Bugs Bunny #196
(May 1978)

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.35 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1978-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Barcode
0335009007005
Editing
Del Connell

Issue Notes

[Sidecar Carrots] (Table of Contents)

Bugs Bunny / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Pete Alvarado
Inks
Bill Wright
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset; logo

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny
Synopsis
Bugs’ motorcycle sidecar doubles as a carrot garden.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; carrots; garden; motorcycle; sidecar

Indexer Notes

Alvarado and Wright credits from Alberto Becattini (2020).

Public Spooking (Table of Contents: 1)

Bugs Bunny / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Don R. Christensen
Pencils
Tom McKimson
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Larry Mayer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yessiree, Bugs! I got this place for peanuts! I’ll make a big profit when I sell it!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Yosemite Sam; Silly and Solly (Laurel and Hardy-like ghosts); movie producer; Charles Laughton-like ghost; two other ghosts; Elmer Fudd
Synopsis
Sam buys an old house to repair and flip, only to find it occupied by Silly and Solly, two Laurel and Hardy-like ghosts. Bugs and Sam easily rid themselves of the bumbling haunts, but then a horror movie producer shows up wanting to film in the old house and will pay big for some genuine ghosts! However, getting the ghosts to come back is not nearly as easy as having gotten them to leave.
Keywords
ghosts; haunted house; horror movie

The Talking Treasure Map (Table of Contents: 2)

Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom McKimson
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Larry Mayer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Many years ago on the high seas, Sam rescued Tugboat Doug from the hands of ruthless pirates…
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Yosemite Sam; Tugboat Doug (in flashback); pirates (in flashback); Lee Gally (lawyer); parrot; two shady treasure seekers; Waki Atchu fisherman; Waki Atchu big guy in hut
Synopsis
A parrot speaking cryptic directions is the key to finding a treasure left as an inheritance to Sam, and desired by two shady characters.
Keywords
parrot; pirates; sea or island setting; treasure

Indexer Notes

The parrot in this story is drawn to look much like Western Publishing’s Golden Magazine mascot “Cracky”. As this story’s penciler Tom McKimson was Western’s art director at the time the character of Cracky was created, perhaps he originally designed, or had a hand in the design of, Cracky – and returned to that character design here.

Rabbit Punch (Table of Contents: 3)

Bugs Bunny / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom McKimson
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Larry Mayer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey! Watch it! Somebody could get hurt!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Jawbreaker Jones (boxer); two scientists; Rudy Percent (fight promoter); ring announcer (looks like Shemp Howard); Biff Bama (boxer); boxing spectators
Synopsis
An experimental “super carrot” gives Bugs “...the power of ten men… for a while!”. For poor Bugs, that “while” comes when he’s in the boxing ring!
Keywords
boxing; fame-is-fleeting; strange chemical properties; strength; super carrot

Indexer Notes

The notion of a “super carrot” goes back to the 1943 Bugs Bunny theatrical short “Super Rabbit”, directed by Chuck Jones (presumably no relation to this story’s “Jawbreaker Jones”). Our story’s title, “Rabbit Punch”, is also the title of a 1948 Bugs Bunny theatrical short, again directed by Chuck Jones.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Sidecar Carrots]
    Bugs Bunny
  2. 1. Public Spooking
    Bugs Bunny
  3. 2. The Talking Treasure Map
    Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam
  4. 3. Rabbit Punch
    Bugs Bunny
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