Presidents’ Day 2024

Presidents’ Day 2024

In 2017, I was in Atlanta and one of the touristy things I did was visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. I’ve been to three presidential libraries now. The others were for two much high-profile presidents—Kennedy and Nixon.

Carter isn’t an easy man to summarize. His presidency was marred by the Iran Hostage crisis, “stagflation” and other issues. His 1980 re-election bid ended in a landslide loss to Ronald Reagan.

But Carter was far ahead of his time in terms of energy conservation and he actually accomplished a lot internationally. But his most enduring legacy is what he achieved after he left office. His humanitarian work, his diplomacy, his efforts to support election integrity internationally and negotiate major conflicts won him a Nobel prize in 2002.

He may not have been our best president, but he was definitely our best ex-president—and probably our kindest.

If you’re interested in touring Carter’s presidential library and aren’t going to Atlanta soon, you can take a virtual tour of the exhibits and building. Plus, there are my photos below.

The museum includes a life-sized reproduction of the Carter Oval Office. Photo by me. Click image to enlarge.

 

Of the three presidential libraries I’ve visited, Carter’s is the only one with Marvel Comics art! The art (signed by Stan Lee) is by John Tartaglione who drew many of the romance comics panels I’ve used in Last Kiss!

 

The guy in the goony hat—but great T-shirt!—is me on the serene, wooded grounds that are the exterior part of the Carter library. (Photo by my sister Lisa Lustig Hernandez.)

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Scene: Photo of a sunset.

CAPTION: “I have one life and one chance to make it count
for something...

"My faith demands that I do whatever I can,
wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long
as I can with whatever I have to try to make
a difference.”

--Jimmy Carter, now 99 and
in hospice for one year as of yesterday.

A Forever Romance

A Forever Romance

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by The Vince Colletta Studio from the story “The Magic Perfume” in First Kiss #5, Sept. 1958. The story begins on Page 3.

Curious to see more? Click the link above to read the entire vintage comic book for free on ComicBookPlus.com.

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SCENE: A man and woman are talking. (She has her eyes closed.) There's a starry night sky behind them.

MAN: So you’ll love me forever?

WOMAN: Oh, for sure! For Always! Forever! At least...for now!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Character Color: Dan McConnell
Forever Writing Gags: John Lustig

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Valentine Sex

Valentine Sex

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Vince Colletta from the story “Involuntary Bride” from First Kiss #40, Jan. 1965. Charlton. The story begins on Page 24.

Curious to see more? Click the link above to read the entire vintage comic book for free on ComicBookPlus.com.

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WOMAN: Valentine’s Day is about love! it’s not just an excuse to have crazy, hot sex!

MAN: Right! Because who needs an excuse?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

1965 Art: Vince Colletta Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Crazy, Hot Writer: John Lustig

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A Valentine Sampler

A Valentine Sampler

More Valentine fun from Mike (Lover Boy) Pascale! One more Valentine gag to go. See you tomorrow!

Original Vintage Art & Text

Pencils by Bob Powell in the story “I Was the Loneliest Girl In School” from Hi-School Romance #3, Feb. 1950. Harvey Comics. The story starts on Page 11.

Curious to see more? Click the link above to read the entire vintage comic book for free on ComicBookPlus.com.

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SCENE: A man (who looks a lot like Jimmy Olsen) and a angry woman (who sorta looks like Lois Lane) are talking.

MAN: You don’t like the Valentine candy I gave you?!!

WOMAN: You ate half! And nibbled on the rest!

MAN: But, sweetie, I only ate them...to make sure they were good enough for you!

1950 Pencils: Bob Powell Re-ink & Color: Allen Freeman
New Facial Expressions Mike Pascale
Humor: Mike Pascale & John Lustig

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You Just Won the Super Bowl…

You Just Won the Super Bowl…

Tony Isabella actually wrote this gag way back in March of 2023. I’ve just been holding on to it, waiting for the perfect day to run it!. This seemed to be it!

—John Lustig

Original Vintage Art & Text

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia from the story “Belated Love” in First Kiss #36, Feb. 1964. Charlton. The story starts on Page 23.

Curious to see more? Click the link above to read the entire vintage comic book for free on ComicBookPlus.com.

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SCENE: A quarterback and his girlfriend are being photographed and interviewed by members of the press about the football game.

REPORTER: Ron Grady...you just won the Super Bowl! What are you going to do next?

QUARTERBACK: I’m going to auction off...my personally deflated footballs...and take this cougar to Disney World!

GIRLFRIEND: That’s right, girls! He’s my quarterback...and I’m his tight end!

1964 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Alascia
Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Writer: Tony Isabella

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