Friday, June 12, 2009

Four Color #200: Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears

During Chuck Jones tenure as a director with Warner Brothers, he developed some memorable nemeses for Bugs Bunny such as Marvin the Martian, Gossamer (also called "Rudolph" in early appearances, The Crusher, the incredible bull from that bull-fighting cartoon, Baby-Face Finster, and Witch Hazel. He also created a hilarious version of the Three Bears, featuring a quick tempered Papa Bear, a ditzy Mama Bear, and a half-wit giant Baby Bear. Their debut was in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" (1944).

One odd thing about this comic is that Bugs is completely out of character. He is almost timid in his encounter with the Bears, and never once does he give them the business. In fact, the only character who gets physically hurt is Bugs himself, and that's just wrong. But I present it here for historical purposes, since I don't believe the Three Bears made many appearances in these early comic books, and it is pretty fun to see them in print.

The artwork is credited to Roger Armstrong.

"Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" is from Four Color #200 (1948):


Sunday, June 07, 2009

More Churchy la Femme and Howland Owl by Walt Kelly

"Down With the Sea and Ships" is from Pogo Possum #10 (July-Sept. 1952):


Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Quick Helping of Junior Woodchuck

"Helpless on Purpose" is from Huey, Dewey and Louie: Junior Woodchucks #1 (1966)

Pencils by Tony Strobl, inked by Steve Steere



Valentín VN said...

Lovely story.

But I think this girls don't need any help, at least not more than the Junior Woodchucks.

June 7, 2009 3:07 PM

Doug said...

Thanks for commenting , Valentin!

I also like this story. I think Tony Strobl did some wonderful work drawing the "Duck Universe" characters. In future I plan to put up some of his work from Beagle Boys #1.

June 9, 2009 12:27 AM

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