Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1
Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of
all things Disney. But back in the 1930s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero — an adventurous
scrapper matching wits with mobsters, kidnappers, spies, and even (gulp!) city slickers! And Mickey’s greatest
feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th
century — Floyd Gottfredson.
For its first quarter-century, Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse was a rip-roaring serial: the most popular cartoon-based
comic of its time, a trendsetting adventure continuity aimed at both kids and grown-ups, and the foundation on which
all later Disney comics grew — including the adventures of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge by Gottfredson’s Disney
colleague Carl Barks.
Glimpses of Floyd Gottfredson’s masterpiece have been reprinted over the years, most famously in Bill Blackbeard’s
classic Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics. But the whole strip has never been comprehensively collected in
English — until now! Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring this classic Disney creation to a 21st century audience in
its entirety, starting from the strip’s 1930 launch. Relive Mickey’s race to a gold mine with Pegleg Pete hot on his heels;
Mickey’s life on the lam after being framed for bank robbery; even Mickey’s ringside battle with a hulking heavyweight
champ! The premiere volume features a dozen different adventures starring Mickey, his gal Minnie and her uncle Mortimer,
his pals Horace Horsecollar and Butch, the villainous Pegleg Pete, and the mysterious and shrouded Fox.
Gottfredson’s vibrant visual storytelling has never been more beautifully reproduced; we promise the best reprinting
the strip has ever seen, with each daily lovingly restored from Disney’s original negatives and proof sheets. “Death
Valley” also includes more than 50 pages of fascinating supplementary features, including rare behind-the-scenes art and
vintage publicity material from the first two years of the strip. Critics, scholars, seasoned Disney archivists, and fellow
cartoonists provide commentary and historical essays on the strip’s creation and execution.
Walt Disney often said that his studio’s success “all started with a Mouse” — Walt himself wrote the Mickey Mouse
strip before turning it over to the able hands of Gottfredson — and today Mickey is among the world’s most recognizable
icons. Now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey