See Bendy (disambiguation) for other related uses.

Few Bendy comics from Crack-Up Comic Collection book's release announcement image.

The Bendy comics are a series of American comics of varying mediums based on Joey Drew Studios' popular Bendy cartoons, created and released between 1931 and 1946. The identity of the original artists of the comic strips currently remains unknown, other than that they may be Canadian, as one of the comics not only takes place in Canada, but also contains numerous references to popular Canadian culture.

History

Bendy was first adapted into a comic strip in late 1931, under the premise that Bendy and Boris the Wolf are down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers who spoon for food and warmth, even going as far as to con passersby out of their hard-earned money (their most frequent target being Boswell Lotsabucks), and stealing pies from Ruby Goldberg's house, often resulting in hilariously punitive consequences. Two subplots in the comic strips include Alice Angel being portrayed as a singer who has made a name for herself as an entertainer in her own right, and Boris indoctrinating a trio of mischievous sheep in the mischievous ways of Bendy's pranks.

In 1935, due to the repercussions of the Great Depression, much of the United States had fallen into an immense state of anguish, to the point where they did not want to be reminded of their destitution, ultimately resulting in the Bendy comic strip being canceled.

The following year, the Bendy comics were resurrected in the format of more traditional "Dime Store" type comics. Unlike the comic strips, these comics had varying plots and situations, as opposed to a single plot as depicted in the aforementioned comic strips. Bendy was depicted as a prankster with an occasional charitable side (mostly catering to those who have treated him nicely in the past). Boris the Wolf is depicted as a close friend to Bendy, serving as the "patsy" of Bendy’s antics, and as such, often ends up with the short end of the stick. Alice Angel holds a reasonable deal of respect for both Bendy and Boris but serves as the foil to Bendy's pranks, and therefore tries to keep Bendy in line, but the latter hardly ever listens to her.

In 1940, the Great Depression has subsided, only for the United States to be drawn into the fray of World War II, in the wake of the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Many of the writers of the Bendy comics were unable to continue writing, due to the mass drafting to aid in the war effort. As a result, the printing presses were scrapped, save for one, with their remains being repurposed to aid in the war effort.

One year later, Joey Drew used the aforementioned printing press to publish comics to promote the Bendy cartoons. In 1946, the Bendy comics were canceled entirely. As a result of a burst pipe, untold amounts of ink ruined some of the Bendy comics.

In 1972, Nathan Arch, along with several employees of Archgate Films (many of whom, including Arch himself are avid Bendy fans), led an effort in salvaging any Bendy comics that they could. They managed to find several comics of all three previously described mediums. In an attempt to educate future generations about Bendy, he published a collection of these comics and even included a brief history of these comics, as well as his plans to revive the Bendy franchise after the closure of Joey Drew Studios, after allegedly purchasing the Bendy franchising rights from Joey’s estate.

List of Comics

Syndicated Comic Strips

A list of comic strips released from 1931 to 1935. The comic strips' color tone is usually yellow/brown-based sepia, and all characters mostly do not speak other than emitting sounds except on few occasions. Each strips contain 4-8 panels. As of 1972, only 36 comics are known to exist.

