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Gold Key Logo; used from 1962-1981

Whitman Comics Logo

Whitman Comics Logo; used from 1981-1984

Gold Key/Whitman Comics is a comic book publisher. It was operated by Western Publishing, from 1962-1984. The Gold Key Comics name was changed to Whitman Comics in 1981 and that was used until its demise.

Looneyness

In 1962, Western Publishing ended its partnership with Dell Comics, taking many comic licenses, including the Looney Tunes license with them. The main Looney Tunes comic book series took a hiatus till 1975, while the character comic books continued from Dell Comics in 1962. All Looney Tunes productions ceased in 1982 (excluding Beep Beep, The Road Runner, which ended in 1984 and Porky Pig/Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny which ended in 1980), two years before Gold Key/Whitman would meet its demise.

  • Looney Tunes - (1975 - 1982)
  • Daffy Duck - (1962 - 1982)
  • Bugs Bunny - (1962 - 1982)(?)
  • Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny - (1970 - 1982)(?)
  • Tweety and Sylvester - (1963 - 1982)(?)(While under the Whitman title, no new issues were produced. Instead, past issues were re-published under the Whitman name)
  • Beep, Beep! The Road Runner - (1966 - 1984)
  • Porky Pig/Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny - (1965 - 1980)

Looney Tunes after Gold Key/Whitman Comics

After Gold Key/Whitman Comics stopped publishing Looney Tunes-related comics in 1982, all series came to a halt, some taking mere hiatuses, and some never coming back at all. Despite Warner Brothers owning DC Comics, the Looney Tunes comics didn't move over to DC Comics until 1990, when a three-issue mini-series of Bugs Bunny comics came out. The Bugs Bunny series came back one last time in 1993 as Bugs Bunny Monthly, which ran 3 more issues. This was the last revival of the Bugs Bunny series. In 1994, the regular Looney Tunes series came back into print, continuing to this day with over 200 issues.

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