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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 4: "House Of The Seven Haunts!" (Vol. 4) (Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse) Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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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.
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Many folks would probably argue that "Island in the Sky," aka "The Sky Adventure," is the best continuity in this volume. It's certainly had the hardiest afterlife, as Joe Torcivia describes in great detail here. The memorable characterization of Dr.Read more ›
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.
This then is the fourth of what should be about 15 or so volumes reprinting all the dailies (and now also Sunday) Mickey Mouse adventure strips by Gottfredson. While he worked on the strip for several decades, I believe they will only go from 1930 to 1955, when the adventure stories ended in favor of gag-a-day strips (per editorial decree). And he also only worked on the Sunday strip for about 5 years. So with about 2 years per daily volume, there should be 12 volumes of dailies and 2 of Sundays.
Each volume will follow the same basic format. A great introductory essay that gives info on the strip and the current set of stories. Then the stories, broken up into distinct storylines with some introductory info on each.Read more ›
As a big fan of classic comics it's hard for me to imagine a better artist than Floyd Gottfredson. Mickey has gone through a lot of alterations in appearance throughout the decades but for me this is the definitive Mickey. There is no artist I know of with cleaner more consistent lines than Gottfredson. Writing wise I put would put him among the greats but not at the top. I think his contemporary E.C. Segar was a better storyteller. Unlike most comic artists Gottfredson was not the creator of Mickey but was a company artist for Disney so to some degree he was constrained in what he could do. Fellow Disney artist Carl Barks of Donald Duck fame was in a similar situation inheriting anothers creation but Barks made the ducks more his own and his stories were more inventive. What makes Gottfredson special for me is that he is able to take well trodden storylines and infuse them with his own magic so that in the end I actually slightly prefer Gottfredson to Barks. To me these stories are the quintessential essence of Disney. There is an innocence here that doesn't feel manufactured as is often the case with Disney.Read more ›
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Once again, everyone's favorite Big Cheese is destined for thrills, chills, and spills! In Volume 4 of this high-quality series, piloted by the brilliant penciler-plotter Floyd... Read morePublished 10 months ago by P. Ryan Anthony
Once again Fantagraphics has assembled a beautiful collection with equally stellar reproduction and rewarding supplementary mayerial; once again as well the sequencing is somewhat... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve D.
this book was a X-mas gift for my son and he loved it , so that is what I wantedPublished on February 7, 2013 by Winston E. Stakely
This book is a really good collection of older Mickey Mouse comics. I wasn't too into the first two stories, but I really liked the rest of the book. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by terriercat1
I'm loving all the books in this collection! They all represent a part of Disney that not everybody knows or remembers.Published on December 10, 2012 by Monique.