Title Publishing Date Notes
Barnyard Opry November 3, 1931 Earliest known comic strip; Bendy and Boris' earliest known comic appearance.
Sole for Supper December 4, 1931 None
Pie and Pop December 18, 1931 Ruby Goldberg's earliest known appearance.
Up in Flames January 13, 1932 Boswell Lotsabucks' earliest known appearance.
What Crumbs Around, Goes Around March 2, 1932 None
The Artist March 17, 1932 None
Cats and Dogs May 4, 1932 None
Two for One September 22, 1932 None
Rain, Rain, Go Away October 2, 1932 None
Bright Idea October 3, 1932 None
Counting Sheep November 10, 1932 The Woolly Triplets' earliest known appearance.
Hands Off November 16, 1932 None
F for Effort January 3, 1933 None
How Not To January 10, 1933 None
On Cloud 9 January 10, 1933 Alice Angel's earliest known comic appearance.
Rocks Cream February 10, 1933 None
Mice Try February 14, 1933 None
Pig Sty April 5, 1933 None
Batter's Eye April 12, 1933 None
Opening Act May 6, 1933 None
Stink or Swim June 7, 1933 None
Bon Appe-Sneak June 10, 1933 None
Ode to Reuben July 10, 1933 None
True Love July 23, 1933 None
Mutt Cuts October 5, 1933 None
Sticky Situation October 8, 1933 None
Encore November 6, 1933 None
Fleas and Z's February 18, 1934 None
Nothing is Free May 18, 1934 None
Three for One June 16, 1934 None
The Money will Roll Right in August 10, 1934 None
Poor Yorick November 20, 1934 None
Graduation Day December 5, 1934 Final known comic appearance of the Woolly Triplets.
Pie and the Sky March 10, 1935 Final known comic appearance of Ruby Goldberg.
Automo-Steal May 3, 1935 None
Opposites Attract May 11, 1935 Final known comic strip.

Dime-Store Comics

A list of comic strips released from 1936 to 1940. The color is changed into mostly black and white, and the characters (even the main cast) speak in complete sentences. Each comics are 14-pages long. As of 1972, only 5 are known to exist.

Title Date Notes
To the Moon 1936 Charley's earliest known comic appearance.
Papa Pluto's Pitchfork 1937 (estimated) None
Yukon Bendy 1938 (estimated) None
Souper Boris 1939 (estimated) None
Alice the Aviator 1940 Barley's earliest known comic appearance.

Promotional Comics

A list of comic strips released from 1941 to 1946. The comic strips are adaptations of the pre-existing Joey Drew Studios cartoons.[1] Each comics are 4-pages long. As of 1972, only 6 are known to exist.

Title Date Notes
Construction Corruption 1941 (estimated) Based on the Construction Corruption cartoon. Edgar's earliest known comic appearance.
Showbiz Bendy 1942 (estimated) Based on the Showbiz Bendy cartoon.
Train Trouble 1943 (estimated) Based on the Train Trouble cartoon as well as Boswell Lotsabucks' final known appearance.
The Devil's Treasure 1944 (estimated) Based on The Devil's Treasure cartoon.
All Washed Up 1945 (estimated) Based on the All Washed Up cartoon.
Giddyup, Bendy! 1946 Possibly based on the idea by Daniel Lewek and Dot, as well as the final known comic.

Trivia

  • Most of every comic strips (if not all) are available to view in the compilation book Crack-Up Comics Collection.
  • The "Syndicated"-era comic strips are illustrated by Mady Giuliani, while the "Dime-Store" and "Promotional" comics are done by Ciro Cangialosi.
  • The unseen comics that has yet to be revealed include: The Adventures of Souper Alice, Champion of Chowder, the unknown follow up to Alice the Aviator and the supposedly controversial Logger Bendy the Axe Juggler.

References

Comics
Syndicated comic strips Barnyard OprySole for SupperPie and PopUp in FlamesWhat Crumbs Around, Goes AroundThe ArtistCats and DogsTwo for OneRain Rain, Go AwayBright IdeaCounting SheepHands OffF for EffortHow Not ToRocks CreamBatter's EyePig StyStink or SwimBon Appe-SneakOde to ReubenTrue LoveMutt CutsSticky SituationOn Cloud 9Mice TryOpening ActTrue LoveEncoreFleas and Z'sNothing is FreeThree for OneThe Money will roll right inPoor YorickGraduation DayPie and the SkyAutomo-StealOpposites Attract
Dime-Store comics To the MoonPapa Pluto's PitchforkYukon BendySouper BorisAlice the Aviator
Promotional comics Construction CorruptionShowbiz BendyTrain TroubleThe Devil's TreasureAll Washed UpGiddyup, Bendy!
Other comics Tombstone Picnic
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