Woody Woodpecker and his captive client in The...

Woody Woodpecker and his captive client in The Barber of Seville (1944), directed by Shamus Culhane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walter Lantz #250 (October 1949) features the anthropomorphic-funny animal Woody Woodpecker playing golf.

Four Color #202

Before Woody would rise to the top of Walter Lantz’s cartoon empire, Andy Panda served as the lead.  In fact, Woody’s first appearance was as a supporting character in the Andy Panda’s cartoon, Knock Knock (1940).  After Mel Blanc developed Woody’s iconic laugh, Lantz’s wife, Grace Stafford also often provided voice to the classic Woodpecker.