Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Looney Tunes" (DC) # 133, Feb. 2006: "Prospects Don't Look Good"

While the "classic" Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies comics of the 1940's-1960's are certainly great, there are few of them that can make the reader laugh out loud from start to finish. Not so with the modern-day DC stories. Many of them, like this one from 2006, are total home runs. In this case, we have one of many stories in which the writers use odd pairings of characters who never appeared together in the classic cartoons. Pete Puma, star of one classic Bugs Bunny short ("Rabbit's Kin, 1952)is looking for a new home, but wherever he goes, Yosemite Sam is there digging for gold. Writer Frank Strom perfectly plays on Pete's naive stupidity and Sam's bluster, while artist David Alvarez makes both characters practically jump off the page with wacky energy and expressions.

If only the modern Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network would do something like this once in a while!

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