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Mickey Mouse, Vol. 2 by Floyd Gottfredson
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Dec 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novels-comics
Read from January 20 to December 16, 2012 — I own a copy

I love these beautifully designed collections of the Mickey Mouse daily comic strips from the early 1930s. Fantagraphics Books has done a wonderful job on compiling, in chronological order, these funny and adventure-filled early adventures of the world famous mouse. Floyd Gottfredson devised the plots and drew the pencil work for all of the strips, but others contributed to the scripts. Many of the scripts were written by some of Disney's cartoon writers, people like Ted Osborne, Merrill De Maris and Webb Smith. As you will learn from the great wealth of supplemental materials and essays in the book, many of the comic strips were adapted from the Mickey Mouse cartoons that were being currently worked on by the Disney studio. For example, the "Blaggard Castle" storyline which ran in newspapers from November of 1932 to February of 1933 was adapted from the cartoon "The Mad Doctor," which was released in 1933. If you're a fan of early Disney, you'll find all of the essays informative. There is also loads of supplemental art, much of it in color. You'll get to see many of the paintings that Floyd Gottfredson did later in life where he recreated scenes from his most popular strips. But there are also wonderful reproductions of cover art from foreign (and domestic) editions of various comic books, coloring books and Big Little books. This is volume 2 in the series, but all of these books are not only great fun to read, but real treasure troves for fans of Disney's history.
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