Look at Mom

Curious about the story this art comes from? You can read the entire story and the rest of the vintage comic book here on the free comics site, ComicBookPlus.com.

Art by Bob Powell & Howard Nostrand from the story “The Girl in the Moonpool” in Chamber of Chills #11, Aug. 1952.

 

Transcript:

OLD WOMAN IN WOODS: They say, to know what a girl will look like when she’s old, meet her mom! Fortunately for you, my mom looks great!

1952 Art: Bob Powell & Howard Nostrand Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk508

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Transcript:

OLD WOMAN IN WOODS: They say, to know what a girl will look like when she’s old, meet her mom! Fortunately for you, my mom looks great!

1952 Art: Bob Powell & Howard Nostrand Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk508

People Who Aren’t as Smart as You

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “One Too Many Heartbreaks” in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

 

 

TRANSCRIPT:

CAPTION: Unlike you, most people are already having trouble keeping their New Year’s resolutions! Why? Well, frankly they’re not as smart as you! (And not as easily flattered either!) Take Bob for instance…please!

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hi, Bob! Why the long face?

WOMAN: Oh, he’s just grumpy because of his New Year’s resolution! He’s giving up comics…to make me happy! Not more than hot, wild love with me!

BOB: Actually, I’d settle for a mildly arousing handshake if I could just keep reading Last Kiss!

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “One Too Many Heartbreaks” in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

Art Codes: 39.1.4.4 & 39.1.4.5

 

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CAPTION: Unlike you, most people are already having trouble keeping their New Year’s resolutions! Why? Well, frankly they’re not as smart as you! (And not as easily flattered either!) Take Bob for instance…please!

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hi, Bob! Why the long face?

WOMAN: Oh, he’s just grumpy because of his New Year’s resolution! He’s giving up comics...to make me happy! Not more than hot, wild love with me!

BOB: Actually, I’d settle for a mildly arousing handshake if I could just keep reading Last Kiss!

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story "One Too Many Heartbreaks" in FIRST KISS #39, 1964.

Art Codes: 39.1.4.4 & 39.1.4.5




Last Kiss Party

This is the second half of our two-day celebration of the day (Jan. 19, 2009) Last Kiss launched on GoComics. (Read Part 1 here!)

To celebrate the event, the nice folks at GoComics interviewed me and created a special collection of some of my favorite Last Kisses.

Again, many thanks for all the congrats and kind thoughts I’ve received!

Art by Bill Ward from Torchy #4, May 1950, Quality Comics.

Transcript:

SCENE: Two women fixing their makeup and hair in preparation for going to a party.

WOMAN #1: I’m so excited! It’s the 10th anniversary of Last Kiss on GoComics!

WOMAN #2: I can’t wait to meet Last Kiss fans at the party! I hear they’re all rich, witty…and so sexy!

CAPTION: Love and Last Kisses to my amazing readers for 10 years of enthusiasm & sexy silliness! —John Lustig

1950 Art: Bill Ward Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk512

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SCENE: Two women fixing their makeup and hair in preparation for going to a party.

WOMAN #1: I’m so excited! It’s the 10th anniversary of Last Kiss on GoComics!

WOMAN #2: I can’t wait to meet Last Kiss fans at the party! I hear they’re all rich, witty...and so sexy!


CAPTION: Love and Last Kisses to my amazing readers for 10 years of enthusiasm & sexy silliness! ---John Lustig

1950 Art: Bill Ward Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk512

Last Kiss: Hidden History!

Hi. This is actually only Part 1 of a two-day celebration. (Part 2 is tomorrow!) 

Thank you all so much for reading and making these 10 years (on GoComics and off) such an incredible experience for me.

And double thanks to any of you who have been following me and Last Kiss even longer. (Sometimes much, much longer!)

If I was gonna do triple thanks—and apparently I am—I want to say how much I appreciate the comments made on this site by fans. In particular I want to thank “Jam” whose comments are so wildly imaginative and funny that I’m sure he’s developed fans of his own. Kudos as well for memorable and frequent posts from Dave Dell. And so many others.*

I hope to keep this going for many more years!

*Including commentators—just to sample from recent posts—such as: Rudolf vonLuchen, Peter Bromwich, inventor, Tony, Wes & Rex.

Although the art for today’s Last Kiss is taken from different stories by various artists, here’s the original art for part of it—created by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia for the story “Love Him…Love What He Does” in FIRST KISS #2, 1958.

Comic Lovers

Most of the Last Kisses from my early days at Comics Buyer’s Guide are in black and white. But I did colorize the art sometimes if I used it later on the web. In the early years of the series, I always colored them myself—as I did here.

I think this one turned out okay. But I was rarely completely happy with my own coloring. And it always took me way too long as I’d often experiment and swap out colors over and over again trying to get something I liked.

I got better over the years. But eventually, I hired more experienced colorists—real artists!—such as Allen Freeman, Diego Jourdan and others. I liked their coloring more—and everyone of them could do the job much, much faster than me!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Girl Meets Boy!” in FIRST KISS # 11, 1959.

 

Transcript:

CAPTION: Far too often we take them for granted! Our significant others! Our partners for life (we hope) in the trenches of domestic bliss! They put up with our minor peccadilloes…and sometimes even our more outlandish desires!

PANEL 1: Woman and man are inside a home, talking.

MAN: Good news, Darlin’! The comic shop is having a sale! Grab your credit cards and let’s go buy me some four-color masterpieces!

WOMAN: I’m sorry, hon, but…I can’t afford it!

PANEL 2: The couple are still talking. In the foreground are a bunch of books.

MAN: Don’t be silly! Big Al is waiting to take your money! Do you want to break his heart?

WOMAN: Well, I guess I could sell another pint down at the blood bank!

CAPTION: Make it a quart! I need some graphic novels!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio Color by John Lustig

©2002 & 2019 Last Kiss Inc

Art Code: 11.1.5.4-5

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CAPTION: Far too often we take them for granted! Our significant others! Our partners for life (we hope) in the trenches of domestic bliss! They put up with our minor peccadilloes...and sometimes even our more outlandish desires!

PANEL 1: Woman and man are inside a home, talking.

MAN: Good news, Darlin'! The comic shop is having a sale! Grab your credit cards and let’s go buy me some four-color masterpieces!

WOMAN: I’m sorry, hon, but…I can’t afford it!

PANEL 2: The couple are still talking. In the foreground are a bunch of books.

MAN: Don’t be silly! Big Al is waiting to take your money! Do you want to break his heart?

WOMAN: Well, I guess I could sell another pint down at the blood bank!

CAPTION: Make it a quart! I need some graphic novels!

Art by Vince Colletta Studio Color by John Lustig

©2002 & 2019 Last Kiss Inc

Art Code: 11.1.5.4-5