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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1) (Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse) Hardcover – June 15, 2011
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“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)
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a collector of comic book reprint hardcover material - of which there has been a great number lately. They vary in quality and it really comes down to three things:
1) do you like the character/comic?
2) is the artwork complete, reproduced well, and authentic?
3) are there any value-added materials in the book - such as essays, photos, etc?
If you are reading this review - then I must assume you have some interest in Mickey Mouse and/or Gottfredson's artwork - so #1 is a given.
As for #2 and #3 - wow. Just wow.
This book does an excellent job of printing the material on a nice, heavy, white paper that makes the art look fantastic (and it is fantastic art to start with). The paper is matte, so there is no glare, but it is quality paper that is crisp and doesn't fade or "smudge" the work. It looks wonderful.
As for #3 - this is where this book may be the best comic strip reprint book I've ever seen.
The essays and photos are top-notch and enlightening. I am especially impressed with the short essays introducing each "chapter" or story that the volume holds. You really get context and interest as you embark on the next pages. There is some material that I haven't seen reprinted since "The Censored Mouse" - a very short-lived comic in the 80's (2 issues?). I am glad to see some of that material here - where it can be treated as part of a cultural heritage, in the context of the times it was created with appropriate information and essay explanation.
This book is just rich in material - both reprinted strips and supporting information. I cannot think of a better example of what a strip collection could be. It's fantastic and I look forward to every published volume finding its way into my collection.
The first storyline featuring Gottfredson's talents was `Mickey Mouse in Death Valley' upon which this book is named. Walt Disney himself wrote the first third of the story and let me just say that Disney may have been a brilliant businessman but as a writer he was lacking. Disney's Mickey seemed to only talk in puns and stale jokes and the story was all over the place. When Gottfredson took over writing he initially emulated Disney and it wasn't until the second story, `Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers', that Gottfredson began to find his own style and by the time `Mickey Mouse Boxing Champ' rolled out Gottfredson had made the character his own. He slowed the stories down to a pace more appropriate for a daily comic and his art style improved to the point where it was just off the charts magnificent. Whereas the first story felt hokey, frantic and dated Gottfredson changed the series to feel funny, well paced and edgy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on December 20, 2013 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 on December 1, 2013 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.