“Over time, Mickey’s personality becomes more refined…; scrappier, tougher and more determined to seek justice (or an adventure) regardless of the odds. …[T]his series is rich with detail, both in the strip itself and in the editorial handling of the material, [in a way] that puts other reprint projects to shame
.” (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)
. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil… Gottfredson’s charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines.” (Gordon Flagg - Booklist)
“Gottfredson’s comics are as classy, funny and as slick as the Disney shorts from the same period.... A fine package, a full meal, and a perfect follow-up to volume 1, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: Trapped on Treasure Island
fills a gap long-neglected in animation history. Buy it.
” (Jerry Beck - Cartoon Brew)
“…[A]s amazing as it sounds David Gerstein and Fantagraphics have managed to do it again: they have produced at the same time the best Disney comic book of 2011 and one of the best Disney history books of the year
.” (Didier Ghez - Disney History)
“The Mickey Mouse books from Fantagraphics… feel like the Criterion Collection DVDs translated into comic strip compilations, a prime example of how to give the readers more than their money’s worth
.... With Mickey Mouse: Trapped on Treasure Island
, I’m already eager to see what Gottfredson did next. I’m in for the long haul.” (Greg McElhatton - Read About Comics)
“These Floyd Gottfredson-created adventure strips… are everything you want from a feature like this: exuberant, lovely-looking and a lot of fun
.” (Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter)
“The stories are dense, packing plenty of dialogue into the strips — and the themes are darker than the bright-eyed, factory-sealed tales of today.... The reproduction is crisp — the black inks are meticulous in their separation…. This dynamic look is a revelation
in the life of the character who started it all for Disney.” (Alex Carr - Omnivoracious (Amazon.com))
“Can you believe that the tapioca-plain Mickey Mouse was… once a high-spirited adventurer...? He was in the original comic strips... It's one of the classics
.” (David Allen - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Hired as a short-term replacement on the fledgling Mickey Mouse daily strip in 1930, Floyd Gottfredson (1905–1986) went on to draw the feature for the next 45 years. He created the most famous Mickey tales ever told in print.
David Gerstein is a comic book writer/editor and animation historian specializing in the Disney Standard Characters. His books include Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse and Walt Disney Treasures—Disney Comics: 70 Years of Innovation. He lives in New York City, NY.
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.