Tuesday, April 30, 2013
75 years ago today a wisecracking white rabbit appeared in the Warner Bros. cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." The studio liked the rabbit enough that they kept using him and developing the character. Mel Blanc provided the voice, almost the same voice he would use for Woody Woodpecker several years later. On the original character model sheet for the short, the designer Charlie Thorson wrote Bug's Bunny on it because the original short was directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway. On July 27th 1940, a rabbit with the same personality, yet completely redesigned and with a different voice (still provided by Mel Blanc), showed up with the official name of Bugs Bunny. Happy unofficial birthday Bugs, we'll celebrate it for real on July 27th.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
On April 18th 1938, Action Comics #1 arrived in stores. This comic, by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, marked the first appearance of the worlds first and greatest superhero, Superman! Since that first issue, Superman has gone on to conquer not only the world of comics, but radio, television, Broadway, movies...and just about anything else you can think of. It would be hard to find a person on this planet that hasn't at least heard of him. It was the popularity of Superman that led to the creation of the superhero genre with literally thousands of characters created over the last 75 years. So...Happy Birthday Superman!!! Actually, Happy Birthday to the entire Superhero genre!