Real Name: Miyamoto Usagi
First Appearance: Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #3 (Fantagraphics, February 1992)
Identity/Class: Anthropomorphic rabbit, normal in other respects (e.g. no superpowers). Skilled fighter
Occupation: Futuristic space version of a ronin
Affiliations: None known
Known Relatives: Miyamoto Usagi (a.k.a. Usagi Yojimbo), Jotaro, Terry Miyamoto (all ancestors)
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: Outer space
History: Space Usagi is a warrior rabbit in a fuedal future where man...er animalkind have conquered the stars.
Powers/Abilities: Skilled fighter.
Comments: Created by Stan Sakai.
Gordon Aitken informed me that Space Usagi first appeared in the TMNT cartoon prior to appearing in the comics, and noted the release of a "Space Usagi" action figure in 1991, the year before his comic came out. However although there was a Space Usagi figure he didn't actually appear in the Turtles cartoon. His ancestor Usagi Yojimbo does turn up in Episode 50 and 52. What I think happened is some toys executive decided to do a figure variant for Usagi - in the same way there is a Midshipman Mike in a little sailor suit (and that never appeared in the cartoons either). From what Stan Sakai has said in interviews, Stan already had Space Usagi on the drawing board - he mentioned him in an interview in Amazing Heroes #187, published back in January 1991. I'd guess the toy people came to Stan and asked him for another variant for Usagi they could release and Stan gave them Space Usagi.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Usagi Yojimbo, his ancestor
any other rabbits or bunnies.
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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