Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Looney Tunes" #2 (DC) May 1994: "Gotcha Covered"

The earliest issues of the DC "Looney Tunes" comic book series weren't very good. But that's a compliment, considering they were picking up where the comics of the late 1970's and early 80's left off (and those were an all-time low.) In fact, the earliest issues had some memorable highlights.

The first, in this blogger's humble opinion, came in issue # 2 from May of 1994. Beginning with issue # 1, it was clear that the writers and artists wanted to try what was previously thought impossible: make the Road Runner and Coyote comics mimic the cartoons, without (GASP!) dialogue! Who better to start it off than Brett Koth, assistant to Jim Davis on the "Garfield" comic strip, and author of the short-lived (but funny) Bugs Bunny comic strip from 1991-2?

Koth was heavily involved in the DC "Looney Tunes" series for several years thereafter, usually contributing short-and-sweet gags.

This Road Runner bit from issue # 2, entitled "Gotcha Covered",(By Koth and artist Neil Grahame) is proof that Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner can be just as funny in comics as in animation...and it was only the beginning of the greatness the DC writers and artists would eventually achieve with the characters.


  1. I remember thinking the same thing when I saw this story. Back in those days, it was rare to see comics capturing an animated feel with their artwork. This was a nice step forward and sneak peek at what the series could do for the Looney Tunes...

  2. Gee, thanks for publishing those comics.
    I used to watch the cartoons, and this comic is very well done.