Monday, December 1, 2008

"The Hurry-Up Hold-Up" (1957)

Here's a real treat for fans of classic comic books. This rare Speedy Gonzales story from "Bugs Bunny's Christmas Funnies #8" (1957) involves Speedy Gonzales visiting Little Pancho Vanilla and his family. There's nothing inherently "Christmas" about it, but as far as I know, it's one of the few times Speedy ever appeared in the Western Publishing/Dell comics prior to 1960. The Pancho Vanilla character was a semi-regular in the Dell Looney Tunes series, based loosely on the character from Frank Tashlin's "Little Pancho Vanilla" short from 1938. The comics gave Pancho a stereotypical Mexican family, most notably a father who was a (lousy) bullfighter.

This story reveals that Pancho and Speedy are friends, and Speedy visits the Vanilla family to find that things aren't going so well for them. Enjoy this rare comic book classic!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a funny Pancho Vanilla story in a small Looney Tunes Digest magazine that has a on/off Halloween theme to it.

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