Our first full-color Mickey Mouse comic strip collection guest stars Donald Duck and features many never-before-reprinted strips.
We’re jumping from black and white to classic color―as Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse series makes its 1932-35 Sunday strip debut! Bright hues highlight our hero as he enjoys four years’ worth of wild weekend epics... taking him from Uncle Mortimer’s Wild West ranch to the icy peak of frigid Mount Fishflake! And in this volume, Mickey is joined by a famous co-star: Donald Duck! Floyd Gottfredson, artist of the Sunday Mickey Mouse from 1932-38, created the most famous Mickey tales ever told in print. These Sunday specials―many never before reprinted―also feature the work of later Donald Duck master Al Taliaferro. Collectively, they form a collection that fans have been seeking for a lifetime! Highlights include “Mickey’s Nephews,” introducing Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, and “Dr. Oofgay’s Secret Serum,” which turns Horace Horsecollar into a brainwashed wild mustang! Classic gag stories round out the book, offering manic Mouse mischief at a fever pitch. Restored from Disney’s art sources and enhanced with a meticulous recreation of the strips’ original color, Call of the Wild also brings you more than 30 pages of chromatic supplementary features! You’ll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a prismatic pack of Disney scholars.
NOTE: Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: Call of the Wild contains cartoon violence and historically dated content presented in context.Full color illustrations throughout
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Hired as a short-term replacement on the fledgling Mickey Mouse daily strip in 1930, Floyd Gottfredson (1905–1986) went on to draw the feature for the next 45 years. He created the most famous Mickey tales ever told in print. He is a Disney Legend and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2006.
David Gerstein is a comic book writer/editor and animation historian specializing in the Disney Standard Characters. His books include Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse and Walt Disney Treasures―Disney Comics: 70 Years of Innovation. He lives in New York City, NY.
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.
The burgeoning popularity of Mickey Mouse on the screen and in the daily newspaper comics made the 1932 addition of a full-color Sunday strip inevitable. The first surprise in this collection of the initial four years of Sunday installments is that in this early color incarnation, Mickey’s face was pink rather than white! But, more significantly, each Sunday strip comprised about a dozen panels, not the measly four panels of the dailies, permitting a different pace: gags could be extended longer, and story lines unwound at their leisure. Unlike the dailies, which featured stories that went on for weeks, the Sundays mixed serialized adventures—in this volume, Mickey visits the Wild West, fights a giant in a fairy tale he tells his nephews, and scales a mountain to win a $1,000 prize—with single-episode gag strips, all drawn in a charmingly old-fashioned style. The high-spirited, adventure-seeking mouse in these vintage strips—a far cry from today’s bland, domesticated version—makes it clear why Mickey captivated Depression-era America. --Gordon Flagg
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