Playing Cupid? It’s a Contact Sport!

Happy Valentine’s Day from me, Tony Isabella & Allen Freeman!

By the way, have you ever wanted to meet Last Kiss contributor (and all-around swell guy) Tony Isabella? Then you’re in luck. Tony will be a guest at Pensacon (Feb. 18-20.) So drop by Tony’s Artist Alley table and tell him how much you enjoy his work. Rumor has it that he’s written a few thousand other brilliant comics besides Last Kiss!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Lucky Liz” in FIRST KISS #9, 1959. (The rest of this comic isn’t online. So there’s no link this time.)

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

MAN: We have to do something different for Valentine’s Day.

WOMAN: But it’s our tradition to cosplay as Cupid…

WOMAN: …and shoot love-arrows at people.

MAN: That got a little out of hand last year.

WOMAN: Pshaw! That woman is barely limping now.

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: Tony Isabella

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MAN: We have to do something different for Valentine’s Day.

WOMAN: But it’s our tradition to cosplay as Cupid...

WOMAN: ...and shoot love-arrows at people.

MAN: That got a little out of hand last year.

WOMAN: Pshaw! That woman is barely limping now.

1959 Art: Vince Colletta Character Color: Allen Freeman
Writer: Tony Isabella

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Love’s Labors Found

Happy Valentine’s weekend!

Many thanks to manly and mischievous Mike Pascale for the crazy Cupid gag and art changes! We’ll have another Valentine’s treat on Monday—this one by Tony Isabella!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “Condemned” in FIRST KISS #40, 1965. Curious to see more? Click the link to read the entire vintage comic book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: A female nurse (or doctor) in medical scrubs and a mask is holding a newly born, winged Cupid. In the background the mother of the baby is lying in bed, sweating profusely.

NURSE/DOCTOR: You gave birth to…Cupid?!

MOTHER: You think that’s amazing? imagine passing Those $#@&! wings!

1965 Art: Vince Colletta Color: Allen Freeman
Way-Out, Winged Wackiness: Mike Pascale

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SCENE: A female nurse (or doctor) in medical scrubs and a mask is holding a newly born, winged Cupid. In the background the mother of the baby is lying in bed, sweating profusely.

NURSE/DOCTOR: You gave birth to…Cupid?!

MOTHER: You think that’s amazing? imagine passing Those $#@&! wings!

1965 Art: Vince Colletta Color: Allen Freeman
Way-Out, Winged Wackiness: Mike Pascale

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Love Cop

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s Last Kiss was written by that esteemed Love Cop in Training–Tony Isabella.

Reminder: You can still vote for Last Kiss model Felina Vie in Inked Magazine’s cover girl contest. (You’ll need a Facebook account to sign in to vote.) Vote for free once every 24 hours. Thanks!

Vintage, Published Art & Dialogue

Art by Jack Keller in the story “Shifty’s Revenge” in Teenage Hotrodders #8, July 1964. Published by Charlton Comics.

 

Transcript:

CAPTION: Introducing…The Casebook of Officer Cupid…Love Cop

YOUNG MAN #1: Those ladies look friendly…

YOUNG MAN #2: How can we talk to them?

OFFICER CUPID-LOVE COP: Youngsters, just be yourselves…and not your D&D characters. Remember…you have the right to seek love. But only in a respectful manner.

1964 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Writer: Tony Isabella

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CAPTION: Introducing...The Casebook of Officer Cupid...Love Cop

YOUNG MAN #1: Those ladies look friendly...

YOUNG MAN #2: How can we talk to them?

OFFICER CUPID-LOVE COP: Youngsters, just be yourselves...and not your D&D characters. Remember...you have the right to seek love. But only in a respectful manner.

1964 Art: Jack Keller Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Writer: Tony Isabella

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Cupid’s Choices

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Try not to fall in love with the wrong person…’til then.

Reminder: You can still vote for Last Kiss model Felina Vie in Inked Magazine’s cover girl contest. (You’ll need a Facebook account to sign in to vote.) Thanks!

 

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Baby Cupid standing on a cloud, getting ready to fire an arrow (with a red, heart tip.)

CUPID: Is that a cow or a person? I can’t tell without my glasses! Hey, maybe I’ll close both eyes this time! it’s not like I can actually aim!

Artist: ma_i_vi

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SCENE: Baby Cupid standing on a cloud, getting ready to fire an arrow (with a red, heart tip.)

CUPID: Is that a cow or a person? I can’t tell without my glasses! Hey, maybe I’ll close both eyes this time! it’s not like I can actually aim!

Artist: ma_i_vi

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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