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80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND

Although anthropomorphic, funny animal books go back to the earliest days of comic books (think Mickey Mouse, for example), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) are generally credited with initiating a funny animal bubble in the mid-80's. Although there was a fair amount of humorous titles, the term 'funny animal' does not imply only comedy. There were also many serious titles. But, for the most part, this deluge of black and white books were made cheap and produced fast. And seemingly, any animal that could hold a sword jumped into the fray. The funny animal bubble was part of a larger black and white publishing bubble brought on by a continental shift in the comic book market itself. The direct market was not that old, and comic book specialty shops had just begun to proliferate into suburbia. Comic books had outgrown the newstands. TMNT was an unexpected hit, with its popularity parlaying into even more popularity. What began as a simple parody grew into a phenomenon. The 80's trend generated a multitude of such parodies--even parodies of the TMNT themselves. Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters. Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos. Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils. Most of the books from this period are horrible in retrospect, but for fans of the right age, they made a lasting impression. Some of the more well known funny animal books, like Disney's cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny and Heathcliff weathered this period of anthropomorphic glut. A rare few, created in the bubble, survived beyond its bursting: TMNT on originality and Usagi Yojimbo on masterful storytelling. Marvel's Rocket Raccoon, created in this timeframe, was reborn in the 2000's as part of a new Guardians of the Galaxy team.

