Fireworks in Your Mind

Fireworks in Your Mind

Many thanks to talented Mike Pascale for the fireworks/special effect in today’s comic. Mike will be back Friday with more fireworks and a new Fourth of July gag.

Original art by Vince Colletta from the story "Rich Girl, Poor Guy" in BRIDES IN LOVE #14, 1959.

Original art by Vince Colletta from the story “Rich Girl, Poor Guy” in BRIDES IN LOVE #14, 1959.

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SCENE: A man and a woman kissing while fireworks go off in the background.

MAN (thinking): Some fireworks are best with your eyes closed!

Art: Vince Colletta Restoration: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Fireworks, Fab Color & Fun: Mike Pascale

Right Again, Sam!

Right Again, Sam!

Happy Fourth of July from me and Last Kiss Fireworks Foreman Mike Pascale.

Meanwhile, back in 1952…
See the original 1952 art and dialogue for today’s Last Kiss webcomic here.

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SCENE: Woman crying in the foreground as Uncle Sam and another woman walk off towards some fireworks.

WOMAN: Sam was right! I am
crying “Uncle!”

1952 Art: Nick Cardy Re-ink: Allen Freeman
Pun, Fun & Pyrotechnics: “Uncle MIke” Pascale

©2014 Last Kiss Inc.

Yankee Doodle Randy

Yankee Doodle Randy

Here’s another fun Fourth of July  comic by magical Mike Pascale. As usual, Mike has “holidazed” some of my old romance art. Plus, Mike wrote this one on his own.

You can see more of Mike’s Last Kiss holiday gags here.


Here’s the original cover from I Love You #44 (1963) by Dick Giordano.


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SCENE: Woman dancing with man dressed as Uncle Sam at a party. Man in background staring angrily.

MAN IN BACKGROUND: What’s that dandy got that I haven’t?

WOMAN: A bigger Yankee Doodle!

Art: Dick Giordano Rendering: Allen Freeman
Patriotization & Gag: Mike Pascale

©2013 Last Kiss Inc.


Foreplay for the Fourth

Foreplay for the Fourth

Here’s the first of this year’s two Fourth of July comics courtesy of magical Mike Pascale. As usual, Mike has “holidazed” some of my old romance art. And, as often happens, the gag is a joint Pascale-Lustig effort.

You can see more of Mike’s Last Kiss holiday gags here.

Here’s the art from First Kiss #6 back in 1958. In his notes to me about First Kiss, the late Dick Giordano said that he either drew this story on his own or collaborated with Vince Colletta.

First Kiss #6, 1958.

And below is the art after it was colorized and modified by Allen Freeman several years ago. I’ve used this art for several gags over the years. This is the version which Mike Pascale “holidazed” for the Fourth of July.


The art as colored and extended by Allen Freeman.


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SCENE: Woman with Uncle Sam. Fireworks in background.

WOMAN: That was spectactular! What’s your secret?

UNCLE SAM: I’ve had 237 years to learn foreplay!

Original Pencils: Dick Giordano Uncle Sam SPX: Mike Pascale

©2013 Last Kiss Inc


Yankee Doodle Randy

Yankee Doodle Randy

(In case you’re wondering, the Martha StewTart saga will resume Friday.)

My pal Mike Pascale is on a mission His goal is to revamp my Last Kiss art for as many holidays as possible. He started with Halloween—turning starry-eyed sweethearts into zombies.

Next came Christmas—turning lovers into elves and Santa. Then Valentine’s Day—Cupid.

And now, for the Fourth of July—Uncle Sam.

What’s next?  Beats me. But…no. Stop! Mike, don’t even think about…Columbus Day!

The Last Kiss art---prior to Mike's modifications. Color by Allen Freeman.

Below is the original First Kiss romance art from the 1960s.


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SCENE: Man dressed as Uncle Sam smiles at woman. In background, fireworks are going off.

MAN: I’m a Yankee Doodle! A big pole, flag-waving, randy dandy!

WOMAN: Really? You look more like a "fruited plain!”

Art patriotized by Mike Pascale
Gag by Pascale & Lustig