Disney-comics digest #590.
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Thu Feb 23 17:01:46 CET 1995
"[Mickey Mouse in Color] is offered again. Are there 3000 _new_
issues, or are there a lot of unsold books?"
It's the latter situation. Actually, what happened was that
when the original limited edition was made, distributors bought a
sizable chunk of the edition at wholesale, but held back many of the
copies to sell later on, so that they could make the limited edition
last for a while. Due to the cost of the book, there's a continued
demand, but the stock is still lasting a while... that's all. The
book wasn't a failure or anything. Gladstone got rid of all THEIR
Poor Gottfredson sure must have been bored by signing all 3000
copies. I don't know how my hero passed on, so maybe the poor fellow
was bored to death by the tedious job.
Gottfredson signed the parchment pages in 1984, a while before
he died. Only later were they cut to size and inserted in the
finished books. Production of MMiC began in 1982, but was halted
when Gladstone decided to wait a few years and tie it to MM's 60th
birthday... at least I believe that's the case.
The Murry story about the Foreign Legion is titled "The Lost
Legion" and is from 1953. This is one of my FAVORITE Murry stories.
Not written by Don Christiansen or Carl Fallberg (Becattini doesn't
know who wrote it). Its writer went back to the Gottfredson Mouse --
Mickey sings "The Sheik of Araby" at one point. I love it!
Presented as a 3-parter, WDC&S 167-169.
> - The Big Bad Wolf (D93298, 6 pages).
"The Magic Rope Trick" -- it was in the British one this week.
> - Donald Duck (H9111, 4 pages).
It's a HDL story in Britain, titled "To Be Honest." The art
looks like Michel Nadorp to me, but I don't know for sure. Those big
tufts of hair on the ducks' heads often indicate his work, though.
That's a Disney-Burbank styling, and he worked for them for a while.
> - Goofy (D92304, 7 pages). Art by Esteban.
Actually, "How to Ski" (that's the title) is NOT drawn by
Esteban. The art looks more like whoever drew that "Art Attack"
story about nine weeks ago (the one where Minnie's painting disappears
and it's actually her birthday... etc.) If you compare Horace to
Estaban's Horace in "Knights and Bolts," you'll see the difference
right away. (For one thing, his tail is grey in "How to Ski," while
Estaban properly makes it black.) Some of the gags in the story are
based on a 1941 Goofy cartoon titled "The Art of Skiing." The author
here obviously had that how-to cartoon in mind and tried to name the
story after it -- but misremembered its name, it would appear.
"My suggestion would be to remove the CB stories, and put in
some Mickey stories in that slot, as outlined above." That would
make DM into MM, and while I would of course love a Mickey title, I
think it would be disastrous financially to use these Goofy stories
there in ANY portion of the comic! They really do sell very poorly
when fans come to the comic looking for MM starring vehicles.
If Mickey got his title back and I was somehow to be the
editor, I'd put a mixture of Gottfredson and Scarpa into it. Then
I'd put new Mickey stories into DM (Egmont and non-Scarpa Italian)
and a mixture of Murry and Bill Wright serials in WDC&S. Then I'd
issue the Goofy Classics stories as annual specials, complete to the
issue. If Gladstone ever gets to add that one-shot series, I think
this is the best idea for them (and that's what you suggested too,
> You say that Mickey's "limited exposure is too valuable to spend on
> ... stories that lack... character development." Uhm, weren't the
> characters developed already, way back when?
Ooooops. I meant character EXPOSITION, in which Mickey's
character is revealed more than it is in these Goofy stories.
Not that I don't think Mickey can't be developed further. I
have my own ideas about how to utilize the FG Mickey in comic-book
stories, and I think you'll be very pleased with my results. My MM
tends to mix the impetuousness of 1931 with the tongue-in-cheek
attitude of 1941 and the thoughtfulness of 1938 -- or at least, he
SHOULD be mixing those things, if I can write the stories right. I'm
using a patchwork Mouse, if you will.
Thanks for answering me so thoughtfully, Augie! It's great to
have these discussions (and I may have more to contribute over the
next couple of days).
Also: A very thoughtful letter about dealing with Disney's
policies. I personally think that the boycott idea could blow
Gladstone straight out of the water. Disney won't care why
Gladstone's comics aren't selling -- they'll only take the license to
the characters and give it to Marvel when it's time to renew in 1996.
Boycotting Disney comics in the States would only hurt Gladstone.
DAVE RAWSON: Sorry I haven't had a chance to write back to
you. I will. But in the meantime, please give me your mailing
address -- I'd like to send you a copy of "Toot Suite," since you
said you'd never seen the artwork. I bought an extra British one for
you. (It's about time I paid you back for sending ME copies of "Tour
de Jour" long before DDA 29 printed it.)
Back tomorrow, gang.
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