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What Does It Matter Bun Toons?

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ATTENTION:  The rabbit is NOT a Pokemon.  He cannot be caught.

Today’s Bun Toon was the subject of a lengthy, lengthy discussion on my facebook page this week.

What I talk about, I toon about.

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While there are folks who MEAN well when they say “All Lives Matter”, they are doing the work of people who want to belittle the black community and silence their cry of alarm.  Whatever you thought you meant by “All Lives Matter”, it’s not coming across as anything but rude jackassery in the face of neighbours who need your help.

If you wouldn’t say it to an ambulance, and you wouldn’t say it to a breast cancer survivor, think about why it’s okay to say it to BLM supports…

Ty The Guy OUT!


The history of black characters in comics included some strongly offensive characters in the golden age:

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Back in the 40s, The Spirit’s assistant/sidekick “Ebony White” was a character of contrasts:  Besides being a ghastly stereotype visually and verbally, he was a resourceful and brave character.

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Marvel’s “Whitewash Jones” (one of the Young Allies Hostages being saved by Bucky and Toro, lower right) was the same sort of offensive visual.  Like Ebony, the character was brave, uneducated and loyal.

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In the late 40s, a black journalist named Orrin Cromwell Evans founded “All-Negro Comics” publishing, a venture that lasted only one issue, unfortunately, as he could not get wholesalers to sell him the newsprint he needed to print his books on.

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In the late 50s, Dell introduced LOBO, arguably the first mainstream African American comic book hero that wasn’t visually offensive.  Unfortunately, the series didn’t last very long, likely too liberal an idea for the times.

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Jackie Johnson, a gunner for Sgt. Rock’s Easy Company, became mainstream comic’s first  continuing character with African heritage in 1960.

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Jackie continued to appear as a support character in Sgt. Rock straight through to the 90s, fighting alongside Ice Cream Soldier, Little Sure Shot and Wildman in an integrated platoon that never would have seen action in the real World War II.

Jackie was quickly followed in the early Sixties by Gabe Jones, one of Sgt. Fury’s platoon in the Marvel version of the World War II Sergeant genre.

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Ironically, Gabriel Jones and The Young Allies’ Whitewash Jones, were BOTH created by Jack Kirby…who went on to co-create the Black Panther, one of comics coolest heroes ever.

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Face Front, true believers!

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(-Thanks to B.C. Holmes and Robert Klarer for the head’s up correction on All-Negro Comics. I’m late, but I correct.)

 

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Happy Birthdays DC Bun Toons! YAY!

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I knew it was coming and I still didn’t bake a cake.

With an entire week passed and no iconic heroes passing away, perhaps it’s time to reflect on the little baby comic books left in my crib recently…

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Every now and then, I’m reminded that Superman means a lot to me.  He’s had his ass kicked in the movies and the New 52….but DARE I be hopeful about the Rebirth Kal-el?  Dare I?  I already like the Convergence Superman, and in theory….

Ty the Guy OUT!


If you’re new to the whole concept of the DC reboot, let me give you a crash course:

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This was the last one.  All the Batmans and Supermans and Aquamans had to fight each other.  It made no sense, really.

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This wasn’t a reboot so much as they simply changed everything about all the characters.  And it lasted maybe six months anyway.

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The Now-Old New-Fifty-Two.  A reboot that rose from the flames of a temporary reboot called “Flashpoint”.

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I think this had something to do with Flash travelling through time and forgetting to keep the sports almanac from Biff, but who can remember this many reboots ago?

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I’m pretty sure there were a couple of Crisis Events between this and Flashpoint, but how many Crisis covers can you look at?

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The grandfather of all reboots.  The first, the biggest, the brightest, the one everyone compares all reboots to…

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Except for this one, which was actually the first, sort of.  Depends on if you count the 50s Timely/Atlas Human Torch reboot. 


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Up, Up and Out of Here Bun Toons! YAY!

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Superman is to Kryptonite, as Bunny is to….?

SUPERMAN DIES AGAIN

It really did strike me as odd how little attention was paid to the latest death of the Man of Steel.  I suppose since he (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) died in the movie version, this is technically his THIRD big death, and the second one this year, which does add a sense of the familiar every time he checks out.

As someone who’s died a couple of times myself, I know how dull the third one can be.  Personally, I slept through it.

Ty the Guy OUT!


When I was a kid, my father’s two heroes were Gandhi and Muhammad Ali.  My dad was an amateur boxer in his youth, so I think he might have had a slight preference for Ali, but those are two good choices.

Mine were Batman and Superman, because they were the first ones I read about.  Then I read about Ali and what he’d done during the Viet Nam war.

Then he joined my Justice League.

The Greatest.

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Hop, hop and away!

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I promise, no complaining about the new Zack Snyder movie, except for this bit here.

Another honest-to-god-true-life-adventure.  Ah, the life I lead…

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I suppose my other children are pretty cool, too.  No, really.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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As long time readers of this blog might recall, my eldest son, Kellam once went out on Halloween as BLUE SUPERMAN!  blue-superman-photo

Perhaps the only Blue Superman ever on Halloween.  Not a single house knew who he was.

Below is a conversation I had with Taylor about the Archie characters.  It’s an ongoing education with my brood.

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And, of course, me and the lad aren’t the only ones with a Christopher Reeve man-crush.

Jerry Seinfeld’s man-crush on the big blue boy scout is so strong, a few years back, American Express actually hired me to draw Superman and Jerry palling around together.  No, really.

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I think Superman is tickling Jerry here.  What was I thinking when I drew this?

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Bun Toon V Hollywood: Darn the Justice

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You knew the risks going in.

Who says movie makers don’t listen to the people?

 

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Wonder Woman is cool.  She’s the only thing in the movie that makes you smile, or sit up, or discover yourself enjoying something.  I will greatly look forward to the Wonder Woman movie if it’s anything like the twenty-three seconds of air-time she gets in this one.

It might have been a stronger movie if they hadn’t dedicated so much of the film to advertising their next six movies and instead spent time building the characters, motivations and relationships of THIS one.

Sigh.

I miss the cinematic triumphs of Green Lantern and Jonah Hex.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Back when the boys got along.  Who’s a pretty Batman?

You are.  Yes you are.

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One of my many contributions to the World’s Finest-ness of Animated Comics.  The first issue of Superman & Batman magazine with a cover by the rabbit.

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Movie Magic Bun Toons! YAY!

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I’m ready for my close up, Mr. Warner Brothers…

We’re in the final days of counting down before the big, big DC Smash-Em-Up Justice League movie-palooza hits the theatres.   As an expert on the characters, let me introduce you to the new kids on the blockbuster…

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Wonder Twin Power…shape of a….

I can’t say it in a family webtoon.

See you at the movies, gang!

Ty the Guy OUT!

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It’s hardly the first time the Super-Friends have behaved like a bag of crotch rockets.  Here’s how they treated their beloved team mates Wendy and Marvin when they found NEW friends.

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No joke.  This was the last appearance of Wendy and Marvin.  They were never heard from again.  I think they became homeless and had to eat the dog.

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Evil Bun Toons! Bwah hah hah!

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There’s nothing quite so evil as a cartoon rabbit.

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There goes my next three assignments from Marvel.  I live like a rebel.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Of course, the only place Donald Trump BELONGS is in the funny papers.

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Like in this issue of Mad Magazine’s 20 Dumbest of 2015, featuring work your humble rabbit cartoonist!  Probably still on sale at lazier news stands that don’t turn over their stock very quickly!

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