Floyd Gottfredson... created an enduring classic and the most fully-formed depiction of Disney’s most important character…. Gottfredson had an animator’s knack for storytelling, and his layouts remain clear no matter how busy they get. Much of the humor is stilted by modern standards, but you’ll be too enthralled by the exciting plots and likable characters to care. (Garrett Martin - Paste)
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Race To Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who aren't necessarily plugged into comic strip history…. I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers. (Leonard Maltin)
It should go without saying that Fantagraphics has done their usual stellar job in regards to editorial presentation and design... [O]ne of the Great Comic Strips Of All Time. (Patrick Markfort - Articulate Nerd)
We’ve already seen the gorgeous treatment that Fantagraphics has given to books like Peanuts... so there’s no doubt that Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse will get the same. Kudos to them for bringing the work of a legendary artist back to today’s readers in a way that will honor his memory and contributions to the medium. (David Wolkin - Comics Alliance)
…[I]t’s not just a great Mickey Mouse comic, it’s one of the best comics of all time. (Chris Sims - Comics Alliance)
Mickey Mouse is one of the most important and revered characters in pop culture, and no other creator has written him so human, so interestingly, so uniquely fun and vibrant as Floyd Gottfredson has. The cover price is too little to ask, as the stories in this book are a treasury of the highs sequential art can hit. (Rafael Gaitan - Comics Bulletin)
I was astounded to discover that once upon a time, Mickey Mouse comics were really good! And exciting!... Plenty of good background material puts it all in context for the new reader, previously unaware of this strip or Gottfredson’s skill. I haven’t had a better adventure read this year, in sheer 'I don’t want to put this down!' desire to find out what comes next. (Johanna Draper Carlson - Comics Worth Reading)
Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull’s mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails. (Time Magazine (1931))
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. Mickey is multi-dimensional in the first volume.... 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)
...[O]ne could not have asked for a better presentation, with the reproduction about as good as it gets for 80-year-old comic strips, and a veritable plethora of extras.... To sum up, anyone who likes Disney, cartoons, or comic strips will find tons of things to love about this.... A terrific book, highly recommended. (Sean Gaffney - A Case Suitable for Treatment)
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. He is a Disney Legend and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2006.
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.
My friend lent me a copy of this book and I have to say I was very impressed. My only exposure to Disney Comics in general were the Carl Barks Donald Ducks stories. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Studente Conan
This fine book gives wonderful insight into the early "life" of a beloved character, Mickey Mouse. It shows why Mickey gained and grew to such popularity over the years. Read morePublished 21 months ago by T. O. Breitling
Floyd Gottfredson tutored briefly under Walt himself before taking on this strip. He WAS the printed version of Mickey Mouse for many, many years. Here is his earliest work. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Ben Goddard
Growing up I read many Walt Disney Comics. One of my main sources was the great "Walt Disney Comics Digest" put out by Gold Key Comics/Western Publications. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Michael R. Brown
I picked this up at a discount and I'm very impressed by it. It stars a younger version of Micky and Minnie running around in a comic strip. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Chris Collins
It's common to make excuses for the past, to assume that people who lived and died before we did are therefore lesser, limited beings, stunted by not having been born in the... Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Andrew C Wheeler
Anyone who is considering purchasing this book but who is unfamiliar with Floyd Gottfredson and his work on the daily strip should first understand that there are essentially TWO... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Bryan Byrd
While recent comic stories, movies, and games like Epic Mickey are reintroducing a more adventurous Mickey Mouse to audiences more familiar with him as a suburban homeowner, more... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by A. KAPLAN
Every once in a while, a book comes along that is simply spectacular. This collection of comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson is a perfect example of how to present, analyze and... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by George H. Taylor Jr.