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Super Rabbit #1-14 (Sept. 1944 - Nov. 1948).
Super Rabbit is a fictional, funny-animal superhero in comic books published by Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics, during the 1930s and '40s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books. Created by cartoonist Ernie Hart, he first appeared in Comedy Comics #14 (Feb. 1943).
The character appeared after Fawcett Comics' funny-animal superhero Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (debut: Fawcett's Funny Animals #1, Dec. 1942), and before the Bugs Bunny theatrical cartoon short "Super-Rabbit" (April 1943).
Following his debut as the cover star of Comedy Comics #14 (March 1943), the funny-animal superhero Super Rabbit remained the lead feature through at least #33 (Sept. 1946). A star of Timely Comics' humor division — produced by what the company called its "animator bullpen", edited by Vincent Fago and largely separate from the superhero group producing comics featuring Captain America and other such characters — Super Rabbit also appeared in Krazy Comics, Comic Capers, Funny Tunes (a.k.a. Animated Funny Comic-Tunes), All Surprise Comics (as the cover star of #1-11, Fall 1943 - Fall 1946) and other anthology series.
He additionally starred in his own Super Rabbit Comics, which ran 14 issues (Fall 1944 - Nov. 1948). His final story appeared in It's a Duck's Life #11 (Feb. 1952).
Three known unauthorized reprint issues appeared, from Israel Waldman's I.W. Publishing, beginning in 1958, with issues #1-2 released that year. A third issue, labeled #7 and costing 10¢, later appeared, and was reissued in 1963 as #10 and costing 12¢.
Aside from creator Ernie Hart, other artists who contributed to his adventures included Mike Sekowsky, Al Jaffee, and inker Violet Barclay.
Meek little Waffles Bunny, variously depicted as a reporter or a shoeshine rabbit, rubs a magic ring to gain mass and height and become the flying, super-strong Super Rabbit who is virtually invulnerable except for a small spot on the very top of his head where something as light as a falling feather could knock him out. He protects the innocent, captures robbers, and even fights such World War II menaces as Super Nazi, a pig with a Hitler mustache. His self-proclaimed "number-one fan" and unasked-for publicist Wilbur Woodpecker occasionally accompanies Super Rabbit, much to his consternation.
Generally tall and lanky, he sometimes takes on a bulky form. His original costume featured the initial "S" on his chest, which he later replaced with the words "Super Rabbit".
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Super Rabbit was the name of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, which came out during April, 1943. But that doesn't have anything to do with this Super Rabbit, which was created by cartoonist Ernie Hart and published by Marvel Comics, and first appeared in a comic dated a month earlier. (And neither of them was the first rabbit superhero — that would be Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, who hit the stands five months before Marvel's Super Rabbit.).
In everyday life, Super Rabbit was a mild-mannered newsbunny or shoeshine bunny (it varied) named Waffles. When trouble arose, Waffles would rub his magic ring and transform into a big, strong superhero. And lest the evildoers he subdued have any doubt as to who it was that brought them to justice, Super Rabbit didn't confine himself to a mere initial, like most of the super guys — he had his full name written across his chest.
Vince Fago was Marvel's editor when Comedy Comics #14, where Super Rabbit debuted, came out. (A major history of Marvel says the character first appeared six months later, in All-Surprise Comics #1, but this is incorrect.) Fago spent most of his life working on funny animals, rabbits in particular. In fact, probably his best-known work was the Peter Rabbit newspaper strip. Under his editorship, which lasted until Stan Lee came back from serving in World War II, Marvel made a full-scale move into that genre, with not just Comedy, but also Krazy Comics, Comic Capers, Funny Tunes and several others all starting between 1942 and '44. It was also during that period that Marvel licensed the Terrytoons animated characters for comic books.
At one time or another, Super Rabbit appeared in all those titles, and more, besides being the regular cover feature of Comedy Comics. He also had a title of his own, starting with a Fall, 1943 cover date and running 14 issues, through November, 1948. With the possible exception of Ziggy Pig & Silly Seal, he was Marvel's biggest funny animal star, and they pushed him as hard as they'd pushed Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch.
But the funny animals stuck around only a few years before being crowded out by trendier genres like westerns (e.g., Kid Colt, Outlaw), teenage humor (e.g., Patsy Walker) and romance (e.g., Our Love). Tho Marvel didn't completely abandon the genre until the mid-1950s, by the end of the '40s, even the biggest stars from the early days were making only sporadic appearances. Super Rabbit's last published story was in It's a Duck's Life #11 (February, 1952).
