Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018 (and 1957) with Bugs Bunny!



We celebrated Christmas 2017 with Bugs Bunny in THIS POST, so why not ring in 2018 with him here! 

Above is the BACK COVER of BUGS BUNNY'S CHRISTMAS FUNNIES # 8 from 1957, and what a fitting illustration it is!  

And, just for the heck of it, here's the front cover!  
Ya really gotta love these things!  

We hope you'll make TIAH Blog a regular stop in 2018, as we've got lots of great things planned... of course you know what they say about "Best Laid Plans", but we'll try our best! 

August 2018 marks TEN YEARS of this Blog!  I don't know what we're gonna do yet - but I know there will be something!

For now, though, let's just look at the back cover of another issue of BUGS BUNNY'S CHRISTMAS FUNNIES!  This one is # 4 from 1953.  

The reason it's here is that it answers a long-standing question of mine... Which issue of what Bugs Bunny comic book title was the cover of 1966's BUGS BUNNY # 109 reprinted from?  


For the longest time, I checked the front cover of every Christmas or wintertime issue I could find, but never knew where this image was from.  

...That's because I never checked the BACK COVER of any of 'em!  Silly me! 

Happy New Year, 2018! 

Bonus "Front-Coverage" of BUGS BUNNY CHRISTMAS FUNNIES # 4! 

4 comments:

Elaine said...

Happy New Year to you and yours! On that last cover, I like the carrot star for the giant-carrot tree. I must say, though, that poor Petunia's perch looks positively precarious.

As promised, my two favorite New Year's movies: "Remember the Night" with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray--covers Christmas and New Year's, while they're at Fred's wholesome family's down-home Midwestern house, plus you get to see Fred milk a cow!--and newly discovered by me this year, "Holiday" with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. A New Year's Eve party at which Grant's engagement to Hepburn's sister is supposed to be announced is key. How did I never see this movie till this year? I have seen lots of classic movies of that era, and with those stars. Perhaps I missed noticing it (or even wrongly believed I had already seen it) because it has such a generic, non-attention-getting title. Anyway, it's *very* interesting as far as gender roles are concerned. What kind of woman should the guy be attracted to? Not a thoroughly feminist movie in contemporary terms, but it has a lot going for it in that direction.

Joe Torcivia said...

Elaine:

Happy New Year to you and yours – and Happy First Comment of 2018!

Despite being a woefully incurable romantic, I’ve actually never been a fan of “Romantic Comedies” – unless bolstered by an actor as great as James Cagney, as in “The Strawberry Blonde” or “The Bride Came C.O.D.”! So, it’s not all that surprising that I’m not familiar with these films. Though, I’d very much enjoy a “Golden Age” Romantic Comedy over any such film produced today. Then again, that goes for pretty much all films.

“Remember the Night” sure sounds like an inverse for its stars of “Double Indemnity” !

As for your experience with “Holiday”, one of the best things about life is that there always ARE great surprises left, just waiting to be discovered within the things we love: Films, TV, Books, Comics, Music, etc. …Just as with my own discovery this year of the wonderful lead story in BUGS BUNNY CHRISTMAS FUNNIES # 1 (recently discussed), not to mention the rest of the entire issue.

Sometimes, I feel that even if we lived forever, we’d never discover all the hidden treasure like these!

…Still, I’d like to “give it a try”, in case anyone who can do something about that is reading this!

Jaime de Andrade said...

Happy New Year to you and yours! (I might as well maintain the emerging pattern whereby every comment on this post begins these seven words). In all seriousness, though: Happy New Year to you and Esther.

My favorite New Year's movie would have to be the Rankin/Bass stop-motion special "Rudolph's Shiny New Year." Truth be told, this happens to be the only New Year's movie I've seen (at least that I can recall). But, come on: it combines Christmas and New Year's, and it features "archipelagoes of last years." On each of these islands, an past era of history -- such as medieval times or the American Revolution -- lives on. You can't beat that level of creativity. That's what I love about the Rankin/Bass stop-motion specials: they're all very, very original. I just wish Freeform (formerly ABC Family) would play "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" on New Year's Eve. If I had my own classic animation channel and had the rights to the Rankin/Bass specials, I would make "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" the very last thing my channel played on December 31 of each year.

I wonder if Bugs got the carrot Christmas tree on the last cover from his scientifically-minded cousin, who appears in one story in that Brazilian Looney Tunes comic book I've told you about. His name in that story is "Primo Inventivo," which translates to "Cousin Inventive." In that story, Inventivo visits Bugs. Bugs treats his cousin to some of Elmer Fudd's carrots, but Inventivo is unimpressed. As a result, he has Bugs plant some special seeds he's developed. Once Bugs has planted all the seeds, Inventivo injects a highly-concentrated solution of vitamins into the soil to speed up the carrots' growth. The result is a bunch of giant carrots.

Joe Torcivia said...

And, Happy New Year right back!

The idea of “Favorite New Year’s Movies” never even occurred to me, most likely because there are so few I can think of. But, leave it to my readers to come up with ‘em! I must say that you’ve just gotta love the imagination and creativity behind “archipelagoes of last years”!

Ah, and just what the comics world needs… yet another inventor! Every property has at least one, if not multiples! The comics Bugs Bunny would have already had Hedgerow Huppy but I guess, though, in this case, the inventor needed to be a rabbit!