Thanksgiving? You Bet!

Thanksgiving? You Bet!

Many thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for today’s Thanksgiving special effects. See below to see how it looked before Mike worked his magic. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Perplexed” in First Kiss #38, 1964.

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PILGRIM: So, what are you thankful for?

NATIVE AMERICAN/INDIAN WOMAN: Casinos!

Pilgrim-ification: Mike Pascale Extra Stuffing: John Lustig
1964 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Skintones: Allen Freeman
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Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Perplexed” in First Kiss #38, 1964.


Halloween with Heart

Halloween with Heart

Happy Halloween from me & my frequent collaborator Mike Pascale. May all your tricks be treats! —John

Art Notes: Few pieces of Last Kiss art have gone through as many changes as today’s comic. Here’s the original 1963 FIRST KISS art:

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #33, 1963.

And here’s the art after I asked Allen Freemen to extend the drawing (of the woman on the left) back in 2009. (To simplify the art and focus on the coffee drinker, I also asked Allen to omit the woman on the right:)

Years later, I needed a higher-res version of the image for a zombie coffee gag for a Finnish licensee who put it on a travel mug. So Diego Jourdan Pereira re-drew Allen’s art for me and then Mike Pascale added the zombie touches:

And then this year—when Mike and I were scrambling for Halloween gags—I suggested he modify his coffee zombie (removing the coffee and adding some blood around the mouth.) See? Simple! (When!)

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SCENE: Zombie woman thinking.

ZOMBIE WOMAN: When we broke up, he told me to...eat my heart out! But his was so much tastier!

1963 Artist: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Master of Macabre Modifications: Mike Pascale

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Art by Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #33, 1963.

Flying Fright Class? Have a Bloody Mary!

Flying Fright Class? Have a Bloody Mary!

A big thanks and a (virgin) Bloody Mary to my buddy Mike Pascale for the sharp-toothed art modifications and basic idea for this gag.

On Sunday night, I’ll be posting another Halloween collaboration I did with Mike. So stay tuned, kids—same vampire bat time, same vampire bat channel!

 

Artist unknown. From FIRST LOVE ILLUSTRATED #52, 1955.

 

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SCENE: A flight attendant/stewardess is holding a tray of food and looks nervous as a vampire guy behind her looks like he's about to bite her.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: So, uh...coffee, teA, or <gulp!> me?

1955 Artist unknown Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Director of Vampire Dental Care: Mike Pascale

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Artist unknown. From FIRST LOVE ILLUSTRATED #52, 1955.

Welcome to LepreCon

Welcome to LepreCon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from me and my partner in today’s comic shenanigans—Mike Pascale.

In addition to transforming a guy in a striped suit (see first panel below) into a leprechaun, Mike provided today’s “lepre-con” pun.

By the way, today’s comic is a mashup of two panels from FIRST KISS Comics. See below.

Art by the Vince Colletta Studio from FIRST KISS #8, 1959.

 

Artist unknown. Art from the story “The Love that Failed” in FIRST KISS #25, 1962.

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SCENE: Leprechaun talking to a skeptical woman.

LEPRECHAUN: You're in luck, lass! For a pot o' gold*...you can buy a hot night o' leprechaun love!

WOMAN: Sounds like a lepre-con job to me!

CAPTION: *AND YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER!

Preposterous Pun & Lavish Leprechaun Art: Mike Pascale

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John Lustig’s Last Kiss
©2017 Last Kiss Inc. iInc

Friday the 13th? Unlucky Pussy Cat!

Friday the 13th? Unlucky Pussy Cat!

My sister (Lisa Hernandez) has been a major help with my Last Kiss business. She has more business acumen—and more commonsense—than silly, impractical me. And she often helps me out at comic conventions.

But it never occurred to me that my sweet sis would want to write a Last Kiss comic. And it seemed even less likely that my cat-loving, zombie-hating sister would ever make a joke about a mangled feline. But…geez, what do I know?

Hey, Lisa. Got any vampire cat gags?

(Many thanks to Mike Pascale and Diego Jourdan Pereira for the revised art!)

1954 artist unknown. From the story “Chip on Her Shoulder” in TEN STORY LOVE #196.

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SCENE: Very mangled (half-zombie?) cat says something to a woman who's standing nearby.

CAT: oops! I thought that was life #8!

CAPTION: Be careful! It’s Friday the 13th!

Art: Diego Jourdan Pereira & Mike Pascale
Dialogue: Lisa Lustig Hernandez
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