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Oswald the Rabbit (Lantz)
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For a greater discussion of the necessity of this character, please refer to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
While very early Lantz-supervised Oswald cartoons did have some similarity with the earlier Disney version, Lantz quickly moved away from that original design, gradually making him more and more white, and increasingly more "realistic", with each new cartoon. As shown at top right, the major move in the theatrical version was to make him look more like the common conception of the Easter Bunny. Later, when he was almost exclusively a comic book character, Oswald was no longer a "lucky" rabbit, and he was decidedly more earth-toned.

While it can certainly be argued that all comic book appearances of Oswald were in fact of the Lantz version (because Universal, and not Disney, had licensed them), Oswald's original run in More Fun Comics was of the original Disney/Iwerks conception. At the time of the More Fun run, his theatrical appearance matched the image at top right.

Now that Disney has reasserted claim over their version of the character, this database will retroactively claim that all comic appearances featuring an Oswald that looks like the picture here are in fact using a different character from the ones pictured on this page—which Universal still owns.

The best sense that can be made of the somewhat complicated 2006 arrangement to get Oswald back to Disney is that Disney owns "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit", while Universal owns "Oswald the Rabbit".

First Appearance: The Funnies (1936) #64

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Issue Appearances:
Dell Giant (1959)

Four Color Comics (1942)
New Funnies (1942)
Walter Lantz New Funnies (1946)
Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker's Back To School (1952)
Woody Woodpecker (1991)

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