Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sooper Hippie, Fruitman, and Bunny's Back Pages (Harvey Comics, 1968 - '70)

- - This is Part Two of my previous post:
"She's Bunny, 'The Queen of The In Crowd!'" - 1960's 'Teen' comics from Harvey - -

Follow the link ⬆ to dig the nitty of the gritty on Bunny and her zoovy pals!

MEANWHILE, while Bunny's band of low-rent fashion followers were cavorting through their adventures in the main portion of the funnybooks, the back-up features in 'Bunny' comics were just a bit more off the beaten track.

- First up is Stanley Humbert, a.k.a. Sooper Hippie ⬇ - - A reading experience sorta kinda maybe almost like a blend of Austin Powers and Wonder Warthog, still within Harvey Comics' 'cheap knockoff' framework...

(click on links to open pages in a new window ⬇⬇)

⬅ Sooper Hippie in
'Flower People',
from issue #5 (1968)


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⬅ Sooper Hippie in
'Love Beads',
from issue #7 (1969)


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- Bunny's "afro-tastic" special friends The Soular System ⬇ (Marcy, Gideon, Bomby and Randolph) are a happening band that appear to be filling a musical niche somewhere between The Fifth Dimension and Sly and the Family Stone.

(See 'Bunny Orbits With The Soular System' in part one of this post.)



⬅ The Soular System in
'The New Look',
from issue #13 (1970)


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- And then there's Fruitman... (sigh) ⬇
Proving that it's not necessarily the powers, it's the commitment - - fruit vendor Percival Pineapple fights evil-doers everywhere with his unique ability to turn into various pieces of fruit (and rattle off bad puns).



⬅ Fruitman in
'The Cruise',
from issue #16 (1970)


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- - And finally,
the pièce de résistance:
Not a dream, not a hoax, prepare yourself for...

⬅ 'Fruitman in Israel',
from issue #13 (1970)


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See also:
- Click over to The Comics Bin 'Fruitman's Vacation', a story from Bunny Comics #6.

- ADDENDUM, 2.02.09: Found another one!
Follow link to read The first appearance of Fruitman, from Bunny Comics #3.

5 comments:

Sleestak said...

"Free Pots"?

Percy Trout said...

Fruit Man. Wild, baby.

el cornichon said...

Smoking banana peels! Like wow.

mretraun said...

Thanks for this. I actually remember these from when I was a kid because I got hand-me-down comics from my older sister, and she had a lot of Bunny comics.

dreadbeard1 said...

Fruitman is THE Greatest!! Bunny Comics were SOO unlike the "standard" fare that Harvey put out in that period, and bizarre, earnest Fruitman only UPPED the psychedelic ante! I tolerated such also-rans as "Captain Oink" and "Yvoorg Nam", but for me, it was Fruitman all the way!

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