And (Imagine that!), it’s fallen to David Gerstein, Chris Meyer, and me to “turn out the lights”.
David’s extensive credentials and invaluable contributions to both this title – and the classic character series of Walt Disney comic books in general – speaks for itself. Let’s just say that we would be ALL THE POORER by lots, if David had decided to take up teaching, accounting, computer technology, or some other endeavor.
Chris has been a great and enthusiastic editor to work with. His occasional changes to my work are changes I often agree with. You don’t hear that too often from freelancers!
As for me:
My first issue of WDC&S (bought for “very little me” by my grandmother) was # 226 (Dell Comics July, 1959).
I became a contributor to this fine publication with issue # 718 (Boom! Studios/Kaboom! April, 2011), dialoguing a 1963 story drawn by Paul Murry – the self-same artist of “The Return of the Phantom Blot”. (Our story, “To the Moon by Noon”, was very likely done AROUND THE SAME TIME AS “The Return of the Phantom Blot”!)
And now, here I am – with David and Chris – closing out the run (Though I really hope I’m wrong about this!) with issue # 720, on a story with The Phantom Blot in it! Hmmm… I’d say there was more than one “Full Circle” example lurking in these observations.
Beyond that, I could end up being the unlikely answer to a trivia question…
“Who wrote the last original line of dialogue for WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES?"
And, back in 1964, if you ever told "my kid self" it would be me, I'd have dropped dead on the spot... (Oh my, if I DID "drop dead", I'd have never written the line -- and caused a great big time paradox, wouldn't I!)
The issue features Part Two of Romano Scarpa’s “The Treasure of Marco Topo”… and knowing that this could POSSIBLY (Again, please let me be wrong!) be the last issue of WDC&S for all time, I gave Mickey what I’d like to believe is a very fitting closing line!
Please read the issue, and tell me what you think, via the Comments Section.
...And the cover is by CASTY! How's that to go out on!
We’ll be back with more, later in the week!