I can’t even conceive of a context where it makes sense that what is apparently the tortoise and the hare story features a tortoise with a nose ring suggesting that he and the hare “eat each other”. I would give anything for a peek inside the minds of old comic book writers to see their creative processes.
Also the tortoise looks like a crow.
The Origin of Furries.
That settles it, somehow I gotta track me down a copy of Zoo Funnies #2 (December 1945).
Tortoise with a ring in its beak? Was that ever a ‘thing’?
Looks like R. Crumb’s infant subconscious.
Note to GQ: no, even the furries I know are WTFing over this one.