Barf Bag Valentine, Part 1

Barf Bag Valentine, Part 1

Click image to enlarge. Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story "Love Among the Stars" in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

Click image to enlarge. Art by Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani from the story “Love Among the Stars” in FIRST KISS #15, 1960.

This story first appeared in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1371, the 2000 Valentine’s Day edition. And, quite frankly, it revolutionized Last Kiss. Without it, I doubt there’d still be a Last Kiss today.

Last Kiss debuted in 1996 in the pages of Comics Buyer’s Guide. It ran haphazardly as an occasional feature using romance comic book covers that I rewrote—allegedly to make them funnier than the originals.

These faux covers ran through 1998. Then I got busy and moved on to other things—forever, I thought.

But in the summer of 1999, I ran into CBG editor John Jackson Miller and—to my surprise—found myself asking if he’d like a Last Kiss feature for the paper’s next Valentine’s Day issue. John said, “Yes.” So I whipped up this story. And Last Kiss was back in business.

The story along with the cover I created were so well-received that Last Kiss was offered a spot as a regular multi-panel feature…which I continued doing until CBG folded in 2013. But by then, Last Kiss had found a new and much bigger audience here and on other sites such as GoComics.

 

 

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PAGE 1, PANEL 1, SCENE: A male pilot and a female flight attendant are talking outside a commercial jet.

TITLE: I WAS a Barf Bag Valentine

CAPTAIN JACK: Give up, Jill! It's Valentine's Day! And I'm so handsome I even turn myself on! Do yourself a favor...and kiss me!

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Jack, how sweet! I don't know what to say except...

PAGE 1, PANEL 2, SCENE: Jill and Jack continue talking.

JILL: I'd rather run naked...covered in honey...through a swarm of bees.

JACK: Gosh! Who wouldn't? Maybe we can go together sometime!

PAGE 1, PANEL 3, SCENE: Jill is alone.

CAPTION: "Then he handed me a Valentine...the big lug! I trembled as I read the card, but I refused to fall in love again! I couldn't take the chance!"

JILL: Men are all alike! Sooner or later...Jack would want more than just wild passion and cheap thrills! He'd expect me to...cook for him!

1960 ART: Charles Nicholas & Sal Trapani Color by John Lustig

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Valentine Bliss

Valentine Bliss

Meanwhile, back in 1953…
See the original 1953 art and dialogue for today’s Last Kiss webcomic here.

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SCENE: Happy woman in a dress with her leg in the air as she sits with a drink.

WOMAN: Maybe it’s just the booze, candy and sex, but I feel good!

Artist Unknown Restoration & Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

©2015 Last Kiss Inc.

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Cupid to the Rescue

Cupid to the Rescue

A big, heartfelt thanks to my pal Mike Pascale for today’s Cupid and additional Valentine art changes.

Meanwhile, back in 1962…
See the original 1962 art and dialogue for today’s Last Kiss webcomic here.

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SCENE: Woman with Cupid. Both smiling.

WOMAN: At last! cupid is here to get me my dream date!

CUPID (thinking): Wake up! I’m your cat!

Art: Vince Colletta Studio Cupidization: Mike Pascale

©2015 Last Kiss Inc
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Enjoy a Cheap “Sex Day” for Valentine’s Day!

 

Last Kiss: Sex Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with the Last Kiss “Sex Day” digital collection—now on sale for only 99 cents on Amazon.

Normally $2.99, it features John Lustig’s hilarious rewrites of old romance comic panels along with commentary and some stunning samples of the original comics.

The sale runs until Feb. 16, 2015.

Cupid’s Paternity Test

Cupid’s Paternity Test

Wings and other visual effects are courtesy of my pal and genius-at-large Mike Pascale.

Meanwhile, back in 1965…
See the original 1965 art and dialogue for today’s Last Kiss webcomic here.

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Woman holding baby with wings, talks to someone who's off-panel.

WOMAN: So, Cupid, still think you're not the father?

Valentine's Day

Art: Vince Colletta Studio Cupidization: Mike Pascale
©2014 Last Kiss Inc.
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