Confessions of a Comic Book Guy is a weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett reviews Transformers/My Little Pony: Friendship in Disguise!, looks at the new Mandrake the Magician, and finds a new twist in the popularity of the Bugs Bunny stamps.
As for the comic itself, Transformers/My Litttle Pony #1 is an enormous amount of fun. The creators, James Asmus, Ian Flynn, Tony Flees, Jake M. Wood, Jake Lawrence, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Neil Uyetake, do a remarkable job of splicing together two such wildly dissimilar franchises. It consists of two stories, "Transformation is Magic," which does all the heavy lifting required to get the Ponies and Transformers together. And "Shine Like a Diamond," which focuses on Arcee and Rarity as Transformer and Pony as they awkwardly get to know each other, demonstrating that friendship actually can be magic.
Mandrake The Magician Reinvented As 17-Year-Old Girl").
You would think a big Mandrake fan like me would object to this kind of "forced diversity" but turning him into a teenage girl makes nothing but sense in today’s market. Especially given how popular this supposed B-list character Zatanna is: along with appearing in three seasons of Smallville and multiple DC animated series, she has her own young adult graphic novel, Zatanna and the House of Secrets. Of course, I’d much prefer seeing the actual article, and I’m hoping Mandy’s mother turns out to be Narda, Mandrake’s wife, and Princess of the European nation Cockaigne. And there’s evidence we’ll be getting at least a cameo from Mandrake’s partner Lothar; Mandy’s "BFF" is named "LJ," which was Lothar’s son’s name in the 80s Defenders Of The Earth animated series.
Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy - That Oscar-Winning Rabbit"), while talking about Bugs Bunny's 80th Anniversary I mentioned the Bugs Bunny commemorative Forever stamps featuring Bugs in various outfits from his animated shorts. But what I didn’t know then was that, according to Them, the "…two designs that proved to be a favorite among Twitter users were ones featuring Bugs in drag," and that users expressed "…their love and appreciation for recognizing Bugs’ most gender-expansive moments." Those being Bugs as Brunhilde from What’s Opera, Doc? and Hare Ribbin’ where he's seen as "a sultry mermaid wearing red lipstick."
Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy --Gender Norm Panic Meltdown"), men dressing as women have long been a comedy staple, but the difference here seems to be with the way that he did it. The 'joke' wasn't that Bug was dressed as a girl, it was the approving way Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam reacted to him when he was dressed that way. Trans historian Susan Stryker has said, "When Bugs Bunny was doing ‘girl,’ Bugs Bunny was desirable and powerful."
Since I really can’t speak with any authority on this subject, I’ll close by quoting Bugs from Rabbit Every Monday: "I don't ask questions. I just have fun."
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