Feb 13, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 719: Porky Pig #2, May 1965

https://www.comics.org/issue/227861/

Who the heck is Cicero Pig? He's apparently Porky's roommate, but, later on in this comic, they share a bed at their new house. It's interesting to me that I make the assumption that everything I've seen on television as far as the Looney Tunes characters go is all that there is to them. That would be like someone doing the same for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I suppose. The comics world of such characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and today's star Porky, are just as vast and varied, if not as continuity-bound, as any other transmedial universe. I balk occasionally at reading, or buying, these old cartoon-based comics. For some reason I assume that they're going to be simple and boring for an adult reader, which is a totally unfair judgment for me to lay on them. The writers of these comics might have been trying to appeal to a particular demographic, but they were still adults writing stories that, hopefully, kept them entertained. Perhaps I have to delve into my Gold Key kids comics a bit more in the next year of the project.

There's an excellent wrap-up of Cicero's career here, offering the unfortunate information that at different times, he's been both Porky's nephew and Petunia's cousin. Um.

To be continued.

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