So, I’m officially launching the Last Kiss Halloween and horror gags for this year! Most will be brand new. A few—because I’m having cataract surgery this week and again later in the month—will be re-runs. So let the giggles (and groaning) begin!
SCENE: A female vampire, Frankenstein's monster and a human skeleton are in a graveyard. A witch is flying on a broomstick in the sky.
VAMPIRE: Halloween used to be such good, clean fun! Murders! Blood baths! Mars bars! But now…Now we just terrorize Last Kiss readers with ghastly gags!
Frankenstein's Monster: If I wasn’t already dead, I’d die of shame!
SKELETON: Ugh! Lustig’s humor wears me down to the bone!
WITCH: Watta buncha cry babies! Don’t they know…life’s a witch!
Art: A.I. Witchcraft Monstrous Mirth: John Lustig
Happy Easter from my frequent partner in comic book mirth Mike Pascale and me!
I should point out that the credits don’t tell the whole story here. Allen Freeman did color the woman in this image. But Mike Pascale colored everything else and significantly modified the art from its original romance comic look.
Original Vintage Art & Text
Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “The Gay Deception” in First Kiss #8, 1959. Published by Charlton.
Curious to see more? Click this link to read the entire vintage comic book for free. This panel is from Page 12 of ComicBookPlus.com’s presentation of the comic. The story begins on Page 3.
SCENE: A large, humanoid Easter Bunny has his back turned to us and is facing his wife (Mrs. Bunny.) In the background on shelves are a large number of Easter baskets. In each basket there's one Easter egg and one dollar.
MRS. BUNNY: See? our investments are safe! I made sure we don’t have all our eggs in one basket!
EASTER BUNNY (thinking): <Groan> This is what I get for marrying a beach bunny!
1959 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Color: Allen Freeman
Eggcellent Humor: Mike Pascale & John Lustig
Original Vintage Art & Text
Curious to see more? Click this link to read the entire vintage comic book for free. This panel is from Page 31 of ComicBookPlus.com’s presentation of the comic. The story begins on Page 26.
SCENE: Young woman with yellow and pink hair crying, with her hands covering her face.
CAPTION: At first, Ella was egg-cited! Surely she’d meet some-bunny special at the Easter party! But Ella’s fragile, emotional shell cracked when she realized that...even though she was a good egg, she’d never get laid!
1952 Art: Nina Albright Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira
Rotten Egg: John Lustig
Daffy, it’s definitely Rabbit Season…
YOUNG WOMAN IN A PLAYBOY BUNNY-TYPE SUIT, HOLDING A BASKET OF EASTER EGGS: Wow! You’re right. This is more fun when I don’t scramble them!
Art: A.I. Magic Egg-Head Writer: John Lustig