Thursday, August 18, 2022

Mark Arnold:

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Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig + Paul Terry’s Comics

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Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig

Genre: Comedy, Anthropomorphic

Warner Bros. was looking for a major star to rival the star of their major competitor, Disney, named Mickey Mouse. After a few tries, they succeeded in the form of a stuttering pig named Porky Pig in 1935. Five years later, after a number of cartoons featuring prototype rabbit characters, lightning struck again with a character that even eclipsed Porky in popularity, Bugs Bunny. After a number of cartoons and comic books, this paper cover giant teamed up the Looney Tunes two biggest stars.

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Paul Terry’s Comics

Genre: Comedy

For unknown reasons, Terry-Toons Comics (featuring Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, and Gandy Goose) became Paul Terry's Comics (featuring the same characters), and then another series of Terry-Toons Comics began a year later. Confused? You bet. In any case, the Terry-Toons were successful theatrical cartoons for over 30 years, but are usually ignored in favor of the superior Looney Tunes and Walt Disney product. Eventually, the Terry-Toons created cartoons for television and yet another comic book series was devised called New Terrytoons!

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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