A Popeye Thanksgiving

Cultivating a sense of being grateful is something I’ve been working on for awhile now. Besides being the right thing to do, it’s also good for you. Chances are, you’ll feel better—and I don’t mean just emotionally and spiritually—although likely that too—but also physically. (Supposedly, optimists live longer.)

I’m not brushing aside all the negative things. There’s lots of them.

But perhaps because of all those negatives, I’m more grateful than usual this year for so many things. Family, good friends and…heck, just for being alive and reasonably healthy, And, of course, I’m extremely grateful for all you readers. Thank you for appreciating my weird sense of humor and participating for so many years.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art from J.R. Williams vintage, early 20th Century newspaper comic: Out Our Way.

 

 

Transcript:

A young girl and boy are sitting at the meal table. Both are in shock as their mother dishes them globs of cooked spinach.

MOTHER: We couldn’t afford a turkey. So just eat your spinach…and be Thankful! That’s what Popeye would do! He’d give thanks for spinach!

GIRL: We’d rather be like Wimpy!

BOY: Yeah! Then we could be thankful for burgers!

Art from J.R. Williams vintage, early 20th Century newspaper comic: Out Our Way
New Dialogue: John Lustig

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↓ Transcript
A young girl and boy are sitting at the meal table. Both are in shock as their mother dishes them globs of cooked spinach.

MOTHER: We couldn’t afford a turkey. So just eat your spinach…and be Thankful! That’s what Popeye would do! He’d give thanks for spinach!

GIRL: We’d rather be like Wimpy!

BOY: Yeah! Then we could be thankful for burgers!

Art from J.R. Williams vintage comic: Out Our Way
New Dialogue: John Lustig

OutOurWay

Give Thanks—Now!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “Love Will Point the Way” in FIRST KISS #14, 1960. Click link to read the entire vintage comic book for free.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A man and woman embracing in a kitchen.

WOMAN: Let’s give thanks now…before your family shows up!

1960 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman
Dialogue by John Lustig

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SCENE: A man and woman embracing in a kitchen.

WOMAN: Let’s give thanks now...before your family shows up!

1960 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia Color: Allen Freeman
Dialogue by John Lustig

N20MeMiserable

Veterans Day: Up in Smoke

Original Vintage Art & Text

Today’s art comes from Pin-Up Pete, a one-shot comic that collected many of the Pin-Up Pete pages that appeared in various early 1950s comics published by Toby. The feature was nominally about a soldier with the moniker “Pin-Up Pete” who told tales about his encounters with various vivacious fems. But, as you no-doubt guessed, it was mainly an excuse to post some pin-up drawings.

Because it may be hard to decipher the text in the original art, I’ve re-typed it below:

When the Earth is harder than a pawnbroker’s heart…when the icicles hang from a man’s nostrils like lace from a Spanish shawl…when the words freeze in a Marine’s throat before the first syllable is formed…

What’s to do about it?

Pin-up Pete has the answer. “Gather around yer Uncle Pete,” he calls out to his half frozen buddies, “an warm the cockles o’ yer hearts wit’ the hamburger-hot details o’ me adventures wit’ the opposite sex—-dames to you—-which make their livin’ doin’ men’s jobs in the daytime…but who, at night, is one hunnert percent female!!

Art by Jack Sparling from Pin-Up Pete, 1952. Published by Toby. Click link to read the entire vintage comic book for free.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

Three male soldiers in combat gear. Two of them are smoking. One of the soldiers blows out a puff of smoke that is in the form of a shapely woman.

CAPTION: Sometimes even a wisp of smoke can stir the imagination and lift weary hearts!

SOLDIER #1: Wow! so many curves! reminds me of my girlfriend!

SOLDIER #2: Keep your pants on, Junior! That’s my mom!

Happy Veterans Day
1952 Artist: Jack Sparling New Dialogue: John Lustig

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↓ Transcript
Three male soldiers in combat gear. Two of them are smoking. One of the soldiers blows out a puff of smoke that is in the form of a shapely woman.

CAPTION: Sometimes even a wisp of smoke can stir the imagination and lift weary hearts!

SOLDIER #1: Wow! so many curves! reminds me of my girlfriend!

SOLDIER #2: Keep your pants on, Junior! That’s my mom!

Happy Veterans Day
1952 Artist: Jack Sparling New Dialogue: John Lustig

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Day of the Dead–But Not Forgotten

Here’s a Day of the Dead (and All Saints’ Day) comic featuring the fabulous Felina Vie. Photo by the amazing Allen Freeman!

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Photo comic featuring model Felina Vie in Day of the Dead face paint at a cemetery. She seems lost in thought.

FELINA (thinking): Men come and men go! But this one was special! I’ll never forget…his bank account number!

Model: Felina Vie
Photo: Allen Freeman
Text: John Lustig
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SCENE: Photo comic featuring model Felina Vie in Day of the Dead face paint at a cemetery. She seems lost in thought.

FELINA (thinking): Men come and men go! But this one was special! I’ll never forget…his bank account number!

Model: Felina Vie
Photo: Allen Freeman
Text: John Lustig
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Casper the Freaky Ghost

Happy Halloween!

Today’s Last Kiss photo comic is adapted from a photo by Tandem X Visuals on Unsplash.

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A creepy guy in a ghost outfit/sheet is holding a happy-faced balloon inside a brick building.

CASPER: Hi, kids! I’m Casper! The friendliest ghost you know! I’m not scary! Or creepy…no matter what my ex-girlfriends say. Hey! Where are you going?!!

Photo: Tandem X Visuals Dialogue: John Lustig

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SCENE: A creepy guy in a ghost outfit/sheet is holding a happy-faced balloon inside a brick building.

CASPER: Hi, kids! I’m Casper! The friendliest ghost you know! I’m not scary! Or creepy…no matter what my ex-girlfriends say. Hey! Where are you going?!!

Photo: Tandem X Visuals Dialogue: John Lustig