As we bid farewell to 2012, we close our first full year since 2002 without the "Core Four" Disney comic book titles: WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES, MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, and UNCLE SCROOGE.
Marking the occasion of the first of what I fear may be several (if not many) years without these comics, I offer up an unseen aspect of one of their very last vestiges, as we peer bravely into the heretofore unseen and unknown! BEWARE!
My "Editor Supreme" David Gerstein and I sometimes have the fun of my scripting things especially for his eyes – knowing they will never make the cut – such as an alternate title to the “Pirate Gold” sequel I called “I Am Curious (Yellow Beak)”!
After Mickey delivered his closing line to Romano Scarpa's “The Treasure of Marco Topo” Part Two, in WDC&S # 720 , I kept on going… writing nonsensically, but still from the heart, at the prospect of these titles ending forever.
It was tacked on to the end of my first draft as a lark – and never intended for publication. But, after a full year of Disney drought, here it is for you to enjoy… or recoil in horror (You decide!)
Here's the end of the story, followed by the "End Beyond the End" in special color text:
Minnie: Our last night in Venice! And, by the time we get home, everyone will forget about that dreadful reality show!
Brigitta: Yes, but it was fun being famous for a while!
Mickey: Fame is measured by character, Brigitta! Not TV bites! Here’s to the greatest bunch o’ characters I know!
[…And here’s to you and the gang, Mickey! And to “Unca”s Carl and Floyd, and “Maestro” Scarpa! From Joe and David!
And Dell, Whitman, Gladstone I, Disney Comics, Gladstone II, Gemstone, Boom!... and only the future knows who’s next! Hope to see you all there!
As Marco Topo put it: “Farewell!”] End of post-script ramblings.
I really like Mickey’s line because it speaks for me: “Here’s to the greatest bunch o’ characters I know!” …just in case it really is a long while before they return!
You've just looked beyond "The-End-Of-The-End"! Scary, Huh?