Many thanks (but none of my tax dollars) to Mike Pascale for the gag and the terrific Uncle Sam art.
Pencils by Dick Giordano (with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta) from the story “Letter from Long Ago” in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.
UNCLE SAM: What do you think about my new tax package?
WOMAN: I want less tax and more “package!”
1958 Pencils: Dick Giordano Inks: Giordano or Vince Colletta
Patriotic Imagery & Wicked Wit: Mike Pascale
Pencils by Dick Giordano (with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta) from the story "Letter from Long Ago" in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.
Many thanks to Mike Pascale for the art changes and for the multiple rewrites we went through for this comic. Sometimes our collaborations involve gags that are mostly Mike’s (with maybe a word or two changed by me.) Others are mostly mine—with a word or two of changes by Mike.
And then there are gags like this where Mike wrote the first word balloon. I wrote the second second and third. Mike suggested some great changes to shorten the dialogue in those second and third balloons. And then—inspired by his changes—I made some additional changes to make the dialogue even shorter.
What? You thought this comedy business was simple?
Art by John Tartaglione from the story “Elopement” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.
YOUNG WOMAN (DAUGHTER): Why is love so taxing?
MOM: Beats me! But the sex tax is absurd! Some nights I can barely afford to pay your dad!
1958 Art: John Tartaglione Foreground Color: Dan McConnell
Master Taxer & Facial Fixer: Mike Pascale
Art by John Tartaglione from the story "Elopement" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.
Happy Easter & Happy Fools Day from me and my pal Mike Pascale!
1962 artist unknown. From the story “The Love that Failed” in FIRST KISS #25.
WOMAN (with hand covering face) Easter and April Fool’s Day should never be on the same date!
NAKED GUY WITH BUNNY HEADGEAR: Wanna April Fool around?
1962 Artist Unknown Bunny Wrangler: Mike Pascale
Happy Easter! And many thanks and chocolate Easter eggs to photographer Allen Freeman and model Joe Phillips for use of the pun-worthy photo.
EASTER BUNNY: Don’t be an April Fool! Believe in the Easter Bunny…or the yolks will be on you!
Text ©2018 Last Kiss Inc
Photo @2018 Allen Freeman
Model: Joe Phillips Photo: Allen Freeman
Happy early Easter from magical bunny wrangler Mike Pascale and me!
Art by Luis Dominguez from the story “Reckless Romance” in FIRST KISS #30, 1963.
WOMAN (talking to Easter Bunny): You don’t lay eggs? Good! ‘Cause...I’m not an egg!
Bunny Artist & Easter Egg Colorist to Dye For: Mike Pascale
1963 Art Featuring Woman: Luis Dominguez Color: Allen Freeman