Training Bra

Pencils and possibly inks by Jack Kirby from the cover of HI-SCHOOL ROMANCE #55, 1956.

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COED (to male and female students): Unlike her, my bra isn’t training! it’s straining!
1956 Pencils: Jack Kirby Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
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Pencils and possibly inks by Jack Kirby from the cover of HI-SCHOOL ROMANCE #55, 1956.



Disgusting Sex

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

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MAN (to crying woman he's holding): Cheer up! Once we’re married...maybe sex won’t be disgusting anymore!

1958 Pencils: Dick Giordano Inks: Giordano or Vince Colletta Color for Characters: Allen Freeman

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

Obscene Phone Call

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “A Moment to Remember” in FIRST KISS #21, 1962.

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WOMAN TALKING ON THE PHONE: My first obscene call? Well, that depends...making or receiving?

Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman

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Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “A Moment to Remember” in FIRST KISS #21, 1962.

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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