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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
Object Type
Drawings
date made
1966-06-26
graphic artist
Heimdahl, Ralph
publisher
Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
Bell-McClure Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 49.5 cm x 65.8 cm; 19 1/2 in x 25 7/8 in
ID Number
GA*22527
catalog number
22527
accession number
277502
subject
Rabbits
Family & Social Life
Art
Communications
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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