Strange Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Few pieces of Last Kiss art have been used as much—and have evolved as much—as the art in today’s comic. Many thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for continuing to find new ways to tweak and transform this vintage panel.

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Hope Never Dies” in FIRST KISS #29, 1962.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Two flying cupids (with bows and arrows) talk in the foreground while in the background a man and a woman kiss. Both the man and the woman have arrows sticking out of their backs,

CUPID #1: You made a Democrat and a Republican fall in love? Amazing!

CUPID #2: And for my next trick…I’m gonna change my own diaper!

1962 Baby Art: Vince Colletta Studio Cupidization & Flying Fun: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: Two flying cupids (with bows and arrows) talk in the foreground while in the background a man and a woman kiss. Both the man and the woman have arrows sticking out of their backs,

CUPID #1: You made a Democrat and a Republican fall in love? Amazing!

CUPID #2: And for my next trick…I’m gonna change my own diaper!

1962 Baby Art: Vince Colletta Studio Cupidization & Flying Fun: Mike Pascale

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Last Kiss 2019 Fourth of July comic

Happy Fourth

Last Kiss 2019 Fourth of July comic

Happy Fourth!

Original art that today's Last Kiss comic was based on.

Art by Alex Kotzky from Uncle Sam Quarterly #8, 1943.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A young boy is riding on Uncle Sam’s shoulders as Uncle Sam runs across a field with fireworks exploding in the background.

UNCLE SAM & BOY: Happy Independence Day!

1943 Character Art by Alex Kotzky from Uncle Sam Quarterly #8. Background: Composite from photos by Sam Mathews & Nitish Meena

Art by Alex Kotzky from Uncle Sam Quarterly #8, 1943.

Art Code: UncleSam8_0

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SCENE: A young boy is riding on Uncle Sam's shoulders as Uncle Sam runs across a field with fireworks exploding in the background.

UNCLE SAM & BOY: Happy Independence Day!

1943 Character Art by Alex Kotzky from Uncle Sam Quarterly #8. Background: Composite from photos by Sam Mathews & Nitish Meena

Art by Alex Kotzky from Uncle Sam Quarterly #8, 1943.

Art Code: UncleSam8_0

Last Kiss Fourth of July Comic

Uncle Sam’s Secret

Last Kiss Fourth of July Comic

Happy Independence Day from me and my pal (and frequent Last Kiss collaborator) Mike Pascale*. There will be a bonus Fourth of July comic tomorrow!

(Check out the Kickstarter for Mike Pascale Seahawk football cartoon book “Game Buzz.”

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “From Out of the Past” in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Smiling woman talking to Uncle Sam as fireworks explode in the sky in the background.

WOMAN: You’re 243 years old! What’s your secret?

MAN: Clean living! Free health care!* Plus…I’m a cartoon character!

CAPTION: *Sam qualified for Medicare 178 years ago!

1960 Art: Vince Colletta Studio
Patriotic Passion, Apparel & SPX: Mike Pascale

Art Code: 15.1.8.1

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “From Out of the Past” in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

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SCENE: Smiling woman talking to Uncle Sam as fireworks explode in the sky in the background.

WOMAN: You’re 243 years old! What's your secret?

MAN: Clean living! Free health care!* Plus...I'm a cartoon character!

CAPTION: *Sam qualified for Medicare 178 years ago!

1960 Art: Vince Colletta Studio
Patriotic Passion, Apparel & SPX: Mike Pascale

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story "From Out of the Past" in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

Father’s Day? Dance!

I’m making a temporary tweak to my usual Monday-Wednesday-Friday comics schedule. There won’t be a Monday comic so that I can actually run this Father’s Day gag on…Father’s Day.

Yes,  I know it’s shocking concept. But  I thought I’d give it a try.

Happy Father’s Day to me—and all the other dads out there!

Art by Dick Giordano from Romantic Story #70, Jan. 1964.

The cover teaser caption in the upper-left hand corner is impossible to read here, but it says: The date for my marriage to Chet Dillman was set! I loved Chet and wanted to be his wife, but…I was determined to have one last fling!

 

Transcript:

Scene: Man and woman dancing joyously.

MAN: You’re pregnant?

WOMAN: Yup! Happy Father’s Day!

1964 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Dick Giordano from Romantic Story #70, Jan. 1964.

 

 

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Scene: Man and woman dancing joyously.

MAN: You’re pregnant?

WOMAN: Yup! Happy Father's Day!

1964 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Dick Giordano from Romantic Story #70, Jan. 1964.


The Expectant Father’s Club

Art by Jack Keller from the story “World Champion” in Teenage Hotrodders #7, May 1964. (Published in color, but scanned here from the black & white photostats.)

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Three men drinking booze, celebrating, smiling and laughing.

MAN #1: Who says being a parent is hard? Not us!
MAN: #2: Getting our wives pregnant was was easy! Happy Father’s Day to us!

CAPTION: First and last meeting of the Expectant Father’s Carefree Fun Club

1964 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Jack Keller from the story “World Champion” in Teenage Hotrodders #7, May 1964. (Published in color, but scanned here from the black & white photostats.)

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SCENE: Three men drinking booze, celebrating, smiling and laughing.

MAN #1: Who says being a parent is hard? Not us!
MAN: #2: Getting our wives pregnant was was easy! Happy Father’s Day to us!

CAPTION: First and last meeting of the Expectant Father’s Carefree Fun Club

1964 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Art by Jack Keller from the story "World Champion" in Teenage Hotrodders #7, May 1964. (Published in color, but scanned here from the black & white photostats.)