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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: "Robin Hood Rides Again" (Vol. Vol. 2) (Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse) Hardcover – November 16, 2013

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This second volume of full-color Sunday newspaper strips by artist Gottfredson sees Mickey entering a more genteel phase in the late 1930s. Reflecting the domestication of his big-screen incarnation, the mischievous scamp of the earlier strips is giving way to a more decorous rodent who increasingly turns the broad humor over to his dim-witted sidekick, Goofy. In contrast to the daily episodes, which largely featured adventure-oriented story lines that extended for weeks, these Sunday installments are mostly self-contained gags. Welcome exceptions are serialized tales in which Mickey joins Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, becomes a sheriff in the Wild West, and portrays the Brave Little Tailor in an adaptation of his then current film. The strips contain occasional appearances by Disney’s newly hatched character Donald Duck, who would soon displace Mickey as the studio’s biggest star. With their retro appeal, Gottfredson’s buoyant drawings might just look even better now than they did when they were fresh. Gottfredson’s late-1950s Sunday-strip adaptations of Disney classics like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty round out the volume. --Gordon Flagg

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“…'The Robin Hood Adventure'… isn’t just a great story from a great creator, it's the kind of story where I want to just start grabbing people on the street and telling them they have to read it, because it’s one of the weirdest things I have ever read. … Even beyond 'The Robin Hood Adventure,' it's a pretty phenomenal collection that has a lot of varied stuff to offer. There’s the best of Gottfredson's adventures, incredible comedy and interesting looks at other corners of the Disney comics empire, all underneath one cover.” (Chris Sims - ComicsAlliance)
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Product Details

  • Series: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (November 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160699686X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996867
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Swan VINE VOICE on November 6, 2013
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Fantagraphics is currently releasing the works of Carl Barks and Floyd Gottfredson at nearly the exact same time. The latest two volumes arrived at my house just days apart leaving me in the enviable position of figuring out which to read first. Should I go with Barks amazing interpretation of Donald Duck for Dell Comics or Gottfredson's wonderful Mickey Mouse created for newspapers. As much as I love Barks I have to pick Gottfredson but it's no easy choice. As good as Barks is Gottfredson is basically the template for the look of Disney's funny animal comics. Barks carved out his own distinctive look but if there were an archetype for Disney comics it would be Gottfredson. One of the most amazing things about Gottfredson is that he never cuts corners. Where most artists will often skimp on backgrounds sometimes having nothing but a blank wall Gottfredson includes detail on almost every frame. It's as if it never even occurred to him to slack off.

These comics take place in the latter half of the 1930's with a Mickey that's a little more edgy than some might expect. In one story Mickey plays a prank on his rival Mortimer Mouse by betting him $1 he can knock him down without touching him. Mortimer lowers his chin allowing Mickey to deck him with a haymaker. Mickey then tosses him the dollar having lost the bet. I happen to like this Mickey more than the squeaky clean adventure Mickey in the dailies. When it comes to extras Mickey's collection dominates poor Donald. There are essays at the beginning and ending of the book and analysis of the comics starting each chapter. I also am a much bigger fan of the covers of the Gottfredson collection. In fact this series is one of the most gorgeous on my bookshelf.
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Actually, "MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS" might have been a better logo to put on the cover of this handsomely-produced volume. In addition to reprinting the balance of Gottfredson's MICKEY MOUSE Sunday work from January 1936 to December 1938, the book also serves up all subsequent MICKEY Sundays on which Gottfredson filled in for other artists, as well as the Mouse master's contributions to the Disney Studio's TREASURY OF CLASSIC TALES Sunday page. TREASURY was basically a printed vehicle for propagandizing then-current Disney films, though established characters would occasionally appear in completely "new" stories, such as the Gottfredson-scripted, Julius Svendsen-drawn "The Seven Dwarfs and the Witch-Queen" (1958). TREASURY definitely deserves a comprehensive reprinting project of its own; the problem is that this volume explicitly advertises Mickey Mouse as the star attraction. Personally, I would have preferred to have seen one or two prime examples of Gottfredson's non-Mouse work -- Gottfredson's handful of DONALD DUCK strips and "Lambert the Sheepish Lion" (1956), which was drawn by Floyd and written by Disney Comic Strip Department manager Frank Reilly, would have been my choices -- and then devoted the rest of the volume to a more extensive feature on ALL of Gottfredson's "Sunday successors," such as Manuel Gonzales, who does get a brief bio here but who deserved to have a bit more of his fine Sunday work reprinted. I would venture to guess that more newspapers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s were running the Sunday MICKEY page than the daily strip; my hometown paper in Wilmington, DE, which used to run the Gottfredson daily back in the latter's heyday, was doing so by the time I came along.Read more ›
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Once again a terrific balance of comics anthropology and glorious Sunday Color funnies reprints. While some of the narrative in thisvolume suffers from "version of the fairy tale" mundanity, Gottfredson's storyteling and wonderful artwork are top notch. And once again the biggest drawback is the cover price: potential buyers are advised to purchase from the lowest priced seller one can find. With free shipping, of course
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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. I liked many of the comics they reprinted, but among the best were the "duck stories", especially the longer Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge adventures, by Carl Barks (tho like many of us, I would learn who Barks was many years later) and the Mickey Mouse stories by Floyd Gottfredson (tho it was much later that I learned his name as well).

I also came to learn that the great Mickey Mouse adventure stories by Gottfredson were actually reprints of the daily and Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strips. But what was frustrating, was that while Carl Barks materials were reprinted completely several times (and now are again being reprinted by Fantagraphics), no one had done a comprehensive reprint of Gottfredson's work. Until now.

Fantagraphics started off doing volumes reprinting the dailies. They have done 4 of what should be 15 total (the fifth is on the way). But it seemed there were no plans on doing the Sundays. The attitude seemed to be that the Sundays were only gag strips. Many don't realize that in the early days of comic strips, sometimes dailies and Sundays had different story lines. And for some characters, the Sundays were sometimes standalone gag strips. Only later was it the style to merge dailies and Sundays into a single storyline, but some strips never even did that.

However, I had several Mickey Mouse adventure stories taken from the Sundays. So I knew it wasn't true. And while Gottfredson worked on the dailies for many years, he only did the Sundays for about 4 years. Thus the Sundays will be done in 2 volumes.

The Sunday volumes follow the same size and format as the dailies.
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