It’s time to stop blogging about “Franken-Sandy-Storm”, and get back to what we’re SUPPOSED to do here at TIAH Blog… celebrate (as our banner states) “The Universe of Things That Interest Me” … and, hopefully, YOU as well.
And, right now, that includes the Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse classic that has been alternately known as “Mickey Mouse and his Sky Adventure”, “Mickey Mouse on Sky Island”, -- and now a bit more permanently as “Island in the Sky”.
|Another GREAT volume from Fantagraphics!|
Perhaps “Island in the Sky” has settled in as the “Official” title, due to its inclusion in Fantagraphics’ “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: House of the Seven Haunts by Floyd Gottfredson” Volume 4 of the series.
The story of Dr. Einmug and his fantastic discovery has appeared many times, in many different formats – even with an occasional different artist! Here is my “Letter of Comment” from Disney Comics MICKEY MOUSE ADVENTURES # 12 (May, 1991) on the subject of its appearance in MMA # 10:
|Mickey Mouse Adventures # 10|
“It seems you can’t keep Dr. Einmug down (pun intended). By my estimation, MICKEY MOUSE ADVENTURES # 10 appears to be the EIGHTH permutation of the classic tale of Mickey and the floating island.
“The FIRST, of course, would be Floyd Gottfredson’s newspaper strips of 1936-37. Can anyone out there claim to have seen it in its original form?
“The SECOND would be a reformatting of the original strips for an appearance in WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 1-2 (1940). Our villain was “Peg Leg Pete” in both name and physical appearance. Doberman was a “Captain”, and a greater verbal exchange existed between the characters, serving to theorize on the workings of Dr. Einmug’s formula.
|Dell Four Color # 214|
“Bill Wright was apparently asked to redraw the story for its THIRD appearance, in DELL FOUR COLOR # 214 (1948), to conform to the characters’ more modern designs. Pete, no longer encumbered by his peg leg, underwent a change of name. This version ran for 32 pages.
“The FOURTH incarnation was featured in MICKEY MOUSE # 105 (February, 1966), and was essentially the same as FOUR COLOR # 214, only edited down to 24 pages.
|Mickey Mouse # 105|
“Number FIVE was part of Western Publishing’s “Dynabrite Comics” series and was identical to Number FOUR, with the exception of some minor dialogue relating to Pete.
“The Gottfredson version returned [ as Number SIX ] in the hardcover book MICKEY MOUSE BEST COMICS by Abbeville Press (1978).
|Abbeville Press Mickey Mouse Best Comics|
“The SEVENTH presentation was a bit of a surprise. It is one of a series of hardcover children’s illustrated books, published in 1990 by Twin Books/Mallard Press featuring the “adventure-oriented” Mickey.
“Stephen De Stefano’s new splash panel and Pete’s latest alias are added to Number FOUR to form the EIGHTH distinctly different publication of this fine story [in MMA # 10].
“The history lesson is finished, but is “Sky Adventure”? I think not. Should an animated television series based on Mickey’s adventures ever become a reality, would you care to speculate as to which classic “Mouse Tale” would be among the first to be adapted?”
[ End of Original Letter of Comment ]
|WDC&S # 582|
Beyond that, “Island in the Sky” floated on to THREE MORE incarnations (all by Gottfredson): Disney Comics’ WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 582 - 583 (1993), Boom! Studios’ WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES ARCHIVES Volume 1, and finally the aforementioned Fantagraphics volume…
…for a grand total of ELEVEN completely unique versions of what may very well be the greatest Mickey Mouse comic story of all time.
Update: November 20, 2012: There is ONE MORE version of this story, that is discussed in THIS POST!