See Bendy (disambiguation) for other related uses.
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.
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.
|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.|
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.
|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.|
A list of comic strips released from 1941 to 1946. The comic strips are adaptations of the pre-existing Joey Drew Studios cartoons. Each comics are 4-pages long. As of 1972, only 6 are known to exist.
|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.|
- 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.
|Syndicated comic strips||Barnyard Opry • Sole for Supper • Pie and Pop • Up in Flames • What Crumbs Around, Goes Around • The Artist • Cats and Dogs • Two for One • Rain Rain, Go Away • Bright Idea • Counting Sheep • Hands Off • F for Effort • How Not To • Rocks Cream • Batter's Eye • Pig Sty • Stink or Swim • Bon Appe-Sneak • Ode to Reuben • True Love • Mutt Cuts • Sticky Situation • On Cloud 9 • Mice Try • Opening Act • True Love • Encore • Fleas and Z's • Nothing is Free • Three for One • The Money will roll right in • Poor Yorick • Graduation Day • Pie and the Sky • Automo-Steal • Opposites Attract|
|Dime-Store comics||To the Moon • Papa Pluto's Pitchfork • Yukon Bendy • Souper Boris • Alice the Aviator|
|Promotional comics||Construction Corruption • Showbiz Bendy • Train Trouble • The Devil's Treasure • All Washed Up • Giddyup, Bendy!|
|Other comics||Tombstone Picnic|