.

CAT: This year I’m reaching the top...in one leap! Christmas Star…you’re mine!

Photo: Laura Adai on Unsplash
Dialogue: John Lustig

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Naughty and Nice

This week I’ll be posting Last Kiss comics every day through Christmas. I hope you enjoy the extra comics!

Santa appears here courtesy of part-time Christmas elf and full-time nice guy Mike Pascale.

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Dick Giordano from the story “Fooling with Love” in FIRST KISS #7, 1959. Read the entire issue for free by clicking the link.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Close up of a woman kissing Santa Claus on the cheek. She has one hand on his other cheek.

SANTA: Ready to get off my naughty list?

WOMAN: Nope!

1959 Art: Dick Giordano Santa-fication: Mike Pascale
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SCENE: Close up of a woman kissing Santa Claus on the cheek. She has one hand on his other cheek.

SANTA: Ready to get off my naughty list?

WOMAN: Nope!

1959 Art: Dick Giordano Santa-fication: Mike Pascale
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