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Marvin the Martian original production drawing from Return to Duck Dodgers

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This Marvin the Martian original production drawing from Return to Duck Dodgers is a great stylized clean-up of the beloved character.

Marvin the Martian is a character from Warner Bros.Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. He frequently appears as a villain in cartoons and video games, and wears helmet and skirt. The character was voiced by Mel BlancJoe AlaskeyBob Bergen and Eric Bauza, among others.

Marvin's design was based on a style of armor usually worn by the Roman god Mars. "That was the uniform that Mars wore — that helmet and skirt. We thought putting it on this ant-like creature might be funny. But since he had no mouth, we had to convey that he was speaking totally through his movements. It demanded a kind of expressive body mechanics."

Marvin was never named in the original shorts – he was referred to as the Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hare in 1952. However, in 1979, once the character attracted merchandising interest, the name "Marvin" was selected for The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie. Before though, Jones personally referred to him as Antwerp, due to his ant inspired conception, as well as Jones finding the Martian’s personality as a twerp. The name was even used for official Looney Tunes media and merchandise before The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie was released.

Marvin hails from the planet Mars, but is often found elsewhere. He is often accompanied by his dog "K-9", and sometimes by other creatures (one gag, first used in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958), being candy-sized "Instant Martians" that become full-size on addition of drops of water).

Marvin wears a Roman soldier's uniform, with basketball shoes. The style of these shoes resembles the Chuck Taylor All-Stars brand name, considered to be the "generic" or "standard" basketball sneaker. His head is a black sphere with only eyes for features. The curved crest of his helmet appears, with the push-broom-like upper section, to comically resemble an ancient Greek hoplite's or a Roman centurion's helmet. The appearance of the combination of Marvin's head and helmet led to Bugs Bunny referring to him as a "bowling ball wearing a spittoon" in one short. Marvin speaks with a soft, nasally voice, and often speaks technobabble. The helmet and skirt that he wears are green and his suit is red (in a few of the original shorts, his suit was green). He is also known for his trademark quotes "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!", "Isn't that lovely?", and "This makes me very angry, very angry indeed." (which is usually followed by him huffing and puffing)