Looney Tunes Comics blog

Looney Tunes mega-fan Matthew Hunter (of the Misce-Looney-Ous blog) has started another worth-while project for the benefit of mankind. It’s a new site dedicated to showcasing Looney Tunes stories from classic (and some modern) Looney Tunes comics, an aspect of the Looney Tunes universe that we can all agree has been woefully neglected and under-appreciated for too long.

Hunter is highlighting the amazing work of artists including Pete Alvarado, Phil DeLara, Vivie Risto, Tom McKimson, David Alvarez, Walter Carzon, and many, many others both credited and uncredited. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, not to mention lesser lights like Henery Hawk, Merlin the Magic Mouse and other favorites are all here, in full color scans of stories ranging from the early to mid 1940′s to the early 2000′s, from Dell, Goldkey, Whitman, and DC… from his huge personal collection and from some “donations”. Check out the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics blog – with the iPad making it easier than ever to read comics online, this is a much needed resource – or at least, I think so.


  • Sackerson

    Cool Cat looks remarkably like the Pink Panther.

  • Steve Halvorsen

    After seeing this I’m on my way to revisit my Dell / Gold Key Looney Tunes comics. Thank you Matthew Hunter!

  • Andre

    Why is Cartoon Brew spotlighting a pirate blog? Many of the comics from the 90′s and 00′s likely have royalty contracts in place for their creators, given DC’s policies, and I doubt this guys paying them. Shame on CB

    • http://whataboutthad.com Thad

      Yeah, because the guys that draw characters they didn’t create for corporate giants get paid so well, right? God forbid a fan puts up some low-rez scans to celebrate the actual cartoonists and writers. I’m sure Dave Alvarez is shitting blood over Matthew’s site. Physician, heal thyself.

      • http://johnpannozzi.blogspot.com John Pannozzi

        Yeah, but in fairness, at least DC pays consist royalties to everyone who worked on their stuff, even reprints of the old stuff made work-for-hire contracts in comic book industry were the stuff of nightmares.

        Compare that to Marvel or even Disney in general, who generally only pay incentives for reprints, and don;’t pay any royalties to the estates of deceased creators.

        Now I know DC doesn’t pay royalties for collections of licensed properties like Doc Savage, so I’m sure if other Time-Warner properties count or not, but my point still stands.

        But, yeah, this isn’t really hurting anyone.

  • http://staytoonedmagazine.com John Read

    I am very appreciative of sites like this, but wonder if there aren’t copyright violations involved.

  • http://Goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    I bought the comics, and decided to post selected stories from them that I liked. I’m no more of a “pirate” than people who resell these comics in comic shops and online for 3 times what they were originally worth. If there was any officially licensed way to see this stuff, (like Disney and superhero comics have) I’d have no reason to do this site. Welcome aboard me ship, mateys! ARRRR!

  • http://stanleystories.blogspot.com Frank Young

    If only the actual content of the stories were any good at all! These creators were not Carl Barks or John Stanley. Story-wise, this stuff is drek.

    • http://whataboutthad.com Thad

      I’d like to disagree with my dear friend Frank, but I’ll meet him half-way. What he calls drek I’d call merely functional, and more functional than they have any right to be. The animated Looney Tunes are among the finest examples of 1940s/1950s American cinema; anything else with the characters is going to pale in comparison. Barks and Stanley are undisputed masters of their medium, but they didn’t have anything like that to live up to with their properties.

  • Mark Sonntag

    Cool. Carl Barks did a one shot, “Porky of the Mounties” reprinted in BUGS BUNNY AND FRIENDS: A COMIC CELEBRATION.

  • http://www.scottshawsoddballcomics.com Scott Shaw!

    DC shot that Barks “Porky Of The Mounties” story for that book from my copy of Dell’s FOUR COLOR!

    Aloha,

    Scott!

  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    Good point, Thad. The Warner Bros. cartoons were the best animated shorts ever made. While the Disney cartoons were certainly masterpieces of animation, they didn’t have the laughs and the stories that Warners did. I think most people who have read them will agree that the Disney comics were far more entertaining story-wise than the cartoons, and Floyd Gottfredson and Carl Barks were masters.

    The thing is, those artists and their work are being treated with the utmost respect and have been reprinted and preserved for all to enjoy. The Warner comics haven’t, and many of the artists still need to be identified, because nobody bothered to credit them. Oh, there is some “drek” in there, but there are also some masterful works as well, many drawn and written by the same people who worked on the cartoons. I think they’ve been unfairly judged for a handful of bad apples in a huge bunch.

    It’s hard to judge what you haven’t SEEN, and that’s what I’m trying to do here…provide an outlet for people to give the Looney Tunes comics a second look. Nothing has been done, to my knowledge, to save this stuff, and it needs to happen, one way or the other.

  • Glowworm

    Looks like something I’d love to have a look at. I used to collect a few of the newer Looney Tunes comics.