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Looney Tunes #122

Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"If the Earth Moves You..."
"Medical Cat-tention"
"Premium Blend Bunny

Writers:Various
Artists:Various
Publisher: DC

This is another fun-filled issue of Looney Tunes packed to the gills with Warner Brothers wackiness. In the first story Duck Dodgers and his young Space Cadet travel to a relaxation planet only to find an unwelcome cabana mate.

Frank Strom puts a nice spin on "Duck Amuck!" the classic Chuck Jones toon where Bugs Bunny as the artist puts Daffy Duck through exasperating paces. The difference in this latest cartoon comes from the mimicry of the classic by a science fiction device and the fact that Daffy knows what's going on and who happens to be behind the mischief. Strom then for a fitting finale fades to the familiar product of the Duck Dodgers duels to the death, or the serious hurt, against his foe.

In this cartoon, Neal Sternecky who has an affinity with Daffy, inker Scott McRae and David Tanguay provide painful looking moments of slapstick violence, sight gags galore and enjoyable wild takes. I also appreciated the serene alien sky backdrop which contrasted all the hi-jinks and kept the reader grounded in the science fiction realm.

Frank Strom returns for a Sylvester vs. Tweety toon. He prescribes an excellent venue for the war, keeps the reader in stitches through a running gag and an abundance of more slapstick violence, which is of course a good thing and certainly characteristic of the two characters. Omar Aranda and Alberto Saichann stretch the imagination of the story with acute sight gags, and Dave Tanguay's colors indicate the efficacy of pain.

Earl Kress then tries to catch your attention with two Ralph Phillips shorts. Quite frankly, I never liked this kid, and I'm afraid I still don't. The tales though are well-told, and the artwork matches what I remember from the tube.

The final story, "Premium Blend Bunny" percolates through Sam Argo's study of the more mature Bugs Bunny cartoons of Termite Terrace. Originally, Bugs Bunny started trouble, but slowly, the cartoons brewed a new formula. Bugs had to be agitated. Like a retired Prize Fighter, Bugs was content to stay at home, in his little hole in the ground. You had to stir him up to utter that famous line "Of course you realize this means war." Argo even makes certain in the scant pages that the shabby treatment of Bugs escalates to steam him into action.

With the little he has, Argo flavors the pages with as many Bugs Bunny schemes and examples of Yosemite Sam's ornery stupidity that he can. At one point, he employs a seldom used gag in which Sam immediately assumes he has previously unseen servers--that in fact turn out to have powderpuff tails. Aranda and Saichann spice up the scent of Sam's defeat with preludes of Bugs Bunny zaniness in which he defies physics only later to depend upon them for an explosive ending.



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