Stan Lee Celebration

The list of people who’ve influenced my work is long. But somewhere near the top, you’d find Stan Lee.

It’s been said that Stan Lee’s greatest creation wasn’t Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk or any of the other Marvel characters. It was Stan Lee himself.

The things he said and wrote about the Marvel Universe (and himself) were as entertaining as any of his characters. His hype was so over the top, irreverent and good-natured that you knew he wasn’t taking himself seriously.

As a kid, I was firmly hooked on the heroics and drama of the Marvel Characters. But it was Stan’s sense of humor that—without me even realizing it—probably influenced me the most.

Apparently, with great power comes great humor…if you’re Stan Lee.

(To read about how I met Stan, check out my blogpost here. And for further giggles you can read another Last Kiss comic featuring Stan here.)

Original art from First Kiss #40 (1965) minus the Stan Lee head by John Romita, Sr. This gag first appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide—where Last Kiss appears every month.

 

Transcript:

 

SCENE: Stan Lee and a young female companion enter a room where people are celebrating Stan’s birthday.
STAN’S FEMALE COMPANION: It’s like this everywhere!zzit’s as if someone declared today National Stan Lee Day!

STAN: I asked for “International,” but…maybe next year!

This comic originally ran on Dec. 28, 2012 to commemorate Stan Lee’s 90th birthday. Rest in piece and Face Front, True Believer!

Stan by John Romita, Sr. © Marvel Characters Inc Rest by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: 40.1.8.1.DJP.lk28

 

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This comic originally ran on Dec. 28, 2012 to commemorate Stan Lee’s 90th birthday. Rest in piece and Face Front, True Believer!

SCENE: Stan Lee and a young female companion enter a room where people are celebrating Stan's birthday.
STAN'S FEMALE COMPANION: It’s like this everywhere!zzit’s as if someone declared today National Stan Lee Day!

STAN: I asked for “International,” but…maybe next year!

This comic originally ran on Dec. 28, 2012 to commemorate Stan Lee’s 90th birthday. Rest in piece and Face Front, True Believer!

Stan by John Romita, Sr. © Marvel Characters Inc Rest by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: 40.1.8.1.DJP.lk28


Fired Up Humor

1965 art by Jack Keller from the story “Highway Halfwits” in Teenage Hotroddeers #15, November 1965.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A police officer and someone else (probably also a police officer) firing their handguns at someone or something off-panel.

COP #1: Darn it! that last Kiss comic was funny! So laugh!

COP #2: I hate firing readers!

1965 Art: Jack Keller       Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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1965 art by Jack Keller from the story “Highway Halfwits” in Teenage Hotroddeers #15, November 1965.

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SCENE: A police officer and someone else (probably also a police officer) firing their handguns at someone or something off-panel.

COP #1: Darn it! that last Kiss comic was funny! So laugh!

COP #2: I hate firing readers!

1965 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

DJP.lk448

1965 art by Jack Keller from the story "Highway Halfwits" in Teenage Hotroddeers #15, November 1965.

Worship Me

Art by L.B. Cole from the cover of Terrors of the Jungle #9, June 1954.

 

Transcription:

WOMAN IN TIGER-STRIPED JUNGLE GODDESS COSTUME: Beware, puny men! Today I’m a jungle goddess! But tonight…a sex goddess!

1954 Art: L.B. Cole          Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art by L.B. Cole from the cover of Terrors of the Jungle #9, June 1954.

Art Code: DJP.lk323

John Lustig’s Last Kiss
©2018 Last Kiss Inc

 

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Transcription:

WOMAN IN TIGER-STRIPED JUNGLE GODDESS COSTUME: Beware, puny men! Today I'm a jungle goddess! But tonight...a sex goddess!

1954 Art: L.B. Cole Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk323

John Lustig’s Last Kiss
©2018 Last Kiss Inc

The Meaning of Life

Art & possibly script by Jack Keller from the story “World Champion” in TEENAGE HOTRODDERS #7, 1964. (Art scanned from black & white production stat. The comic itself was published in color.)

 

Transcript:

MAN #1: Sex jokes…again? When’s Last Kiss gonna deal with serious stuff like…the meaning of life?

MAN #2: According to Lustig, sex jokes are the meaning of life!

1964 Art: Jack Keller         Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code:  DJP.lk427

 

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MAN #1: Sex jokes...again? When’s Last Kiss gonna deal with serious stuff like…the meaning of life?

MAN #2: According to Lustig, sex jokes are the meaning of life!

1964 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art & possibly script by Jack Keller from the story "World Champion" in TEENAGE HOTRODDERS #7, 1964.

Beautiful Last Kiss Women

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “A Moment to Remember” in FIRST KISS #24, 1961.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Two women with one of women’s faces covered by a word balloon.

WOMAN WITH FACE COVERED: the women in Last Kiss are so beautiful! Where does Lustig hide the uglies?

OTHER WOMAN: Well…

Art by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Allen Freeman

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SCENE: Two women with one of women's faces covered by a word balloon.

WOMAN WITH FACE COVERED: the women in Last Kiss are so beautiful! Where does Lustig hide the uglies?

OTHER WOMAN: Well...

Art by Vince Colletta Studio Color by Allen Freeman

21.1.4.4