Legendary Labors

Happy Labor Day!

Sure, Last Kiss traffics in weird humor. But even I was surprised when Mike Pascale suggested the gag for today’s comic. Linking the Labors of Hercules with the labors of childbirth—for Labor Day? It seemed unlikely. Even impossible. But Mike pulled it off beautifully. Thanks, Mike!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Art Cappello & Vince Alascia from First Kiss #11, 1959. Click link to read entire, vintage comic.

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Hercules on a swimming raft with a beautiful woman in a modern bathing suit and a child in a bathing suit.

HERCULES: I’m HERCULES! I performed 12 LABORS–beat that!

WOMAN: Easy! I’m a woman–I was in labor for 12 HOURS!

Art: Art Cappello & Vince Alascia
Herculean Labor Day SPX & Wit: Mike Pascale

©2013 Last Kiss Inc

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SCENE: Hercules on a swimming raft with a beautiful woman in a modern bathing suit and a child in a bathing suit.

HERCULES: I'm HERCULES!
I performed 12 LABORS--beat
that!

WOMAN: Easy! I'm a woman--I was in labor for 12 HOURS!

Art: Art Cappello & Vince Alascia
Herculean Labor Day SPX & Wit: Mike Pascale

©2013 Last Kiss Inc

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Memorial Day 2021

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Image of a tombstone in a cemetary with two American flags on the gravestone.

Tombstone Inscription: Too Many
1776 -- Now
Beloved spouse, parent, offspring, friend, patriot and more.

Modified from a photo by Cross-Keys Media Text & SPX: John Lustig


Buxom Bunny to the Rescue

Happy Easter!

(And big thanks to pals Allen Freeman and Mike Pascale for the art.)

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Beautiful woman in a costume that resembles the Playboy bunny outfits.

BUXOM BUNNY: The
Easter Bunny
can’t make it. So I
got out this costume from my Playboy
days! Now where’s
your wife and
kids? I can’t wait to surprise them!

2010 Art: Allen Freeman Bunnification: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: Beautiful woman in a costume that resembles the Playboy bunny outfits.

BUXOM BUNNY: The
Easter Bunny
can’t make it. So I
got out this costume from my Playboy
days! Now where’s
your wife and
kids? I can’t wait to surprise them!

2010 Art: Allen Freeman Bunnification: Mike Pascale

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Don’t Be a Blockhead this Easter

Happy Easter!

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Five Easter Island statues.

STATUE #1: Linus lied! The Great Pumpkin isn’t coming!

STATUE #2: We were blockheads to wait for him instead of our true lord!

STATUE #3, 4 & 5 (shout): All hail the Easter Bunny!

CAPTION: The Rocky History of Easter Island

Based on a photo by Yoko Correia Nishimiya

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SCENE: Five Easter Island statues.

STATUE #1: Linus lied! The Great Pumpkin isn’t coming!

STATUE #2: We were blockheads to wait for him instead of our true lord!

STATUE #3, 4 & 5 (shout): All hail the Easter Bunny!

CAPTION: The Rocky History of Easter Island

Based on a photo by Yoko Correia Nishimiya

Leprechaun Love?

I’m dedicating this comic to Shelagh Lustig, who married me 37 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day—even though I didn’t have a pot o’ gold. I, on the other hand, struck the motherlode when I married her. Ever since then St. Patrick’s Day has been my lucky day! Happy Anniversary, sweetie!

(My thanks to Mike Pascale for collaborating with me on another fun holiday gag.)

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Artist unknown (but I suspect it’s Vince Colletta.) From the story “You Can Never Tell” in FIRST KISS #10, 1959.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Wedding guests watch as a bride kisses her leprechaun groom.

MALE Wedding Guest: I hear she just wants his pot o’ gold!

FEMALE WEDDING GUEST: So that means…

MALE WEDDING GUEST: Yup! She’s a Lepre-con-

artist!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta?     Color: Allen Freeman     Lepre-Con Job: Mike Pascale

Writers: Mike Pascale & John Lustig

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Transcript:

SCENE: Wedding guests watch as a bride kisses her leprechaun groom.

MALE Wedding Guest: I hear she just wants his pot o’ gold!

FEMALE WEDDING GUEST: So that means…

MALE WEDDING GUEST: Yup! She’s a Lepre-con-

artist!

1959 Art: Vince Colletta?     Color: Allen Freeman     Lepre-Con Job: Mike Pascale

Writers: Mike Pascale & John Lustig

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