After their popularity soared in the 1930s
, the Looney Tunes
franchise ventured into comics from the 1940s
) all the way to the modern age of comics in the 1990s
and in the 21st century (DC Comics
), apart from their theatrical shorts, feature films, and TV shows.
The Four Color
anthology title (1930-1962) by Dell Comics spotlighted various characters to try out whether they merited additional appearances or spin-off series. Porky Pig
received his first spotlight issue in 1942. The story "Porky of the Mounties" (July, 1944) by Carl Barks
is considered a highlight for the character. Bugs Bunny
received his own spotlight in 1943. Both characters continued having several issues to themselves over the following decade. Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird
received their first spotlight issue in 1952. Followed by Daffy Duck
in 1953. Petunia Pig, Elmer Fudd, Mary Jane and Sniffles also received spotlight issues in 1953, but they never "graduated" to having titles of their own. Elmer did however have several subsequent issues to himself. Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner
received their first spoltlight issue in 1958. Though the Road Runner (as "Beep Beep") got top billing. They were featured in several subsequent issues. Speedy Gonzales
had his first and only spotlight issue in 1960.
Dell Comics eventually gave the Looney Tunes characters their own spin-offs. The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics
(1941-1955) lasted for 165 issues under that name. Then was renamed to simply Looney Tunes
(1955-1962) and lasted for another 81 issues. A total of 246 issues under either name. The Bugs Bunny
magazine (1952-1962) lasted for 58 regular issues. Plus various holiday-themed specials (Halloween, Christmas, etc). The Porky Pig
magazine (1952-1962) lasted for 57 issues. The Tweety and Sylvester
magazine (1954-1962) lasted for 34 issues. The Daffy
magazine (1956-1962, later renamed to Daffy Duck
) lasted for 27 issues. Beep Beep the Road Runner
magazine (1960-1962) lasted for 11 issues.
The Bugs Bunny
magazine by Gold Key Comics
/Whitman lasted from 1962 to 1984. A total of 160 issues. The Tweety and Sylvester
magazine by Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted from 1963 to 1984. A total of 121 issues. The Daffy Duck
magazine by Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted from 1962 to 1984. A total of 113 issues. The Porky Pig
magazine by Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted from 1965 to 1984. A total of 108 issues. The Beep Beep the Road Runner
magazine (1966-1984) by Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted for 105 issues. The Yosemite Sam
magazine from Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted from 1970 to 1984. A total of 81 issues, though most had him co-starring with Bugs Bunny. The Looney Tunes
magazine by Gold Key Comics/Whitman lasted from 1975 to 1984. A total of 47 issues.
The Looney Tunes Magazine
(1989-1992), published first by DC and then by the Welsh Publishing Group, lasted for 10 issues. It was then renamed to Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes Magazine
, but that didn't help either the sales or the longevity of the title. The current Looney Tunes
magazine by DC was launched in April, 1994. Still ongoing as of 2014, with over 200 issues published.