Sunday, June 24, 2012

"Bugs Bunny's Vacation Funnies" #8 (Dell), 1958: "Beaver Battle"

When the Looney Tunes comics began in the 1940's, one of producer Leon Schlesinger's most popular characters was Sniffles the mouse. An early creation of director Chuck Jones, Sniffles was a sweet, cute character, much different from Schlesinger's growing stable of wiseguy rabbits, speech-impeded pigs and screwball ducks. So when faced with creating a comic book adaptation of the character, Western publishing editor Chase Craig recognized this, and decided to try something different with the character. Initially, Sniffles was thrown in as one of the gang, hanging out in a nameless suburbia along with Bugs, Porky, Elmer, Petunia and others. But he was eventually given his own feature that ran for over 20 years, serving as the magical liaison between a little girl named Mary Jane (named for Craig's wife) and a world of fantasy. "Mary Jane and Sniffles" stories usually begin with Mary Jane uttering the words "Magic words of poof poof piffles, make me just as small as Sniffles!" She then sprinkles magic sand on her head, and goes off to fantasy lands with her mouse pal.

The stories are not "Looney" at all, instead more along the lines of Winsor McCay, Disney and Lewis Carroll.

This one, "Beaver Battle", comes from "Bugs Bunny's Vacation Funnies" #8, 1958.


  1. Almost all of the Mary Jane & Sniffles stories of the 1950s and 1960s (including this one) were drawn by Disney stalwart Al Hubbard.

  2. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! I haven't seen this since the 50's!!!!!!