Tough Dad, Rough Drive

Happy Father’s Day?

I hope it is for you. I know it’ll be happy for me since this it’s the first Father’s Day since my daughter and her hubby have moved here to Seattle. I love ’em both dearly!

(Hint: Don’t get me a tie, kids—unless it’s super classy and glows-in-the dark.)

Special thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for the offbeat gag in today’s comic.

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

↓ Transcript
MAN (in car: I’m going to get your old man what he really wants for Father’s Day!

WOMAN (outside of car): Oh? You’re leaving town?

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Concept & Gag: Mike Pascale

DJP.lk436 New Romances 14.5.6

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

Tax Package

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.

↓ Transcript
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

6.1.7.4_TaxDay_MP.tif

Pencils by Dick Giordano (with inks by either Giordano or Vince Colletta) from the story "Letter from Long Ago" in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.


Love Tax

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.

↓ Transcript
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

4.4.2.1

Art by John Tartaglione from the story "Elopement" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

Easter Fools Day

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.

↓ Transcript
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

25.1.4.1_Easter2018_MP

Bunny Belief

Happy Easter! And many thanks and chocolate Easter eggs to photographer Allen Freeman and model Joe Phillips for use of the pun-worthy photo.

↓ Transcript
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

AF.lk12Short.80Quality