Green Passion

Many thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for transforming the original art (below) into a fantastic horror-themed, romance comic for Halloween. The basic gag is also by Mike. (I just make a small tweak to the dialogue.)

By sheer coincidence, Mike submitted the gag just a couple of weeks after Shelagh and I went “green” and got a three-year lease on an all-electric car–a 2020 Chevy Bolt. (Rumor has it that Frankenstein’s Monster has already gotten the 2021 model.)

Art by Dick Giordano with possible assist by Vince Colletta. From the story “Letter from Long Ago” in FIRST KISS #6, 1958.

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SCENE: Frankenstein's Monster and a young woman are talking as a lightning storm rages in the background. The Monster's face is glowing green.

MONSTER: I hear you're into "green energy!"

WOMAN: Wanna make some sparks?

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Today's Last Kiss comic

Easter’s So Over

Today's Last Kiss comic

There’s no original art this time because the comic uses several different pieces of art for this Last Kiss. But multi-talented Mike Pascale’s bunny art was the most crucial piece.

Thanks, Mike!

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman is talking to a giant rabbit (or someone in a bunny suit.)

WOMAN: Easter’s over! Go home! My husband’s getting suspicious!

1958 Art of Woman: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani
Bunny Artist & Playboy Key Holder: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: Woman is talking to a giant rabbit (or someone in a bunny suit.)

WOMAN: Easter's over! Go home! My husband's getting suspicious!

1958 Art of Woman: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani
Bunny Artist & Playboy Key Holder: Mike Pascale

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Today's Last Kiss comic

Rocking St. Paddy’s Day

Today's Last Kiss comic

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Lucky Mike Pascale and me!

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

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Woman swooning and smiling in the background as a leprechaun plays a guitar.

CAPTION: First, the music caressed her soul! Then it moved lower–tingling her loins and making her hips gyrate to the magically delicious rainbow rhythms of…
Shamrock ’n’ Roll!

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SCENE: Woman swooning and smiling in the background as a leprechaun plays a guitar.

CAPTION: First, the music caressed her soul! Then it moved lower--tingling her loins and making her hips gyrate to the magically delicious rainbow rhythms of...
Shamrock ’n’ Roll!

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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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Menor, Ah Amour

My thanks to Merry Mike Pascale (Last Kiss’s Master of haberdashery) for the addition of the snazzy yarmulke.

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “My Confidence Man” in FIRST KISS #5, 1958.

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Man wearing a yarmulke, kissing a woman.

WOMAN (thinking): he can light my menorah anytime!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Yarmulke Salesman: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: Man wearing a yarmulke, kissing a woman.

WOMAN (thinking): he can light my menorah anytime!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Yarmulke Salesman: Mike Pascale

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