Posts Tagged ‘Bugs Bunny’

Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2021 by Barry

Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies (1950) 1

At 128 pages, the November 1 release of this 25-cent giant may give the reader enough time to finish it by Christmas.

Dell Publishing Co., released this ad-free Christmas comic in 1950. Included were stories, puzzles, holiday sheet music and more.

The book begins with Bugs reclining beneath a leafless tree waiting for Christmas to arrive.

His musings are interrupted by a bird bearing a letter. Intercepting the post, Bugs learns it is addressed to the local chimney sweep. Upon opening the missive, the local sweep learns Santa wants all the chimneys cleaned before he arrives Christmas Eve.

Bugs offers to help the daunted sweep and the two set about their chores.

In the process Bugs ruins Elmer Fudd’s trimmed tree. To make amends, the bunny sets out to cut down a fresh one.

While in the woods, Bugs meets a shepherd looking for Santa Claus. Bugs learns the shepherd builds miniature mechanical men who help make the presents.

At the shepherd’s shop, Bugs discovers a giant robot who then rampages through the countryside until Bugs provides some kindred spirit to calm the construct of iron.

All’s well that ends well when Bugs returns to Elmer’s with a replacement tree and the gang stops by to put presents underneath.

The story is followed by a two-page spread of a game version of the previous story.

Bugs Bunny’s Famous Funnies (1950) 1

Bugs Bunny’s Famous Funnies (1950) 1

Porky Pig shares the spotlight with Bugs in the second story. This fantastical tale has nothing to do with Christmas unless you count the avarice both share as they search for the mythical money tree.

Their journey takes them to a far-away kingdom and back courtesy of a magical pencil.

Two pages of Fascinating Facts About Christmas follow.

Sylvester the Cat is up next. His furry fanny is tossed to the snow on Christmas Eve in this nameless story.

His fortune seems to change when he meets Angus Macrory looking for a watch dog that same night. Sylvester uses his feline charms to convince the Scotts man he can do as good a job as any canine.

However, no good job goes unpunished, or something like that. Sylvester finds himself back in the snow when he stops Santa from making an unannounced delivery.

Party Pastime is a prose tale starring the Looney Tunes gang.

Bully Trouble stars Henry Hawk outside the Christmas season. He must find a way to solve his bully troubles so he can make a soapbox racer.

The holidays return with Sniffles and Mary Jane’s Christmas Eve adventure.

Mary Jane is able to shrink to mouse-size and join Sniffles under the tree to wait for Santa. They doze off and are mistaken for dolls to be delivered to other children. Handy elves save the eve and both return home for Christmas morning.

Emler and Daffy Duck team for a story better suited for President’s Day. The lazy drake finds himself a slave to Elmer when he can’t fly south for the winter. A non-politically correct ending stalls a whip-wielding Elmer.

Bugs takes a wrong turn at “Albee-Kirkee” to find himself sunning at the South Pole. Twerpo the penguin takes a liking to Bugs who doesn’t return the feelings. But, Bugs can’t allow his admirer to become dinner and cross dresses to save Twerpo.

Bugs decides to stay when he learns days are six-months long and the Aurora Australis will keep him warm.

Little Pancho Vanilla teaches his papacito a lesson when the elder matador tries to force his profession on his son.

The book finishes with another prose short and a printed version of the 1949 Holiday for Drumsticks short starring Daffy.

Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2021 by Barry

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Another wrong turn leads Bugs from his Miami Beach destination.

Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd butt heads in Dental Fuss. It’s also the catalyst to celebrate(?) National Dentists Day.

To commemorate the day, show your dentist you’ve improved your oral health regimen, commit to better dental habits, raise awareness, schedule a dental checkup, smile and/or take a photograph with your dentist and do a shout-out on social media accounts.

Looney Tunes (1994) 180

Looney Tunes (1994) 180

This National Calendar Day is held March 6 each year.

Medical Cat-tention, the second of three medical-oriented stories this issue, places Sylvester, Tweety and Granny uses a hospital backdrop for usual chase scenes.

Finally, Hubie and Bertie torture their usual feline foil with Elmer part of the problem in A Doctor in the Mouse.

Another static Looney Tunes feature, but you still hear the theme in your mind.

Posted Friday, October 30th, 2020 by Barry

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Pismo Beach remains as elusive as ever in Hare-A 51.

