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Disney's Four-Color Adventures Volume 1 Paperback – September 13, 2011
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About the Author
Al Taliaferro began working as a comic strip penciler in 1934. His early comics work involved Bucky Bug and other Silly Symphony Sunday characters. In 1938, he started the first Donald Duck newspaper strip. Within that strip, he created many fan-favorite duck characters including Grandma Duck and Donald’s infamous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. “Disney Legend” Jack Hannah was one of the first creators to put pen to paper for Disney Comics in the late 1930’s. After many successful collaborations with other legendary Disney creators, Hannah went on to direct more than 100 animated Disney cartoon films and shorts.
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'Four Color' was a series of comic books printed by Dell Publishing from 1939 onward. Each print would contain a different character, the stories of which would be from newspaper reprints, or exclusively made for this series.
The name of course comes from the fact that there are four different colored plates that were used to print each page - Black, Cyan, magenta and Yellow.
This edition from Boom! collects #4 and #13 in the Four color series. These are almost facsimile copies of the Four Color books. Certainly has archival value apart from the fun reading them.
Four Color #4 contains 70 odd pages of Donald Duck stories. mostly one page comics. These come from a totally different era. The fun is pure, and assures a hearty laugh. The drawings are simple, clear and highlights the Disney style.
Four Color #13 focuses on Disney's movie based comics. This particular edition contains stories related to the movie The Reluctant Dragon(1941). This also contains Donald, Goofy comics, as well as article on Mickey's Fantasia.
Since these are not remastered but reproduction of the Four Color, which itself was at times reprints, the overall print quality is not comparable with reprints such as Carl Barks Library. But this is a subjective matter, since it brigs in the original flavor of half tones as read in the news papers.
One thing I would have liked it different is the paper. They have used a bit glossy paper, which produces highlights upon reflection, and distracts us from enjoying the print. I wish the publishers take a cue and replace with nice crisp off-white paper with a matte finish.
There were few other Disney based editions of Four Color Comics, and I am sure we can look forward to them being reprinted.