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SDCC ’10 | Fantagraphics, Disney to release Gottfredson’s Mickey strips [Updated]

From "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion," by Floyd Gottfredson (June 1936)

From "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion," by Floyd Gottfredson (June 1936)

Fantagraphics Books announced this afternoon from Comic-Con International, via Twitter, that it has partnered with Disney to publish the complete Mickey Mouse comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson, the cartoonist renowned for his defining work on the character. He is to Mickey Mouse comics what Carl Barks is to Donald Duck comics.

Gottfredson was 24 years old when he was assigned to the fledgling Mickey Mouse strip in 1930, and continued to work on it for the next 45 years. During his long tenure, he introduced such characters as the miserly Eli Squinch, Mickey’s nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, Chief O’Hara and the Phantom Blot. Gottfredson retired in 1975, and passed away in 1986 at age 81.

Fantagraphics will begin releasing the collections in May 2011. No other details were announced.

Update: Douglas Wolk speaks briefly to Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth about the reprints.




Chris Mautner

July 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Agreed. This is awesome.

And to think I just spent an ungodly sum on an old collection in a used bookshop…

You’d think Marvel would be all over this kind of thing.

I’m literally dying for some kind of complete Carl Barks duck collection or at least a Barks’ Uncle Scrooge Omnibus. There needs to be easy to obtain editions of this material!

If Marvel doesn’t do it, then I hope Disney finds a good publisher who will.

I think Fantagraphics would do a pretty good job.

This is really great news! The early Mickey strips are equivalent to an early Tintin volume. The fact that the Disney company never quite followed up on the adventure model (and left it to the Duck family) seems to be something of a lost opportunity. Just think of what a Mickey who would be continuously traveling be like, compared to the watered-down version we’ve currently got.

Sean T. Collins

July 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

Huge, huge news.

Sounds cool to me. However, I would have expected it to be put out by someone like Boom! Studios. Oh well, I guess Disney doesn’t want to put all their eggs in one basket.

Wait to see if they ever actually publish it. Fantagraphics promised the Pogo collections 3 years ago and we still haven’t seen those.

Is this really HUGE NEWS? I can’t tell if you are all being sarcastic. The art looks pretty good, but what makes them so memorable? Not hating, just wondering what the appeal is.

Despite the amazing, emotional, inventive, funny cartooning, the first few years were adventure strips on par with anything Raymond, Caniff, and Herge produced. They’ve been out of print for far too long.

I highly doubt anyone is being sarcastic since the same sentiment has been echoed by so many.

Well, then I’ll check it out!

The early Mickey strips were ENORMOUSLY influent on the comics produced all over the world, as much or more than even Milton Caniff!

And deservedly so, that stuff was great!

So it is required reading, although it bears mentioning that some of the earlier strips make Tintin in the Congo look like the progressive work it actually was at the time…

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Buddy Deering

July 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Does this mean the story where Mickey ends up a Island of native cannibals will be republished? Uncensored!?

That particular one (the very first Mickey storyline) is hard to say, since it’s not by Gottfredson (it was actually written by WaltDisney himself – at least that’s what History says – and drawn by his then-right-hand-man Ub Iwerks), Gottfredson took over on the next storyline.

But it is still reprinted regularly in Italy…

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Great news!

Those old Mickey adventures are regularly repuplished in Italy and Germany, so I have read them, but it would be nice to have them collected in a worthy manner.

Best wishes

@Anthony: “I’m literally dying for some kind of complete Carl Barks duck collection”

I’m only figuratively dying for one.

Seems like this kind of stuff will also be great for digital distribution for people with ipads etc.

Reply to above post about the Pogo collection being announced and delayed:

That’s right – the Pogo collections have been delayed a few years. Fantagraphics has acknowledged this and explained why online – (In addition – someone in their reproductions department told me over the telephone – that they were having problems reproducing the earliest Pogo sundays and were still trying to find suitable original art to shoot from.

I yelled out loud when I read this email. Italy already got permission to reprint all the Mickey Mouse dailies & sundays and the books have been coming out for several months now – about one a month I believe. So certainly this seems to be a bit more of a reality – that it would actually happen.

Hot Dawg! I’m insanely happy about this.

Why is there no Mickey Mouse equivalent to Ducktales? I actually asked the VP of Development at Disney TV that very same question (he’s a buddy of mine from a few years back). Answer? Something like, “Re-branding old properties isn’t likely to generate much excitement.”

Time to hit the message boards people!

I JUST started a Facebook group to promote the idea of a Mickey Mouse ‘Ducktales’. It’s here if anyone wants to try and sway the powers that be

There are several reprints on the complete Carl barks, at least in Europe. I would like a complete Al Taliaferro instead with the Donald Duck daily strips!

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