Sunday, March 13, 2011
Diversity in Comics: Marcy and Bunny (II)
All these Bunny comics have fashion pages like those found in the Marvel teen humor books, and in DC romance comics, not to mention Katy Keene, and so on. Marcy Sweete, being a model, is included. The first two are from Bunny 20, and the second two are from Bunny 9.
Here's a 6-page short story from Bunny 20, featuring the difficult-to-tolerate Esmeralda, and the Soular System. Note the new fashion - hot pants! We're into the early 70s.
In "Shakes Soul" (Bunny 20), Honey gets herself in a tight spot with a class assignment. This provides an opportunity for Soular System to explain just what 'soul' is.
Back in Bunny 9 there was a text page with one of those fictional interviews, in this case between Bunny and Gideon of Soular System. Here the creators of the comic try to define 'soul' in more detail.
Overall Bunny was a bold effort to introduce diversity into comic books, starting at the tail end of the Silver Age. There's a little bit of a 'roots' look to the Soular System, with some African style clothing. And the whole thing about soul tries hard to connect with the African American mainstream. Soular System are out and out good guys, and their 'groovy' language is a hippie stereotype rather than an African American one. This was definitely a feel good attempt to better reflect the diversity of American society, and the racial harmony that could exist.
Again, thanks to Britt Reid for turning me on to this title, and to Masterbowler and the Harvey Preservation Society for the scans.