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Walt Disney's Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse Paperback – December 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Gemstone Publishing; First softcover edition edition (December 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888472065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888472066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 1934 to 1944, Good Housekeeping magazine included a legendary series of Disney one-page features.
Johnny Heering
The book is beautifully designed and printed, with the artwork and photos reproduced in lush colors on high-quality glossy paper.
M. Kish
It will be a book that fans of Disney animation, comics, memorabilia, and history will all be able to appreciate.
Tim Janson

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Edwards on December 9, 2005
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This book is outstanding! The covers are of thick, slick paper and the inside pages are slick paper with quality thickness. There is color throughout the book and the color is sharp and bright. The printing is very clear and readable.

Although this art and story from the 1930s/1940s Good Housekeeping Magazine is unknown to casual Disney fans, it is an important part of early marketing efforts of the small Disney company of that time. I've known about these art and story treasures for decades and I'm thrilled to now own them in this book!!

The information in the book appears to be thoroughly researched and is presented in an entertaining manner.

I have bought previous books from Gemstone Publishing, so I knew their quality work - but the quality of this book surpasses even my expectations.

I feel that any Disney fan, especially those interested in the early cartoons and the early animated films, will love this book. This book is a bargain at its full suggested retail price, but it is a bargain deluxe at Amazon's reduced price!!!

I have spent hours pouring over this book and expect to get weeks of pleasure reading it. It is the type of book that I will return to read in the future again and again and again.

One note of warning ... Gemstone Publishing's books usually don't have large print runs. If you decide you want this book, I would suggest ordering it as soon as possible while it is still available for sale.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on December 23, 2005
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This sumptuously handsome volume reprints - in full, and then some - the famous Disney pages that ran in Good Housekeeping magazine from 1934 to 1944. Many of these pages, which married rhyming text to gorgeously drawn and colored illustrations, were "adaptations" of Disney short cartoons that were either in production at the time or had just been released. As editor David Gerstein reveals in intricate detail, the word "adaptation" could literally mean anything from a fairly accurate précis of the cartoon's plot to an extremely early version of the project -- later to be changed extensively, but preserved for the young readers of the GH feature like a prehistoric creature encased in amber. On occasion, the feature even presented summaries of cartoons that never saw ultimate release. The GH pages have been discussed on occasion by various authors, but Gerstein's work is likely to remain the definitive discussion into the foreseeable future - not least because he "eggs the pudding" with reprints of press releases, trade reviews, original storyboard art, related comic-strip and comic-book material, and text adaptations that spun off from the GH pages and appeared in children's books and such contemporary periodicals as Mickey Mouse Magazine, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, and the British Mickey Mouse Weekly. This mass of additional material places each page firmly in its historical perspective and lends strong credence to the thesis, presented by Gerstein in the book's foreword, that the GH pages served the important historical function of "standardizing" the appearance of characters for promotional purposes.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2006
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In 1934, Good Housekeeping Magazine and Disney began a partnership that would last ten years and prove very beneficial to both parties. Good Housekeeping would publish a Disney page in each issue of their magazine, taking advantage of the ever-growing popularity of the animated characters that Disney was creating. On Disney's side, it gave them an opportunity to publicize their upcoming animated short features in a magazine that had a readership of over two million. Thus with the April 1934 issue, Disney's Silly Symphonies would make their first appearance with "The Grasshopper and the Ants". The Disney page would tell the story of each cartoon in verse with all new illustrations provided by Disney staff artist Tom Wood.

This lavish book by David Gerstein reprints all ten years worth of the Disney pages from Good Housekeeping in an over-sized, breathtaking format, printed on heavy glossy stock. But the book is much more than just the Disney page reprints. The book also features a synopsis of each of the animated shorts featured on the Disney Page, as well as excerpts from interviews with Disney talent, pictures of rare presskit material, storyboard sketches, reprints from newspaper and foreign adaptations of the shorts, and even vintage merchandise made to coincide with the release of the films. For "The Tortoise and the Hare", the book reprints 8 pages of the newspaper strip that adapted the story.

Mickey Mouse makes his first of many appearances in January 1935 with "The Band Concert". Other Mickey shorts featured in the book include "Alpine Mickey", "Mickey's Magic Hat", "Clock Cleaners", "The Brave Little Tailor" and "Mickey's Magic Lamp".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on July 3, 2007
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From 1934 to 1944, Good Housekeeping magazine included a legendary series of Disney one-page features. Disney cartoons were adapted into beautifully illustrated rhymed verses. Almost all of these pages are great. In addition to that, the book includes a lot of other material. The plots of the actual cartoons are synopsised, with differences between the cartoon and the GH page being noted. And other merchandise based on the cartoons is featured; including toys, presskits, comic strips and much more. This is truly a treasure trove for Disney fans.
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