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Missing mink? by Rabbette Missing mink? by Rabbette
An excerpt from Looney Tunes comics #126, a parody of the movie Troy.
Something I've always wondered about this. Was there supposed to be a Minerva Mink cameo here and they found out they could not use the character?
Or is it simply a celebrity I don't recognize as the goddess Minerva?
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BLADEDGE Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Darn it Daffy, LET HER HELP!
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TatsudomoStudios Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I think it's just a play on the character's name as an in-joke to that mink. And a case of mistaken identity on Daffy's part.
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DreadedOne131 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Very logical! :P
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WhyMe777x Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, when I first saw this strip, the last panel where Daffy says "Oh no, you don't!", my first impression was that he was directly referring to the fact that she looked like Minerva Mink, and he was implying "You don't belong in this comic" because he knew who she looked like. I'm guessing it was simply a nod to Animaniacs; her 2 episodes ran a decade earlier, so the comic artist or his/her children could have been fan(s) of the show, or perhaps everybody at WB has access to a conglomerated database of characters and the artist simply searched for a character who fit the best with the goddess' name/traits.

As for what celebrity it could possibly be, Minerva Mink was originally named Marilyn Mink, because she was based on Marilyn Monroe, and they changed her name in the process. It could be rationalized that this Minerva is also based on the actress, though I believe to the artist that never came to mind.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Nah, if they were going to use Minerva they would have used her. I still think they just had to remove her at the last minute.
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RaccoonPioneer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Personally, I believe that Minerva Mink was supposed to make an appearance here. But, since Animaniacs is under the ownership of two parties -- Warner Brothers and Steven Spielberg respectively -- I think that Warner Brothers was unable to put Minerva Mink into this comic. Furthermore, judging from this short sample of the comic, this was meant to be a nod to classical mythology. Depicting the Roman goddess of Minerva as a mink probably wouldn't satisfy everyone. Still, I think it would have been interesting had they put Minerva Mink in there, rather than a humanized variant of her.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
That's always been my opinion on it too.
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lovehurtslol Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
ahahaha that is totally minerva
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Tori-In-Boots Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Please send me this in an email, the whole story, please and thanks
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
ok, sent it to ya
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Tori-In-Boots Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I think it's a human Minerva. Just look at that hair and stance in th3 third panel.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I agree, and since Daffy says "No more cameos" on the next page i think our favorite mink was supposed to be there.
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Tiny-Toons-Fan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It would've been interesting to have seen Minerva Mink in a Looney Tunes comic. Too bad they never used her.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Yeah, someone said Plucky Duck appeared in one, I'm looking for that.
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Tiny-Toons-Fan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That wouldn't surprise me.
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Taigan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
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That is strange. the only thing I can think of is that in TV series, when someone writes an episode that introduces a new character, they get royalties on every subsequent appearance of that character. So maybe something similar kept them from wanting to pay the Animanacs writers for the comic?

When did this comic come out?
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
See my response to lukosv above.
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crabula290e Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I think it's just a play on words. Minerva is actually the name of the roman counterpart of the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Probably why they named her Minerva mink in the first place.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Oh I know about the name, its just wondering if Minerva Mink was originally drawn in the story that I'm questioning.
Porky Pig and Crusher appear earlier in the story, on the next page after this Daffy dumps Minerva over the side saying "no more cameos".
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crabula290e Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Ah.. Well I feel stupid. ^^;
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
No reason to feel stupid, after all you did not know about the rest of the story and dialogue
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lukosv Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hair is spot on. The franchises both belong to the same company so there is no reason they couldn't legally pull a cameo.
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
While they are both WB properties, Animaniacs was one of the Spielberg shows which may effect if those characters can be used. Notice here where even though it says Buster Bunny it does not look like him very much [link] and here where Buster & Babs are hidden in shadow [link]
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HaggisMcCrablice Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They could have used another rabbit character from the classic era, though. Perhaps Casbah, the rabbit Bugs fights with over a dame in "Hare Splitter" (Freleng, 1948) , or even the original "Happy Rabbit" prototype from 1938. 
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Rabbette Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Oh no doubt they could've found a character to use. I was just thinking they may have originally drawn Minerva Mink and then found they could not use her and so substituted a human.
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lukosv Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That could have been for the effect. Working in an inside joke without it being to center stage.
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