Bunny looked like a hybrid of an Archie comic crossed with an ish of Millie the Model...at least at first glance, for neither Archie nor Millie ever (at least as far as my experience goes) ever extolled the virtues of hot pants painting! This was some high-powered, psychedelic "hippie" stuff to a seven year old boy! By the time I got to the end of the mag, though, my mind was truly, totally blown. (Well, again, for a seven year old kid.) The finale of this rather unique mag was a feature called Fruitman. I was too young to question the wisdom of giving a super-hero such a moniker--a chubby, pun-loving green grocer who could transform himself into pieces of fruit in order to fight crime was plenty strange enough, thank you very much!
According to Michael Eury's must-have tome, Hero-A-Go-Go, Fruitman was a regular feature in Bunny and was the creation of either Harvey publisher Alfred Harvey or his nephew Warren, with early adventures illoed by Hy Rosen (!). "Wax Whacks" was most likely written by Lennie Herman and illustrated by Ernie Colon. (A quick check of Grand Comics Database just turns up question marks, btw.) Whoever did it warped a special part of Young Groove's brain! Thanks, Harvey Comics!
|Cover art by Hy Eisman|