The old Dell release of the Bambi comic and Tokyopo’s new Cine-Manga fummetti adaptation compare for this week’s Real Heroes.
Walt Disney’s fifth fully animated feature was released in 1942. A comic book adaptation soon followed which has been reissued numerous times in many formats.
As usual, the adaptation is very faithful to the feature and unlike many of the other adaptations, it is not as dependent upon the reader to have seen the film to appreciate the comic book. It concerns the life of Bambi, the male deer growing up with his forest friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. The character Thumper was so popular that he was spun-off to a series of new comic book adventures soon after.
The comic book adaptations of Bambi have appeared many times, starting from the first version in Four Color #12. That story has been reprinted many times, but for this version, a return to the source material was in order, as the Cine-Manga uses actual still frame blow-ups from the feature film. It is debatable as to whether this is an improvement but it is definitely more true to the source. Bambi and his forest friends have never looked so authentically portrayed.
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