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Looney Tunes #111

Posted: Sunday, February 8, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Loch of Hare"
"Zip Drive"
"Daffy of the Apes"
"Dear Tabby"

Writers: Various
Artitsts: Various
Publisher: DC

Scott Cunningham in the first story takes Bugs back to Scotland for an encounter of the Nessie kind. Mr. Cunningham follows the Chuck Jones philosophy of Bugs being simply a laid-back sort of bunny unless crossed. The smallest pettiness likewise escalates him into outlandish action, and one very familiar antagonist gets muddied in the process.

Leo Batic splendidly captures the slapstick antics, and he also gives to Bugs' expression much subtlety, especially around the eyes and the motile ears. Inker Ruben Torriero performs a precision job that does not rob away any of the penciled depths, and Dave Tanguay keeps the colors natural and loamy for this unusual excursion.

Sholly Fisch picks up the Chuck Jones challenge in "Zip Drive." He cleverly takes in account how technology may help sate the Coyote's hunger for Road Runner stew, but naturally he has Wile E.'s super-genius undone by the hapless canine's loyalty to Acme Products and surprisingly but uniquely the laws of gravity.

As Mr. Tanguay keeps the panels sun drenched and parched, artists Pablo Zamboni and Mr. Torriero give Wile E. a sly look that suits his character. Isn't it ironic that the Warner Brothers toons often have more distinctive personalities than those of sit-com characters?

While "Daffy of the Apes" isn't exactly a laugh-riot, it's still better than that Tarzan in the city the WB attempted to foist on an unsuspecting public. Mr. Cunningham doesn't capture Daffy's zaniness nor his greed. He's out of his elements and acts more as an everybird stuck in a loincloth. Robert Pope and Mike DeCarlo however make the reader howl when depicting Daffy's adopted family.

Brian Swenlin and Sholly Fisch were on the same wavelength for this issue of Looney Tunes. Mr. Swenlin also shows Sylvester using technology to aid him in his pursuit of a Tweety casserole. Readers should figure out on the first page the punchline to the particular joke, but the unfolding of the joke is fun, and David Alvarez with Mike DeCarlo send out laugh out loud slapstick by rendering Sylvester's pain and cartoon body trauma.



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