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365 Reasons to Love Comics #160

Greetings, humans. We here (by which I mean “I”) continue Anthropomorphism Period of Time by looking at another rabbit. This one’s cool, you see, because he’s a rabbit in s-p-a-c-e.

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6/9/07

160. Bucky O’Hare

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Ahh, Bucky O’Hare– a candle in the wind of comics. Hah.

Created by writer Larry Hama and artist Michael Golden, the green, humanoid rabbit space captain Bucky O’Hare first appeared in the anthology Echo of Futurepast. This series, and the five-issue Bucky series that followed it, were published by Continuity Comics, the brilliant publishing house that gave us the “brilliant” Skateman. Their website also promotes Mr. T and the T-Force, though that was published through Now Comics. Hmm. I only mention that to sneak in a Mr. T reference. Hee.

So, right. Bucky O’Hare lives in a universe populated by anthropomorphic animals that are in a war: mammals vs. toads. The Toad Empire, you see, is a vast brainwashed organization led by the evil computer system KOMPLEX. Bucky belongs to S.P.A.C.E., which stands for “Sentient Protoplasm Against Colonial Encroachment.” He captains a spaceship with the greatest name ever, the Righteous Indignation, and his crew consists of:

Jenny, the first mate, who had magical and psychic powers;
Deadeye Duck, a– get this– pirate duck! Awesome!!!!;
Blinky, an android-y sort of thing;
Willy DuWitt, a boy from our universe who was good at science or something.

The original series was reprinted in a graphic novel. Over in the UK, I hear it continued for 15 more issues with a different creative team, but I can’t find anything else about it. Anyone versed in Bucky O’Hare knowledge? Anyone? No?

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(Sorry I can’t find a larger file of that middle one. It looks neat.)

The comic spawned a cartoon series that incorporated some other crew members, like a big fella named Bruiser. WordPress never lets me embed YouTube videos (I have no idea how Brian does it. He is like unto a wizard), so I’m just going to link you to the Bucky O’Hare animated series intro. It’s one of the craziest theme songs of all time. Your brain may not forgive you. And if you look hard enough, I think you can find the entire run of the show on YouTube. Neal Adams actually did a lot of work in developing the show, so it’s interesting for we comic fans.

The series only lasted thirteen episodes, but it produced a cult fan base and a ton of merchandising. There were toys and video games and arcade games and all sorts of weird stuff that I probably have sitting around somewhere in my house.

Bucky’s fame was short-lived, however, and he vanished in the early 90′s. Neal Adams has talked about resurrecting him in a new cartoon, and there’s a computer animated thing floating around the internet (you can view it here on Adams’ website), and a vague IMDB entry mentioning something in 2008, but there doesn’t seem to be any more information on it. Will Bucky O’Hare return, or will he remain in limbo? Time will tell, I suppose.

A green rabbit and his crazy animal crew fighting against an army of amphibians for the fate of the universe– my God, the premise just sounds brilliant. Combined with gorgeous Golden art and backed by crazy stories, you’ve got a good comic.

And now, a 21-laser salute for the lost Captain O’Hare. Also, a Wiki link.

12 Comments

Ian Astheimer

June 9, 2007 at 8:30 pm

The cartoon only lasted thirteen episodes? I thought it ran for years. That’s the magic of reruns, I guess.

“He captains a spaceship with the greatest name ever, the Righteous Indignation”

No way. The best spaceship names in fiction belong to the enormous ships of the Culture, from the novels of Iain M. Banks.

What’s even neater is that, story-wise, these names are chosen by the ultra-intelligent AIs that will inhabit and operate the ships, so the names represent the ship’s self-image in some way.

For example, the GCU Prosthetic Conscience.
(GCU is the ship type, in this case General Contact Unit)

GSV No More Mister Nice Guy
(GSV: General Systems Vehicle, the largest kind)

GCU Very Little Gravitas Indeed

GCU It’s Character Forming

GCU Big Sexy Beast

GCU Boo!

GCU Poke It With A Stick

GSV Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall

And: GCU Grey Area, which is called MeatF***er by the other ships, because of its habit of probing and manipulating the minds of humans.

I knew a guy in college who ran a Bucky O’Hare fanfic collective.

…Ducks aren’t mammals.

a different Dan

June 10, 2007 at 12:13 am

A quibble on the premise: ducks ain’t mammals, and haven’t been since 1758 when Linnaeus named the classes. Regardless of whether one believes they descended from dinosaurs or not, ducks and other birds(class Aves) lay eggs and have feathers, whereas mammals have live young & produce milk to feed them, and have fur.

(As if that’s the unbeliveable part of the plot – that a bird would take a side in a mammal/amphibia war!)

Some mammals lay eggs, Toads do not. Thats how he chose.

Then again, we don’t have four armed ducks here on earth, maybe wherever they are, the ducks are mammals.

I believe I had one or two of the comics when I was a young’in. As well as some of the toys. I seem to recall always liking Blinky in particular.

I am loving the intro, I must say. “Get the funky-fresh rabbit who can take care of it”? Oh, ’90s.

Wouldn’t mammals sorely outnumber toads?

Hah! The Bucky cartoon was definitely a hit with me and my friends when we were young’ns. How can it be that this only ran 13 episodes?

Embedding YouTube with WordPress is easy, just don’t use the embed code that YouTube provides but WP’s own. Type[youtube=video URL here], that’s all there is to it.

Man, I loved that show.

Well, the theme song at least, as I don’t remember much else about it at this point.

Thanks for posting that!

Some mammals lay eggs, Toads do not. Thats how he chose.
….

Toads lay eggs.

I watched that show as a kid, and I was very glad to find a tape of it at a lfea market a few years ago. I have the game for the NES too, I think.

http://www.tv-links.co.uk/show.do/2/131

tv-links just collates series – they’re still hosted on youtube, but they’re all neatly ordered for your viewing pleasure.

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