Thursday, June 14, 2012

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies # 66 (Dell) April 1947: "Money Bunny"

The "wealthy doppelganger" plot is a staple in cartoons and comics, and in all forms of fiction. So it's no surprise that someone decided to try it on Bugs Bunny in this wonderful 1947 story from "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" (Dell) # 66.

Bugs Bunny is tired of living in a hole in the ground, but finds out that he can barely afford a doorknob, let alone the home of his dreams. Enter Humphrey Hare, a wealthy tycoon who looks just like Bugs. Humphrey goes on vacation and leaves Bugs in his place. Bugs wastes no time in blowing through Mr. Hare's money, smearing his public image and sinking his business. Bugs doesn't do it out of spite or any malicious intent, he does it just by being Bugs Bunny, which adds the real comedy to this story.

The ending is kind of a cop-out, but the journey is more fun than the destination anyway!

1 comment:

  1. At least penciled by Tom McKimson (doesn't look like he inked it or did the final lettering), this is the kind of Bugs story I enjoyed the most as a kid. You just can't beat that art.