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DESTROYER DUCK [1982]1-7FEB, 1982MAY, 1984ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
ARMY SURPLUS KOMIKZ FEATURING CUTEY BUNNY [1982]1-519821985JOSHUA QUAGMIRE ENTERPRISES80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
ALBEDO [1983]0-14SUMMER, 1983SPRING, 1989THOUGHTS AND IMAGES80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
THUNDER BUNNY [1984]1-1JAN, 1984JAN, 1984ARCHIE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDARCHIE RED CIRCLE
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES [1984]1-621984AUG, 1993MIRAGE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
PETER PORKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM [1985]1-17MAY, 1985SEP, 1987MARVEL80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDMARVEL STARSPIDER-MAN FAMILY TITLES
ROCKET RACCOON [1985]1-4MAY, 1985AUG, 1985MARVEL80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDGUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
FISH POLICE [1985]1-11JUN, 1985NOV, 1987FISHWRAP PRODUCTIONS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
THUNDERBUNNY [1985]1-5JUN, 1985FEB, 1986WARP GRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
MANGAZINE [1985]1-5AUG, 1985DEC, 1986ANTARCTIC PRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
EB'NN [1985]1-2OCT, 1985FEB, 1986CROWQUILL80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
EQUINE THE UNCIVILIZED [1985]1-7NOV, 1985AUG, 1990GRAPHXPRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TALES FROM THE ANIVERSE [1985]1-6DEC, 1985FEB, 1987ARROW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
SPACE ARK [1985]1-219851986AC80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TALES OF THE JACKALOPE [1986]1-7FEB, 1986FEB, 1987BLACKTHORNE PUBLISHING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TROLLORDS [1986]1-15FEB, 1986FEB, 1988TRU STUDIOS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
MIAMI MICE [1986]1-4APR, 1986JAN, 1987RIP OFF PRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
THUNDERBUNNY [1986]6-12APR, 1986NOV, 1987APPLE PRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
CRITTERS [1986]1-50JUN, 1986MAY, 1990FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
EB'NN [1986]3-6JUN, 1986JAN, 1987NOW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
BORIS THE BEAR [1986]1-12AUG, 1986OCT, 1987DARK HORSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
COLD-BLOODED CHAMELEON COMMANDOS [1986]1-5AUG, 1986JUN, 1987BLACKTHORNE PUBLISHING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
PRE-TEEN DIRTY-GENE KUNG-FU KANGAROOS [1986]1-3AUG, 1986JAN, 1987ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
SAMURAI SQUIRREL [1986]1-2SEP, 1986JAN, 1987SPOTLIGHT80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDSAMURAI
ALIEN DUCKLINGS [1986]1-4OCT, 1986APR, 1987BLACKTHORNE PUBLISHING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
CROW OF THE BEAR CLAN [1986]1-6OCT, 19861986BLACKTHORNE PUBLISHING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
NAIVE INTER-DIMENSIONAL COMMANDO KOALAS [1986]1-1OCT, 1986OCT, 1986INDEPENDENT COMICS GROUP80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
SPACE BEAVER [1986]1-11OCT, 1986APR, 1989TEN-BUCK80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
G.I. JACKRABBITS [1986]1-1DEC, 1986DEC, 1986EXCALIBUR PUBLICATIONS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS [1986]1-91986JAN, 1988COMIC CASTLE/ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
BUSHIDO BLADE OF ZATOICHI WALRUS [1986]1-219861987SOLSON80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
FLESH AND BONES [1986]1-419861986FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
GERIATRIC GANGRENE JUJITSU GERBILS [1986]1-219861986PLANET-X-PRODUCTIONS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
SAMURAI PENGUIN [1986]1-81986MAY, 1989SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDSAMURAI
GUERRILLA GROUNDHOG [1987]1-2JAN, 1987MAR, 1987ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
PENGUIN AND PENCILGUIN [1987]1-8JAN, 1987SPRING, 1994FRAGMENTS WEST80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
CHRONICLES OF PANDA KHAN [1987]1-4FEB, 1987AUG, 1989ABACUS PRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
BULLET CROW, FOWL OF FORTUNE [1987]1-2MAR, 1987APR, 1987ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
DOG BOY [1987]1-10MAR, 1987APR, 1988FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
CORBAN THE BARBEARIAN [1987]1-2APR, 1987JUN, 1987MCNEIL ENTREPRENEURS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
MORPHS [1987]1-4APR, 1987SEP, 1988GRAPHXPRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES [1987]1-7MAY, 1987AUG, 1989MIRAGE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
CONTRACTORS [1987]1-1JUN, 1987JUN, 1987ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
BORIS THE BEAR INSTANT COLOR CLASSICS [1987]1-3JUL, 1987DEC, 1987DARK HORSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
FISH POLICE SPECIAL [1987]1-1JUL, 1987JUL, 1987COMICO80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
USAGI YOJIMBO [1987]1-38JUL, 1987MAR, 1993FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDUSAGI YOJIMBO
WACKY SQUIRREL SUMMER FUN SPECIAL [1987]1-1JUL, 1987JUL, 1987DARK HORSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
ANIVERSE [1987]1-2OCT, 1987DEC, 1987WEEBEE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
WACKY SQUIRREL [1987]1-4OCT, 1987OCT, 1988DARK HORSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
GRUNTS [1987]1-1NOV, 1987NOV, 1987MIRAGE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
MENAGERIE [1987]1-2NOV, 19871987CHROME TIGER80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
BARNEY THE INVISIBLE TURTLE [1987]1-119871987AMAZING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
SPACE ARK [1987]3-51987SEP, 1987APPLE PRESS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
WABBIT WAMPAGE [1987]1-119871987AMAZING80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
CRITTERS SPECIAL [1988]1-1JAN, 1988JAN, 1988FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
FISH POLICE [1988]5-17APR, 1988JUN, 1989COMICO80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS MASSACRE THE JAPANESE INVASION [1989]1-1AUG, 1989AUG, 1989ECLIPSE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
POWER PACHYDERMS [1989]1-1SEP, 1989SEP, 1989MARVEL80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL [1989]1-3NOV, 1989SEP, 1992FANTAGRAPHICS80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDUSAGI YOJIMBO
ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS [2008]1-420082008DYNAMITE80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION [2011-HC]1-7NOV, 2011JAN, 2019IDW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION [2017-TPB]1-4OCT, 2017NOV, 2019IDW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS [2018-TPB]1-3APR, 2018MAY, 2020IDW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
BRUTE FORCE [2018-TPB](1)OCT, 2018OCT, 2018MARVEL80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TREND
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET [2019-SLIP](1)MAY, 2019MAY, 2019IDW80'S FUNNY ANIMAL TRENDTEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES



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