Disney-comics digest #214.
73633.152 at compuserve.com
Mon Jan 17 05:40:16 CET 1994
DON and DAVID:
I suppose, given our past and even current inclination to modify the past to
make it possible to reprint it in the present, we could change that note in
Taliaferro's HD&L introductory strip, but Disney simply won't pass it now.
Doesn't even matter if Gladstone itself had reprinted it before, we can't
print it NOW. An awful lot of what we do that seems inexplicable to our
readers boils down to just that.
One form of revisionism we have on occasion practiced has a recent example in
the Murry-drawn Phantom Blot story that featured Blot, Mickey, Donald and
Scrooge, and appeared in a recent Donald & Mickey (I don't remember which one
at the moment, they all blur together for me most of the time). In this case,
we decided this very rare crossover in its original form would not play as
well to today's audience as it might if we tweaked the dialogue a little. So
we tweaked. Reception has been mixed, as expected. The question that remains
is: is trying to improve the past, for whatever reason, any more justifiable
than suppressing it?
Just thought I'd throw that out.
By the by, in case anyone thinks Gladstone does little more than play fall guy
to the Disney powers-that-be, I should mention that we are also hardened
veterans of this roadshow and have developed a few little tricks of our own.
Getting the license BACK, for example...
After that bit of gleeful pomposity, I close.
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