Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “Does He Love Me?” in FIRST KISS #21, 1961.
WOMAN WITH GIFTS THAT SHE'S JUST BOUGHT: Please, God! Can I stop shopping now?
1961 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Foreground Color: Allen Freeman
Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story "Does He Love Me?" in FIRST KISS #21, 1961.
Today’s episode is a big departure for Last Kiss. It features all new art and—(Holy Cow!)—an anthropomorphic, talking cat!
The reason? Well, I had this crazy idea for a Christmas cat comic and I really wanted to do it. So I asked the talented Kirsten Wilson to create the art..
I loved her first sample sketch. So I lettered it to show her how the word balloons were going to flow—thinking we were almost done.
Kirsten decided to do some additional poses. So she drew a bunch’a sketches (see below.) We settled on one and I suggested some minor tweaks. Kirsten quickly turned in her final version and “Santa Claws” was born. Or almost. First I decided to rewrite my gag to better fit the art.
That’s a lotta work for one cat comic. But we hope you enjoy it!
SCENE: On a roof, Santa Claws the cat is walking towards a chimney top---wearing a Santa cap that says "Santa Claws" and carrying a big sack that says "Rat Pack!"
SANTA CLAWS: Have a Cat Christmas! if you’ve been good….to me…I bring you a dead rat!*
*Just kidding! No rodents were harmed to make this comic!
Art: Kirsten Wilson
Art by Matt Baker from the cover of GIANT COMICS EDITION #15, 1950.
WOMAN: I believe in a jolly, old dat guy who gives gifts...if I’ve been nice! But I believe in Santa too!
1950 Art: Matt Baker Re-Creation: Kirsten Wilson
Giant Comics Edition #15
No matter the gift, it’s fun to unwrap!
World-famous cover model, Felina Vie appears here courtesy of her frequent photographer Allen Freeman.
Photo of Model Felina Vie holding a gift-wrapped package in a Christmas-decorated room.
FELINA: I hope this gift gives you great joy…when you return it for something you actually want!
Photo: ©2017 Allen Freeman
Text: ©2017 Last Kiss Inc
Model: Felina Vie Photo: Allen Freeman
Another Christmas gag (and modified art) courtesy of my friend Mike Pascale. Thanks, Mike!
Artist Unknown. From the story “Bachelor’s Farewell” in FIRST KISS #7, 1959.
CAUCASIAN WOMAN (talking to an African American Santa Claus): I’m not dreaming of a...white Christmas!
1959 Artist Unknown Coloring for Woman: Allen Freeman
Santa-fication & Holiday Hijinks: Mike Pascale
Artist Unknown. From the story "Bachelor's Farewell" in FIRST KISS #7, 1959.