Marvin The Martian

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Testy little extra-terrestrial who has a keen desire to either blow up the Earth or otherwise interfere with its interests, a key player in what is generally a highly memorable series of outings against Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. Like Michigan J. Frog, his current name is an ex post facto moniker; he was never identified by the above name in any of the cartoons, though he was called Commander X-2 in Hasty Hare (Jones, 1952) in the instructions he reads from his commander, E=McSquared.

    In the cases where he wishes to blow up the Earth -- with, as he notes in Hare-Way to the Stars (Jones, 1958) without a trace of irony, “an Earth-shattering kaboom” -- he utilizes the Illudium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator. (Spelling taken from the bar sheet for Hare-Way to the Stars.)

    As probably seems obvious, Jones and Maltese patterned the character after the god Mars, with the helmet and skirt, though not the sneakers, which both he and his assistant, the greenish mutt K-9, wear.

    The 1958 entry in this series, Hare-Way to the Stars is one of the more unusual entries, in that it boasts visionary graphics by Maurice Noble, with cities seemingly suspended in mid space.

    Blanc provided the voice for the character, though it is noteworthy that the voice changed considerably from the one used in the debut to the creamier voice used later on in the series.

    Filmography (all Jones):

        Haredevil Hare (1948)
        Hasty Hare (1952)
        Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century (1953)
        Hare-way to the Stars (1958)
        Mad as a Mars Hare (1963)

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