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Harri Vaalio

Finnish artist who uses the pseudonym Wallu. He is mostly known for other work than Disney comics.

Finnish Winnie the Pooh

This comes from Wallu himself:
In 1985 the finnish publisher of Disney-comics, Sanomprint, asked me (and two other fellows) to write and draw a five-page-story about Winnie The pooh. I think they were not satisfied with the material that was coming from Denmark. They wanted to produce pages also here in Finland. So I did the story and they took it (with the works of those other two artist) to USA and the US.Disney said to go ahead with me. I had to draw my first story again but then it was published in Finnish Winnie The Pooh magazine in 1986. After that I made ten more stories (4-8 pagers) to Finnish Winnie (5 was printed in normal Winnie-magazine, 6 in smaller Winnie Activity mag into which i also did some other drawins about Pooh, too). I believe they are never published elsewhere. The code they put in the first picture begin with letters SF.

Since none of these stories are in the Inducks there is no creator index for Wallu.

In addition he drew a couple of competition illustrations and some vignette pictures for the activity magazine. He also wrote and drew one story for Egmont:

All the time I was drawing here in Finland the Danish didn't like it. It all came to end when they said to the finns, that if I continued to draw they don't deliver any Donald Duck -material to Finland... So to keep themselves out of harm Sanomaprint didn't fire me but turned me to Gutenberg Hus. Then I Write one storyline in english to Denmark and they said Go ahead. I drew the story ( Winnie The Pooh goes Woozlehunting) and send it to them, but after a long time they send me a letter in where they said that sorry, but I wasn't drawing like Disneymaterial was supposed to draw. They even told me that I draw in old american way, but they had a new way (made in spain...). And Sorry but that's it, GOODBUY. They never paid me anything, and I was too angry to ask... I really don't know what happened to my 12. Winnie The Pooh -story.

Other sources

Bittiviihdettä ja junttihuumoria (in Finnish)
Last updated March 16, 1999.

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