Cheap Date

When it comes to proposals, he’s pennywise and pound (cake) foolish!

In regard to the original comic panel (below,), the guy’s missing mouth is odd, but that’s clearly a printing error. (The mouth is there in the black and white photostat of the art as it was originally drawn.)

But what flummoxes me is the half-empty caption box that’s floating in the art. I’ve never seen a caption box before with so much empty space., Obviously, more text was planned for that spot. Normally, text was lettered—or in Charlton’s case, typed with a giant typewriter—right on the original art. But it’s possible that extra text was planned for this caption, then pasted on and simply fell off before printing. Or maybe someone forgot to add it. This is the type of oddity that makes Charlton Comics so maddening—and fascinating.

Art possibly by the Vince Colletta Studio. From the story “The Right Love” in First Kiss #34, 1963.

Scan from black & white original art for First Kiss #34.

 

Transcription:

SCENE: Man sitting in a restaurant looks at a waitress walking by.

MAN (thinking): I’ll propose! I hope she says “yes!” Then I won’t have to tip her!

1963 Art: Possibly the Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan

Art Code: DJP.lk386

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SCENE: Man sitting in a restaurant looks at a waitress walking by.

MAN (thinking): I’ll propose! I hope she says “yes!” Then I won’t have to tip her!

1963 Art: Possibly the Vince Colletta Studio Color: Diego Jourdan

Art Code: DJP.lk386

Soda Jerked

Artist unknown—though it may be Matt Baker. From the story “Second Best Beau” in Hi-School Romance #75, 1958.

 

Transcript:

SCENE: Young man and woman having sodas, malts or milk shakes.

MAN: I won’t be a junior assistant soda jerk forever! someday I’ll be…a real jerk

WOMAN: Golly, I think you already are!

1958 Artist Unknown Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk466

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SCENE: Young man and woman having sodas, malts or milk shakes.

MAN: I won’t be a junior assistant soda jerk forever! someday I’ll be…a real jerk

WOMAN: Golly, I think you already are!

1958 Artist Unknown Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Code: DJP.lk466

A Job? Why?

Pencils by Alberta Tewks from the story “Private Affair” from ALL TRUE ROMANCE #19, 1954.

 

Transcript:

WOMAN (to man at drawing board): A job? I had one once, but…I didn’t like it!

1954 Pencils: Alberta Tewks           Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

Art Codes: DJP.lk272     AllTrueRomance19.20.4

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WOMAN (to man at drawing board): A job? I had one once, but…I didn’t like it!

1954 Pencils: Alberta Tewks Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira

DJP.lk272 AllTrueRomance19.20.4

Pencils by Alberta Tewks from the story "Private Affair" from ALL TRUE ROMANCE #19, 1954.



Beware of Boss

Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

 

Transcript:

CIGAR-SMOKING MAN (to woman): Be fair! If I can’t be a jerk…what’s the point of being the boss?

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
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Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

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CIGAR-SMOKING MAN (to woman): Be fair! If I can’t be a jerk...what’s the point of being the boss?

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira
DJP.lk14
4.2.2.5
Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story "Made for Romance" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

Casual Friday Freakout

Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

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Transcript:

WOMAN (thinking): I thought Casual Fridays meant no underwear!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman
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Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story “Made for Romance” in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.

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WOMAN (thinking): I thought Casual Fridays meant no underwear!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman
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Art by Vince Colletta Studio in the story "Made for Romance" in FIRST KISS #4, 1958.