Camera-ready comic art drawing for Bugs Bunny

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Bugs Bunny comic strip shows Sylvester, Bugs, and a goat named Cynthia going to the beach to play some music. In order to dissuade a heckler, who put sand in Bugs’s tuba, Cynthia simply butts him with her head.
Ralph Heimdahl (1909-1981) spent the earlier part of his career animating for Walt Disney Studios. His work included early animation for Snow White (1937), Fantasia (1940), and Dumbo (1941). In addition to his work for Disney, Heimdahl also illustrated the Bugs Bunny daily comic strip starting in 1948. He later took over the Sunday strip, which he animated until the 1970s.
Bugs Bunny (1942-1970s), the newspaper strip, started as a spin-off of animated media including the title character. Bugs Bunny first appeared as the villain in the 1938 theatrical short Porky’s Hare Hunt. He was named after its director, Ben “Bugs” Hardaway. The newspaper strip itself, as well as the comic book version, never reached the popularity of the theatrical animations or cartoons and was canceled in the 1970s.
Currently not on view
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graphic artist
Heimdahl, Ralph
Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
Bell-McClure Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 49.5 cm x 65.8 cm; 19 1/2 in x 25 7/8 in
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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