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Looney Tunes #150

Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2007
By: Ray Tate



"Daffy Duck Behind the Cartoons"

Writer: Joey Cavaleri
Artists: Lots
Publisher: DC

For their one-hundred-and-fiftieth issue the folk at Looney Tunes come up with a laugh riot celebrating grade-Z ham Daffy Duck. Joey Cavaleri rests behind the madness, and every page makes you laugh. Multiple artists do not spoil this brew. Rather they enhance the flavor.

We open at a series of interviews with the inhabitants of Warner Brothers Studio. What do you think of Daffy Duck? Their answers are outright hilarious and brought to crystaline model by Neal Sternecky and colorist Dave Tanguay. What follows is a retrospective of Daffy Duck's long film career.

We begin with Calveri teaming up with Stephen DeStafano for a black and white send-up of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. It starts out like Metropolis albeit with a porcine Maria and a Fudd for a Rotwang, but it morphs into something different thanks to Daffy's ego to produce something ludicrously bad--a feeling backed up by Martian press clippings.

Calveri and Peter Bagge are up next for "O Martian Where Art Thou?" This short spoofs the Blob and casts Daffy as big-mouthed General in charge of a platoon of astoundingly ineffectual Tunes. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Daffy's ego wouldn't allow him to be upstaged by co-stars, and his visual over-the-top look goes hand in hand with his overacting.

Bugs tries to stop Daffy using The Ring as his method. Sadly, the mallard doesn't listen, and Bob Fingerman turns Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Sign into a bizarre and stunningly beautiful black and white riff on "Duck! Rabbit! Duck! Fire!"

Calveri and Scott Shaw take on Moulin Rouge in "Moulin Stooge" which mixes in West Side Story for good measure to make something that if serious would have killed the musical genre. I can live with that.

After artist Mike Kunkel sports his style of Looney Tunes expression, Calveri and Aaron Weiner in a decidedly impressionistic mood slips Daffy into a Woody Allen film, and for some reason Calveri is always pairing Daffy up with female pigs. I'm wondering if this also isn't a statement on his hammy nature.

The book closes with Calveri and Chyna Clugston completely disguising her own art behind the look and feel of the Termite Terrace crowd for a Bollywood musical that turns into Oklahoma.

Looney Tunes had me in tears. Every joke is worth reading. The diverse art makes this issue visually special and indeed a celebration.



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