Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bugs Bunny Comic Strips

The following comes to us from cartoonist and comic strip fan extraordinaire, Charles Brubaker:

"The Bugs Bunny comic strip was syndicated by Newspaper Enterprises Association, whose comic strip titles include, but not limited to, Eek & Meek, Arlo & Janis, and Alley Oop. It ran in newspapers from 1942 to 1993.

Various artists have worked on the strip, including Chase Craig, Roger Armstrong, and even Tom McKimson.

Bugs Bunny comic strips posted here are from 1973, and were drawn by Ralph Heimdahl and written by Al Stoffel. They were scanned from Menomonee Falls Guardian, which ran the strip as fillers."

Clearly, Heimdahl and Stoffel didn't understand Bugs or any of the other characters. Judging by these samples, their idea of humor was to place characters in a generic suburban setting, and the gags came from one character being mean to another. It's not too unlike the current "The Looney Tunes Show". Note that some of the things Bugs does in these strips are much better suited for Daffy Duck, but Daffy never appeared in the strip. Heimdahl and Stoffel seemed content with just Bugs, Porky Pig, Petunia Pig, Cicero Pig, Elmer Fudd, and Sylvester.

Click here to see these...if you're brave.