Bugs Bunny #239
([June 1983])

Western, 1962 Series
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Price
0.60 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1983-03-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Whitman W [with Face]
Editing
Del Connell (editor)

Issue Notes

Publication date and on-sale (print) date per The Comic Reader #209.

No cover date appears on cover or in indicia. Cover code: 90070. New stories inside bear a 1982 year of copyright for a 1983 released issue. The indicia displays a 1982 year of copyright for new stories. Reprinted stories bear 1962 and 1961 years of copyright in the indicia and on the stories themselves, per their original printing.

No interior ads in this issue. Ads are limited to inside and back covers. All 32 interior pages are comics or comics-related text material.

[Defensive Catcher] (Table of Contents)

Bugs Bunny / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Pete Alvarado
Inks
Bill Wright
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Porky Pig; Tweety Bird
Synopsis
Catcher Bugs protects himself from batter Porky's backswing by wearing Tweety's cage over his head.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; baseball; batter; birdcage; catcher; umpire

Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Whitman Comics; Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Whisker Power (Table of Contents: 2)

Bugs Bunny / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bugs has just popped out of his hole into trouble...
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Western Logo 2 Horseshoe-Like Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Dr. Zonker; Clarence (Dr. Zonker's assistant); robot guard dog; Butch Benton; bullied kid; cat lady; Kiki (cat); truck driver; The Bin Brothers (bank robbers); police officer
Synopsis
Mad inventor Dr. Zonker captures Bugs to use his rabbit whiskers as filaments for an invention that will generate great power. Trying to escape, Bugs blunders into Dr. Zonker's lab where his whiskers are charged-up by the doctor's equipment, transforming him into a super rabbit. A super rabbit is just what the burgling Bin Brothers need to bust into a bank and so they try to gain the bunny's confidence.
Keywords
bank robbers; inventor; science-out-of-control; super-strength; whiskers

Indexer Notes

New story.

Subbing for Fudd (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
(Sigh!) Elmer is away on vacation... and long ago I plucked all the carrots from his patch!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Porky Pig
Synopsis
With Elmer Fudd on a long vacation, a bored Bugs asks Porky Pig to act as a "substitute Fudd" for the rabbit's amusement. However, upon returning to his old shenanigans, Bugs finds Porky to be a more worthy adversary than Elmer ever was.
Keywords
battle of wits; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; character-substitution; escalating events; uncharacteristic situation

Indexer Notes

New story.

Poodle Problems (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bugs, I need a sitter for my poodle, Mitzi!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Mitzi (poodle); Petunia Pig; encyclopedia salesman; dog lady; Gigi (poodle)
Synopsis
Bugs agrees to doggie-sit for Petunia's pet poodle. All goes well... for a few minutes.
Keywords
best of intentions; dog-sitting; poodle

Indexer Notes

New story.

A Flood of Fun (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Don R. Christensen
Pencils
Fred Abranz
Inks
Fred Abranz
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?
Editing
Chase Craig (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey! Hold back the water front! You'll flood out my whole homestead!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Elmer Fudd; Daffy Duck
Synopsis
Elmer drains the run-off from his new well into a depression adjacent to Bugs’ rabbit hole, forming a new pond. Daffy notices the pond and moves in on it, to Bugs’ consternation. Daffy envisions the new set up of rabbit-hole-with-duck-pond as a headquarters from which they can both endlessly heckle Fudd. As an annoyed Bugs is about to give Daffy the boot, the new pond begins seeping – and then fully flowing – into the rabbit hole. Bugs and Daffy frantically cobble-together a solution to this sudden dilemma.
Reprints
Keywords
annoying visitor; escalating events; flood; heckling; leaks; pond; rabbit hole; unexpected intrusion; water; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

A theatrical animation-inspired romp, with good interaction between the resolute Bugs and the wacky-pest version of Daffy. Elmer doesn't stand a chance.

The Secret Weapon (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Don R. Christensen
Pencils
Tony Strobl
Inks
John Liggera
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Rome Siemen
Editing
Chase Craig (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now look, Bugs, the only reason I consented to bring a pestering rabbit like you along on this trip is because you promised you'd stay out of trouble and help me unload this cargo at port!
Feature Logo
Bugs Bunny [Dell / Western Logo Rounded Letters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Bugs Bunny; Yosemite Sam; Maharajah of Richypan; Maharajah's yacht captain; Maharajah's yacht's mate; two jewel thieves
Synopsis
Retired pirate Sam hauls a cargo of “Atomic Brand Cat Food” in order to make ends meet, with Bugs aboard ship to assist with the unloading. To remedy a case of shipboard boredom, Bugs finds a trunk containing flags from Sam’s old pirate days, and runs them up the flagpole as a lark. The flags include “the Jolly Roger”, prompting a response from the yacht of the Maharajah of Richypan. Spying a crate of cargo labeled “Atomic”, the Maharajah and his crew assume it to mean a weapon, surrender the Maharajah's jewels to Sam, and take off – only to run into a pair of actual seagoing jewel thieves.
Reprints
Keywords
cargo; flags; jewel thieves; Jolly Roger; mistaken identity; pirates; sea or island setting; ship; wrong impression; yacht

Little Lulu (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Whitman Comics; Little Lulu / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Western Publishing Company; Whitman Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Defensive Catcher]
    Bugs Bunny
  2. 1. Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks
    Whitman Comics; Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks
  3. 2. Whisker Power
    Bugs Bunny
  4. 3. Subbing for Fudd
    Bugs Bunny
  5. 4. Poodle Problems
    Bugs Bunny
  6. 5. A Flood of Fun
    Bugs Bunny
  7. 6. The Secret Weapon
    Bugs Bunny
  8. 7. Little Lulu
    Whitman Comics; Little Lulu
  9. 8. ["Meet your favorite comic characters and enjoy exciting adventure in... Whitman Comics."]
    Western Publishing Company; Whitman Comics
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