In 1958, comics entrepreneur Israel Waldman, who would publish whatever he could get his hands on, irrespective of legal rights (he even used a few DC-owned properties, such as Doll Man and Plastic Man), launched an unauthorized revival. Waldman's IW Enterprises reprinted three issues of Super Rabbit between then and 1963. Other than that, he hasn't been seen since It's a Duck's Life.
And there's little prospect of a revival at Marvel — or for that matter, evidence that the average modern-day Marvel employee has ever even heard of the character, which makes him, in all likelihood, absolutely unique among Marvel-owned superheroes.
Ernie Hart (October 2, 1910 – May 2, 1985 or July 1985; sources differ), also known as H.E. Huntley, is an American comic-book writer and artist best known for creating Marvel Comics' funny animal character, Super Rabbit. In addition, he variously wrote, edited and illustrated numerous books on dog breeding and ownership.
He studied at the Art Students League in New York. During the 1930s, Ernie Hart painted murals for the Works Progress Administration and worked through the Chesler shop in the early 1940s. In the 1940s he joined Timely Comics, the future Marvel Comics, as part of its "animator" bullpen, separate from the superhero group that produced comics featuring the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner and Captain America. Along with others including Vincent Fago, Jim Mooney, Mike Sekowsky, and future Mad magazine cartoonists Dave Berg and Al Jaffee, Hart worked on such movie tie-in and original funny-animal comics as Terrytoons Comics, Animated Funny Comic-Tunes and Mighty Mouse.
Super Rabbit, an animal superhero in lighthearted children's adventures, debuted in Comedy Comics #14 (March 1943). Hart also worked on "Pookey the Poetical Pup" and "Ding-a-Ling the Little Bellboy" in Krazy Komics; "Wacky Willie" and "Andy Wolf & Bertie Mouse" in Terrytoons Comics; "Skip O'Hare" in Comedy Comics; and the heroic-adventure feature "Victory Boys" for Timely. Other Golden Age comics work includes "Egbert and the Count" and "Marmaduke Mouse" for Quality Comics' Hit Comics, of which one critic wrote, "Ernie Hart's 'Marmaduke Mouse' and 'Egbert' were, especially in the beginning, solidly drawn and reasonably funny, but lacked a convincing sense of action and character."
Cartoonist Al Jaffee, then a fellow Timely editor, recalled in 2004, "Ernie was a very lively guy; very funny and fun to be with. He was an editor with Don Rico, and the two of them shared an office. Both men could write and draw.... Ernie did humor work and Don edited certain titles. This was all post-World War II. One day, Stan called me in and said, 'I want you to edit the teenage books.' That may have been because Ernie left the company, because I do not recall Ernie editing anything but teenage and humor." Hart freelanced in the 1950s for that decade's Marvel predecessor, Atlas Comics, and also wrote for detective and true-crime magazines, occasionally being recruited to pose as a character on a photo-cover.
Hart also began freelance editing, illustrating, and ghostwriting for Herbert Axelrod's newly formed TFH Publications, helping produce its technical books for pet-owners, and eventually joined its staff and became editor-in-chief. He drew cover art for Alan Kirk's TFH book on Scottish terriers and Allan Easton's on Shih Tzus. In 1965, he returned to a staff position at TFH, by then based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Hart remained on staff for Marvel Comics' 1950s predecessor Atlas Comics, and briefly freelanced for Marvel during the 1960s Silver Age. His '60s scripts, some of them from plots by editor-in-chief Stan Lee, included the feature "The Human Torch" in Strange Tales #110-111 (July-Aug. 1963); the feature "Ant-Man" in Tales to Astonish #44-48 (June-Oct. 1963); and the single comic Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (Jan. 1969). Hart's work also appears in the "nudie cutie" comic The Adventures of Pussycat (1968), a one-shot that reprinted some strips of the same-name feature that appeared in Marvel publisher Martin Goodman's line of men's magazines.
Hart, occasionally signing his work "EHH", also did stories for Charlton Comics, including writing and drawing issues of the horse series Rocky Lane's Black Jack in the late 1950s. In 1957, Charlton named him executive editor of its newly launched magazine Real West, centered on Old West history.
In 1968, Hart moved to Clearwater, Florida, He lived there at the time of his death, though his death certificate was issued in Connecticut.
While living in Florida, Hart painted and donated a 25-foot oil-on-canvas mural to the New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, depicting “the dog’s place alongside man throughout the development of civilization. It portrays cavemen, cape hunting dogs, a policeman with a German Shepherd, hunters with pointers and setters, a little old lady with a pet, and small children playing with dogs.”
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