When it comes to sharing age-old comics that only registers in the memory of old-school comic readers, there's the borderline legal impetus to share that joy by posting scans of some notable short stories, like The Horrors of it All, Four Color Shadows, Big Blog Comics, Pappy's Golden Age, and recently, the defunct Looney Comics of Matthew Hunter who started his blog to share some Looney Tunes comics with his opinions on them.
For the most part, most of the Warner Bros. Comics had sub-par art and stiff off-model characters. But there was one exception. In the few Looney Tunes comics that happened to fall in my hands, there was always one story that seemed to be slightly above average than the others.
|For some reason, Elmer's line of "That's my Gwandfather you're punching!"|
is endearably funny to me.
A long time ago (circa 2016), Mike Sterling made the claim that there never was a “Good Rabbit Artist” and the reason Carl Barks comics was fondly remembered while Warner Bros. Comics weren’t. For the longest time, this confused me, since I thought this was the elusive artist that'd fit the profile.
|It's unusual for Bugs to build up to trickery, rather than just bulldoze his way |
into forcing others into whatever reality he deems plausible.
Nowadays, we'd recognize Bugs' tactics as gaslighting,
but at the time, I thought it was typical trickster tactics.
I started doing some research, but absent a name, I had no way of identifying him. By process of elimination, I knew he wasn't Ed Volke, Pete Alvarado, Chase Craig, Roger Armstrong, Tom McKimson or Charles McKimson [no relation?].
It was only by going through the Comics Database that I found this elusive clean line artstyle showcasing Bugs Bunny with highly defined buck teeth than usual was most likely Phil de Lara, who also did the Porky Pig and Daffy Duck comics in the same issues. The Bugs Bunny comics were also 10 pages long, which gave rise to the allusion that these were higher quality material, especially since the shorter comics weren’t as strong.
He was quite the prolific artist, working in animation, for both Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Chip & Dale and Woody Woodpecker.