Bugs and Daffy go astray as they attempt another vacation. Elmer is the foil as the pair spoof the X-Files, cross dress and, finally, enlist the aid of an alien to get them to their destination.

The Shiny is, as you may have guessed, a send up of Stephen King’s The Shining.

Looney Tunes (1994) 71

Looney Tunes (1994) 71

Porky Pig and Sylvester the Cat rehash their roles from the 1948 Merrie Melodies Scaredy Cat animated short; right down to the mouse who incited incidents.

Scribe Craig Boldman even shows the short-lived, self-described “New Magazine of Weird Humor!” Plop! – 1973 to 1976 – some love.

Tazzy-Doo, Where Are You? is a straight up, send up of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

Conundrum Co., made up of Fredhorn, Daphnie-Bunny, Veltunia, Daffy and Tazzy-Doo, are monster hunting in a mask factory Halloween night. Jesse Leon McCann leaves no Hanna-Barbera trope untouched as the writer weaves an abstract adventure.

Who’s the villain? Who is unmasked? Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Gossamer, something unexplainable and, finally, the real culprit. I won’t spoil the fun so go find this issue yourself.

Happy Halloween.

Posted Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 by Barry

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Happy Halloween.

Or, it should be. Frank Strom offers a candid view of Christmas commercialism and how the holiday is affecting other red-numbered calendar days.

Looney Tunes (1994) 167

Looney Tunes (1994) 167

Only two days to Halloween and Witch Hazel doesn’t have any candy. Simple enough solution. Hop on her broom and head to the local mega-mart.

But, it’s not that easy.

On Oct. 29, instead of Jack o’ Lanterns she finds Christmas trees, tinsel and other Tanenbaum trimmings. Halloween has been usurped.

After a warehouse interval, Hazel heads north – far north – to speak to the man in red himself. When she finally is granted an audience, Hazel has words with Santa. Those words lead to a truth the big man never considered.

Host Felix Faust follows with a one-page Super Friends Super Stumper.

Hazel returns for a romp through the fairy tales in Spell It Out and Bugs helps Porky Pig find a loophole to save his soul from Daffy “Devil” Duck.

Not a bad cover-to-cover read near the spookiest night of the year.

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 by Barry

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Every Witch Way has Witch Hazel stomping through the fairy tales. All with Bugs as her agent earning his 15 percent the hard way.

Daffy Duck shows even Gossamer can have a new look in Bad Scare Day.

Looney Tunes (1994) 155

Looney Tunes (1994) 155

Finally, Sylvester sheds eight of his nine lives with Elmer in House of Horror in another take on the couple’s haunted house routine.

Looney Tunes has been a staple of the four-color community since Dell Publishing first offered Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics beginning in 1941 and continuing to 1955. The success of the original book led to Bugs’ self-titled book the following year. It ran from 1942 to 1962.

Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, Daffy Duck and the Road Runner all had their own books, as well.

Gold Key/Whitman licensed the Looney Tunes gang from 1962 to 1984. Numbering picked up from Dell’s books.

After a 10-year hiatus, Bugs and gang returned to the comic book racks in 1993 with a three-issue Bugs Bunny mini. The main Looney Tunes book began in 1994.

Posted Monday, May 18th, 2020 by Barry

Looney Tunes (1994) 10

The Looney Tunes revamp with DC offered its first of several seasonal outtings with issue 10.

Bugs and Daffy are struggling chimney sweeps in How the Wabbit Saved Christmas. Elmer is just struggling with his Christmas spirit. To buoy Fudd’s flagging festiveness, the duo decorates the fretting homeowners’ abode. That ends in disaster with demolition bringing Santa down.

To save Christmas – and give the story’s title credence – Bugs dons the red union suit and Daffy the red reindeer nose. Their travels take them to Tasmania, Paris and Mexico for special gifts before returning home.

Looney Tunes (1994) 10

Looney Tunes (1994) 10

The story has a happy ending for all but the Jolly One himself.

Sylvester’s is Trapped Up in the spirit of snooping in the second yuletide offering.

Bugs tortures Elmer in an untitled final funny of the book. Daffy has a walk-on guest appearance.

Readers were also treated to ‘A Carrot Christmas.’ This counting exercise helps Bugs learn how many carrots were left under his tree.

