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Each day in November, I will read and review/discuss/whatever one comic taken from a box of some of my childhood comics. Today, it’s Daffy Duck #139.
The Nostalgia November archive can be found here.
Daffy Duck #139 is a collection of five Daffy Duck stories and one Tweety & Sylvester one… and, sadly, none are particularly funny. I have two Looney Tunes comics in this box — the other is an issue of Porky Pig, but I chose this, because I’ve always preferred Daffy to Porky… perhaps a mistake was made? Ah well, it’s too late. We shall press ahead.
The first story has Daffy in his persona Armchair Daffy: a detective who never leaves his armchair, which has a motor and wheels. A funny gag on the first page as he uses a spring-loaded cushion to answer the phone. Apparently a man’s moosehead is missing from his wall, but, when Daffy investigates, the head is back but the man’s snack is gone. So, Daffy patrols the house while the man sleeps and discovers a secret passageway behind a revolving wall where the former owner is now living. In the end, the new owner invites the old to live there for real and Daffy gets his fee: the moosehead.
The second story has Daffy in the old west selling pots and pans, but he’s arrested for making too much noise. At the same time, a banker who’s stolen money is arrested (and refuses to tell where he hid the money). A couple of crooks aim to break the banker out to get the money, but break out Daffy by accident and he tricks them into eventually falling into a trap, so they can be arrested, too. He then makes so much noise in jail that the banker tells where the money is — and, as a reward, he’s given an Indian blanket to cover his pots and pans.
The third story has Daffy entrusted to delivering a love poem for Elmer Fudd, but he messes up and delivers it to the wrong house. Then, he loses the second letter and writes his own poem, which just pisses the girl off. But, then, Elmer wins a vacation for answering his phone, which he wouldn’t have been able to do if Daffy hadn’t fucked up, so all is forgiven and Daffy gets to housesit (and eat lots of food). Of course, when the vacation is over, Fudd will continue living his sad, lonely life, which no free vacation can fix.
The fourth story has Daffy migrating across the ocean where he comes across some sub-pirates and tries to warn a nearby ship — except it’s Yosemite Sam’s ship and he tries to use Daffy for his own insidious purposes (killing endangered whales). So, Daffy pulls a fast one that results in both the sub and the ship destroyed and Daffy gets the surviving sail so he can glide instead of fly.
The fifth story has Daffy wanting to be a cop, but he’s too short… and he’s a duck, so the cops humour him and make him a junior investigator or something like that. Of course, he takes it very seriously and pisses off Elmer Fudd — until Elmer’s place is robbed and Daffy is on the case. He chases the robber and subdues him by making his car crash. As a result, the police promote him to junior detective and give him a giant detective hat that will keep him busy since he can’t see with it on…
The Tweety & Sylvester story is actually the best as Sylvester is tired of getting chased/beaten up by Spike the dog and decides to leave town. Tweety tries to convince him to stay (why I don’t know since Sylvester is always trying to eat him… unless Tweety enjoys fucking with Sylvester) by taking him to the zoo and shows him all of his feline relatives that are big and strong: tigers, bobcats, and, of course, a lion (he’s a king, you know). This makes Sylvester stand up for himself — and get his ass kicked thoroughly. So, he admits that’s a ‘noble fradiy cat’ and leaves town.
None are that great, most too focused on creating a coherent narrative than delivering jokes. The art throughout is basic yet good. As an adult, it has none of the appeal that the cartoons do, but I could see a kid liking this nonetheless.
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