Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Funky Winkerbean, also known as simply the Winkerbean, is an American cartoon character that was created by Bill Finger and Steve Ditchendorf in Marvel Comics' popular comic book series, The Fantastic Four. The character was first introduced in Fantastic Four Vol. 2, No. 2. His comic book appearances have spanned four separate seasons and four separate volumes. In all, there are twenty-four different episodes in the series. There are also eleven one-shot specials that have been released exclusively to Marvel Comics' subscribers. If you want to learn more about the history of the Winkerbean and his interactions with the other members of the Fantastic Four, I will provide a quick synopsis of how he made his introduction to the world of comics.
The Winkbean was a creation of a young artist named Bob Kane. He had come up with the idea while he and his pal, Bill Finger, were trying to come up with a new concept for a comic book story. They had brainstormed about farming utensils and farm animals, but when they came up with the idea for Winkerbean, it stuck with them. Afterward, they decided to give the character a name. Originally, the Winkerbean was going to be called Winklebarf, but the name was changed at the last minute because the duo realized that adults would not find the humor in a baby name.
One of the most popular things about the Winkybean is his silly personality. When he first appeared in the comic, he was portrayed as a very overweight, slow-witted, but lovable comic relief character. As time went on, however, he was given a few traits that made him a unique comic book character. First, he started to appear as a guest star in one-shots that Bendis and illustrated artists drew in the script. This allowed the creative team to put more into the storyline, making it easier for them to develop the winkerbean character.
Also, over time, more of Winkerbean's acquaintances were drawn, giving him a whole cast of supporting characters. There was Hook the pirate, Mojo Jojo, and even the evil Doctor Octopus. Even though most of the supporting characters were never actually seen, their inclusion still made Winkerbean more exciting. In fact, some writers preferred to include only Winkbean, since he was by far the most popular of all the Bugs Bunny characters.
But what made Winkbean one of the most enduringly popular characters? Part of it was his goofy appearance, of course. Winklebean was always wearing a fun, weird hat that gave him the look of someone who was out of place in every scene he was in. Part of it was also the way he always tried to help the others in his adventures, even if he was usually an inexperienced adventurer himself. He didn't always take on giant monsters head on, he tried to stop the bad guys from hurting the good ones, and generally played the role of the good guy without seeming to be selfish or heartless.
Another reason Winklebean became a favorite among viewers and readers was because he was so lovable. People loved to root for Winklebean because he always treated people with respect, no matter who they were. As a result, a wide variety of Winklebean toys were created, ranging from stuffed toys to figurines to clothing items. He became a part of many children's lives, and some adults continue to have Winkbean dolls as children. Even when he became an adult, he was still considered lovable, as was his friend, Sylvester, whom he always managed to save from trouble.
The Funky Winklebean also had many different friends, including many that got to be featured in many of the cartoon episodes. These characters included Bloooop, Foof, Dippers, Pipsqueak, Toodee, and Mr. Squigles. Many of these were later turned into beloved figures by their own children, and some are still around today. In addition to the main characters, there were also supporting cast, including many female characters, which helped make the Funky Winklebean even more popular. Even though there were only a few episodes featuring Winklebean, it is still possible to collect all the Funky Winklebean episodes from when he was a baby, right up through the years when he became a grownup.
One of the most interesting things about the Funky Winklebean was his unusual appearance. When he was a baby, he was covered in a big white fur coat, which was originally white, pink and green, but because he kept on growing, he eventually turned into his present colors. He also had an equally unusual name, which led to many being confused when they heard it. A lot of people simply called him Winklebean, but in truth, he was referred to as Mr. Squigles.