Love Me Tender—Or Else!

Love Me Tender—Or Else!

This isn’t the first silly verse I’ve written. Over the years, I’ve occasionally slipped nonsense rhymes into my comic book scripts for Disney:

“But we mail carriers are tough! We eat spinach and liver!

“And though we may occasionally shiver…

15 Shady Poems

“Like Santa, with postage, we always deliver!”

But I’m not a real poet like my pal Robert Hoffman. His stuff isn’t just funny. It’s also sophisticated. And highbrow!

(By that, of course, I mean that his poetry doesn’t rhyme—and, yet, people still recognize it as poetry. Something I couldn’t pull off!)

I’d be jealous except that he asked me to provide the cover art for his new book 15 Shady Poems and a Love Sonnet.


I can’t resent anyone with taste bad enough to want me associated with such high-class poetry!

Art from Intimate #3, 1958.

Art from Intimate #3, 1958.



↓ Transcript
SCENE: Beautiful woman in a slinky dress singing into a microphone.

WOMAN (singing): Love me tender, Love me sweet. Beware!
I know judo! Wash your feet! And
then repeat, This is not porn--ooo!*

*With apologies to Elvis Presley
--not that he cares.

Restoration & Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

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