Tweety’s Twee Twimming Tips is a word search for items normally adorning the annual Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas from the denizens of the Looney Tunes universe – even if the big day is seven months off.

Posted Friday, February 14th, 2020 by Barry

Looney Tunes (1994) 171

It’s Valentine’s Day. I’ve gotta get this one right. Not only is it supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but it is also my anniversary.

Our anniversary.

Sandy’s and mine.

She has nothing to do with the Web site, but she might see it at some point.

So, happy Valentine’s Day from the Looney Tune’s gang.  Issue 171 promised “Heart-Pounding Giggles Ahead!”


Looney Tunes 171

Looney Tunes 171

It does.

Just read the kicker over the title.

While the cover reads ‘There’s Something About Taz,’ the story title is ‘The Debonair Devil.’ Pepe Le Pew steals more than just the spotlight in this torrid tale of love lost and won.

Daffy Duck and Foghorn Leghorn yuck it up for a two-page side tickler.

Bugs gets the girl in ‘Roll Out the Bunny’ for the second and final Valentine’s Day tale in the book.

Elmer Fudd gives up hunting – for this issue – after tackling technology in ‘Reach Out and Bugs Someone.’

If you’re still looking for that perfect last-minute gift, this may do the trick…but, probably not.  Comic books aren’t as cool when girls are looking at them.  If they are, you’ve found a keeper.

Hope your day of romance is a good one.

Cutting this short to spend some time with my Valentine.

Posted Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 by Barry

Bugs Bunny (1953) 46

Bugs Bunny issue 46 sports a Christmas cover for the December/January 1956 dated comic book, but none of the material inside reflect the season.

Bugs Bunny (1953) 46

Bugs Bunny (1953) 46

In “Mountie’s Mistake,” Bugs is desperate to become one of the Royal Mounted Policemen. Instead he is relegated to filling oat bags for the horses. In an attempt to make the force he undertakes a mistaken manhunt for Porky rather than the real criminal.

“Big Injun Ambush” is colorful in title and synopsis as a wayward Native American tries to stop the local train.

Sylvester and Tweety tear down the neighborhood in a cycle of life struggle during “House Hunt.”

“Firewood” is the only story with a winter flavor. Bugs and Elmer vacation at the latter’s cabin. Bugs makes due with local materials for warmth.

Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 by Barry

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Bugs saves his hide from a rabbit stew by saving Christmas.

Bugs Bunny (1962) 109

Bugs Bunny (1962) 109

The Old Man of the Mountain has decreed there will be no Christmas for 1961. A single father attempts to ease the pain by providing a good holiday dinner for his children. When they learn their hero is the main course, the children protest.

In return Bugs promises to put matters right and sets off to visit the Old Man of the Mountain. His nefarious plan is to shoot Santa from the sky as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds. That done, the Old Man can corner the toy market.

Bugs saves the day with help of a diminutive army. The evening ends with caroling around a present laden tree.

The story is reprinted from Dell’s Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies (1950) issue five.

Numbering for the series is hard to follow. Gold Key picked up the numbering from the Dell run lasting from issues one through 85. Whitman continued the Dell numbering publishing from 210 to 245.

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2019 by Barry

Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies (1950) 5

Bugs and friends starred in the self-titled Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies from 1950 to 1958 under the Dell imprint.

Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies (1950) 5

Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Funnies (1950) 5

The fifth installment includes:

  • Bugs saving Christmas from the Old Man of the Mountain;
  • Porky Pig finding the error of his ways in the Bizzaro world of Backward’s Valley;
  • Tweety and Sylvester tearing a department store apart as the hungry cat tries to fulfill the flighty bird’s wishes;
  • Elmer and Daffy squaring off with explosive results as a parade loses its float;
  • Bugs and Elmer headlining in a one-page gag;
  • Petuna Pig with piggy bank woes that Pork cannot fix;
  • Little used Henery Hawk making an appearance and earning a shiner;
  • Mary Jane and Sniffles forming an unusual bond to locate their run away gifts;
  • Porky and Petuna returning for a mashed up, mix up; and
  • Bugs isn’t the only one to suffer when his pretending becomes pretentious.

All in 100 pages for a quarter.

While a bargain today, a quarter in 1955 is currently the equivalent of $4.70. Of course a regular comic book runs four dollars. Maybe it’s still a bargain.