Wham! Bam! Thank You, Sam!

Wham! Bam! Thank You, Sam!

Happy Fourth of July courtesy of Mike Pascale, Diego Jourdan Pereira and me.

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “His Future Bride” in BRIDES IN LOVE #10, 1958.

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SCENE: Uncle Sam and a woman embrace.

UNCLE SAM: Wanna make me great again?

WOMAN: You already are!
1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Fourth of July Makeover & Magic: Mike Pascale
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Put on Your Boots! It’s Father’s Day!

Put on Your Boots! It’s Father’s Day!

Unlike poor Bucky’s dad, I expect to have a great Father’s Day. For the first time in many years, my daughter Caitie and I won’t be in different states on Father’s Day and can spend the day together. Hoo haw!

Art by Reed Crandall in SMASH #25, 1941.

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SCENE: Bucky holding a toilet plunger and pointing back to a wave of water on the hardwood floor that he's standing on.

BUCKY: Hey, Dad! I fixed the toilet!

1941 Artist: Reed Crandall Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

It’s Always Bucky™

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Fancy Flag Day

Fancy Flag Day

Unlike most Last Kiss comics, this one isn’t based on vintage comic art. Instead, Diego Jourdan Pereira drew this from scratch and features Bucky—a character inspired by mid-20th Century TV shows such as LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.

Bucky—created by Jack Enyart and me for an animation project—has appeared many times before here. And he’ll be showing up again later this week in a special Father’s Day comic.  (Hopefully, Bucky’s dad will survive his Father’s Day surprise.)—John

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SCENE: Bucky in his scout outfit stands, salutes and flies an American Flag.

CAPTION: Happy Flag Day!

BUCKY: This flag’s even nicer than the one I made...out of
my sister’s underwear!

It’s Always Bucky™

Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

I was surprised by how many people hated today’s comic. It is arguably—at least so far—my most controversial comic.

I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Instead, I was trying to make a point. Too many people regard Memorial Day as just a three-day weekend for having fun. They don’t want to think about the dead we’re supposed to be honoring.

Beyond that and on a personal note, I was also trying to highlight the absurdity of people who expect bereaved family members to quickly “snap out of it” and stop crying.

I know from personal experience that recovery is a long, slow process.

Unfortunately, those points don’t seem to have come through in the comic. (Or at least not in a humorous way.) And, for that, I’m sorry.

Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” from NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.

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SCENE: At a cemetery. Two men are covering up a grave in the background. In the foreground, a woman is crying and a man is trying to comfort her.

MAN: Cheer up! it’s a three-day weekend!

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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Bunny Love

Bunny Love

Happy Easter snuggles from me, photographer Allen Freeman and frequent Last Kiss model Felina Vie!

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SCENE: Woman in a bunny suit in a field.

BUNNY: Dyeing for something sweet? No need to egg me on! Hop on over!

Model: Felina Vie Photo: Allen Freeman

Text ©2017 Last Kiss Inc
Photo @2017 Allen Freeman

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