The Original Mickey, Volume One

According to an article recently posted by the Christian Science Monitor, Mickey Mouse is about to have a “new” series released about his life as an action hero. This series is a comic strip, started in the 1930’s, that depicts Mickey’s mischievous on-screen nature in a method that Disney had always dreamed of doing himself. In the beginning, the strip struggled, until Disney found its long-term artist, Floyd Gottfredson, who would animate the cartoon for the next 45 years. An icon in the animation world, Gottfredson is accredited with making the Mickey strip into a masterpiece, and an imaginative series that is still greatly sought-after by comic fans and collectors.

Up until now, the strip has only been somewhat reprinted, mostly in Europe. However, Fantagraphics Books will be publishing the original strip in a series of volumes, the first of which will be called, “Race to Death Valley.” Each page will contain three strips with black-and-white reproductions taken straight from Disney’s archives. In addition, the book will contain essays on each of the strip’s authors and characters, as well as rare publicity art and foreign edition cover art.

While the first volume will include some of the series’ more rough and experimental ideas that came before the characters had really found their proper place, this seems like a worthwhile purchase for the traditional Mickey-lover. After all, there is something to be said for the origins of Mr. Mouse and his incredible transformation over the years. Volume 1 is available now and Volume 2 is available for pre-order or order both books in a set “Race to Death Valley – Vol 1 and 2.”.

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About Amanda Correia

Amanda is currently living in Los Angeles, finishing up her last semester as a Marketing student at Emerson College. She is proud to say that she is currently interning at the Jim Henson Company, which has been an absolute dream! Emerson has provided her with many great opportunities, such as being Editor-in-Chief of the college yearbook, playing Quidditch, and working as a tour guide. However, Amanda can't wait to graduate and pursue her immense passions for children's educational entertainment, marketing, travel, blogging, and pretending she's a Disney princess! Marketing for Children's Entertainment Blog:
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  6. Hi Amanda,

    I’m co-editor of Fantagraphics’ Mickey Mouse series—and I should note that while you speak of the series as still being something that is “about” to happen, the first volume (“Race to Death Valley”) is now in the shops, so you can find it now!
    Here’s hoping you end up enjoying these classic comics as much as I do.

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