Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies"(Dell) #41, March 1945: "George Washington Bunny"

In this classic Bugs Bunny story from 1945, Bugs explains to Porky and Petunia Pig that his real name is George Washington Bunny. He tells of his childhood inability to tell a lie, which got him into more trouble than you'd expect! Bugs' plight seems to have followed him into adulthood, hence the reason he prefers to go by "Bugs"! The artwork, as you can see, is fantastic. I'm going to guess Tom McKimson, but I'm sure some of you readers can confirm that.


  1. Tom McKimson, all right.

    As far as I know, the use of quotes around Bugs' name—"Bugs" Bunny, a la HARE-UM SCARE-UM and earlier comics/merchandise—had gone on until shortly before this (I last see it in LTMM 22, 1943, though maybe I've missed a later usage).
    Perhaps that tradition led to this story: if it's a nickname, "Bugs" must have a real name he doesn't use often...

  2. “I *SUPPOSE* you don’t believe I was run over by a streetcar!” :-)

    Just another “hare-raising” tale from good ol’ Bugs!