Today, we begin a NEW "Subset Feature", to go along with the now-classic "Adventures in Comic-Boxing", "Separated At Mirth", and the irregularly-seen-but-just-as-beloved "I'm Not An Artist, But...", which have become mainstays of this Blog!
Welcome to "Please Explain This to Me", a new feature which begs (Okay, I won't "beg", but I'll ask nicely!) your participation in interpreting covers, gags, or story-bits that, for whatever reason, don't work quite as well as might have been intended!
Here is the cover to PORKY PIG # 84 (Gold Key Comics, Cover Date: September, 1978).
Please Explain This Cover to Me!
Sure, I get the Porky gag... Some fish, as well as much water, have breached his skin diving mask and since, like most toons, Porky doesn't need to breathe air to survive underwater (or, in space, etc.) he can just derive placid bemusement from the gently floating fish!
But what is BUGS doing there?
He's not a part of the gag!
He's not reacting TO the gag, as an observer.
He shouldn't even be there at all!
Let's consider the different possibilities, regardless of how crazy or illogical...
1: Porky is actually spear-fishing in a large aquarium tank (Naughty, naughty!), and Bugs is peering through the Plexiglas window or viewport!
...But, if so, how does that "pink wavy disturbance in the water" CIRCLE BEHIND BUGS?
2: It's a 8 x 10 PHOTOGRAPH or POSTER of Bugs that has fallen overboard, and has slowly drifted down to the depths visited by Porky!
Then, wouldn't the presumably flat-on-paper-or-cardboard-stock image of Bugs be CURLED or ROLLED in some way, and not appear as a flat rectangle?
3: Someone CUT OUT a rectangular portion of the cover, perhaps to clip an ad coupon on the other side, and that is an INTERIOR IMAGE OF BUGS, from inside the book, looking out at Porky and us!
That might make sense, but for the fact that Bugs is stationary and looking directly out at the reader! Nothing indicates that we are looking through a CUT PORTION OF THE FRONT COVER, and seeing a snippet of a first-page interior panel! ...Like THIS simulated one!
4: Bugs is simply doing one of his "sudden-dimensional-appearing-tricks" that he practiced waaay back when he was the "Proto-Rabbit" antagonist of the 1939 cartoon "Prest-o Change-o"!
Um, maay-bee... But he's really not heckling Porky with this vaudeville era feat of magic! I don't think he'd go through all this just to peek in on a pal!
WAIT! I'VE GOT IT! HOW SILLY OF ME! WHY, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT COULD POSSIBLY MAKE SENSE!
YES! Bugs is peering out of a PURPLE SUBMARINE so large that the cover-area can only reveal a very small portion of his behemoth craft! A SUBMARINE SO LARGE that it blocks-out anything else from being seen!
A submarine SO ADVANCED that it can send out holographic projections - as is Bugs before that solid orange backdrop - to warn Porky that it's time to come back in! ...That's how the "pink wavy disturbance in the water" can circle behind Bugs... It's only a hologram!
A submarine SO ADVANCED that even THESE TWO GUYS are envious!
But, Joe... you're probably asking... How did Bugs Bunny ever manage to get himself such an amazing submarine, that even Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane never dreamed of?
Well, since he didn't get it for Christmas, I was hoping YOU could tell ME that!
...Or, you could just... "Please Explain This Cover to Me"!
We'll have more installments of "Please Explain This to Me", that's a threat AND a promise! In the meantime, you are welcome to... "Please Explain This Cover to Me"!