DC/Looney Tunes 1st Crossover Event: Superman & Bugs Bunny (July 2000)
Sister Companies Do Crossovers
In the final months of the 20th century, the universes of DC Comics and Looney Tunes crossed over in a four-issue mini-series event titled simply by each company’s flagship character: Superman & Bugs Bunny. The crossover began in July and ended in October 2000. Three out of the four comics in the series parodied important series in the DC universe:
- “The DC Superheroes Meet the Looney Tunes;”
- “The Wast Son of Kwypton!”;
- “The Duck Knight Weturns!”; and
- “Cwisis on Infinite Earths.”
The event included dozens of characters from each universe in a complex web of chaos and mayhem. For example, the Green Lantern defends earth from Marvin the Martian; the Flash races first Speedy Gonzales and then Road Runner; Pepé Le Pew romances Plastic Man, who has disguised himself as a cat; Aquaman is nearly blown out of the sea by Yosemite Sam’s pirate ship; and Green Arrow is given a box containing Michigan J. Frog who will only sign & dance for him; to name only a few. Of course, by the end of the series, order is restored to both the DC and Looney Tunes universes.
The Looney Tunes would appear on the covers of DC Comics once more 15 years later in 2015, when Looney Tunes characters were inserted across 26 of DC’s most popular titles, featuring Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Marvin the Martian, Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, Tazmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam and more – but the characters never appeared in the stories. These were indeed simple variants to increase interest and therefore sales in DC’s titles. Between 2013 and 2015, DC experimented with several variant cover series across its titles, incorporating MAD Magazine, feature film movie poster homages, and scenes from Carton Network’s Robot Chicken.
The success of this 2015 series of Looney Tunes variants, and the other variants published during this period, would lead in 2017 to a second DC/Looney Tunes crossover event. This second crossover event, rather than being a four-issue mini-series, would span (XX) of DC’s best-selling titles and once again feature the Looney Tunes characters in the stories.
Sources: Wikipedia (Superman & Bugs Bunny)