Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"She's Bunny, 'The Queen of The In Crowd!'" - 1960's 'Teen' comics from Harvey

"She's Hip! She's Mod! She's Boss!"

During the Swingin' Sixties, Harvey comics jumped on a bandwagon and produced their own version of an 'Archie' knock-off marketed towards teen-age readers.

Bunny was a happening young super-model, "The Queen of the In-Crowd", who ran with her own pack of groovy and fashionable friends.

The formula might have borne a closer resemblance to 'Millie The Model',
'Katy Keene', or others of that crowd more so than 'Archie', but with an added dose of the type of fanciful and fetishistic
'playful obsession' scripting found in the other standard Harvey kiddie comics like 'Little Lotta', 'Richie Rich', 'Little Dot' and others.

As with the Riverdale crowd and other 1960's stars of 'teen' comics, Bunny comics managed to give some sort of low-rent fun-house mirror reflection on fads, fashion and pop culture of the era.





(Click on the image to ENLARGE this detail from Bunny #9, ⬇ a friendly jab at
'Archie' comics in the form of a 'Riverdrip' sweatshirt.)

Though you'd never find creator's credits in any Harvey Comics publications, Bunny comics were originally written by Warren Harvey (a son of one of the company founders) and featured artwork by prolific comics illustrator Hy Eisman.

Other artists who worked on the series at different times include Sol Brodsky and Howard Post.

















I've gathered several stories for your perusal from some of the assorted issues I have.
Just click the links and enjoy the read! ⬇⬇⬇



⬅ 'Marc's Happeninged House',
from issue #5 (1968)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)












⬅ 'The Zoople Ads',
from issue #6 (1968)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)
(page 8)
(page 9)
(page 10)









⬅ 'Orbits With
The Soular System',
from issue #7 (1969)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)
(page 8)
(page 9)
(page 10)








⬅ 'Avant-Garde Love',
from issue #10 (1969)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)
Plus a text page: Bunny interviews avant-garde film maker Sandy Spicesplice!









⬅ Bunny with little sister Honey in 'The Gloomers Rage',
from issue #11 (1969)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)
(page 8)
(page 9)









⬅ Bunny with British rock group The Beagles in 'Lotus Bogus',
from issue #16 (1970)


(page 1)
(page 2)
(page 3)
(page 4)
(page 5)
(page 6)
(page 7)
Plus a text page: Bunny learns about Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation from Frederic of
The Beagles!





- Please also check out my 'Bunny' flickr set!

Over at flickr I've also gathered images of some of the colorful covers to Bunny comics
(complete with terrible puns), pages of reader-submitted fashion ideas for Bunny and her buddies
(accompanied by a zoovy-licious array of
ultra-mindbashing descriptive adjectives) and a few other bits and pieces.

Follow this link to the flickr set
'Bunny comics: Covers, Fashion Pages, and more!'












See also:
- A Bunny article at
Don Markstein's Toonopedia.

- - and another at Lady, That's My Skull with a link to a flickr slideshow presentation of issue #4's wigged-out 'Yvoorg Nam' story!

- A MASSIVE entry from Scott Shaw regarding issue #12 and some Bunny background at his Oddball Comics site.


- - And PART TWO of *this* post:
'Sooper Hippie, Fruitman,
and Bunny's Back Pages'




ADDENDUM, 2.02.09: Found some more!
From 1967's issue #3, follow link to read a new post - -
Bunny, Queen of the In-Crowd in 'Watermelon Sellin'!

1 comment:

Sleestak said...

Thanks for the link.

I love the Bunny comics by how bad and odd they were, especially the "Yvoorg Nam" and "Honey Ball's Babysitting Job" stories, which are two of my favorites.

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