Saturday, June 1, 2013
It’s MICKEY… and He’s in COLOR!
Coming soon from Fantagraphics: “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Volume 1: Call of the Wild”.
This is the next release in the magnificent series of hardcover books from Fantagraphics Books that is commonly referred to as “The Floyd Gottfredson Library”, that started with this issue…
…And most recently presented this one!
Now, I can announce that I’ve been given the honor to participate in one of the truly great comics projects of our time! …Having said so, I hope you’ll buy the book anyway.
My contribution is a one-page text to introduce the 1934 Sunday strip continuity titled “Rumplewatt the Giant” – and, in so doing, zero-in on a peculiar aspect of that story that I don’t believe anyone has covered before. You’ll also find many more such intros by David Gerstein, Thad Komorowski, Leonardo Gori, and Francesco Stajano. Among such company, I’m glad they managed to make some room for me.
Beyond that, David Gerstein and I had great fun in titling various gag-Sundays, to which no known titles have been previously attached. I’ve seen an advance copy of this book – and I can no longer tell which ones were his (far more) and which ones were mine (far fewer, thankfully). It’s great when collaborative efforts become as seamless as that! The only one of mine I can still recognize as such was a gag-strip concerning the crossing of a huge puddle on stilts, that I called “Stilt Waters Run Deep”! …And, after this, they STILL let me participate! Imagine that!
Seriously, there aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to adequately describe the work that David Gerstein and Gary Groth have done on this series! It is a Mickey Mouse / Disney comics fan’s literal “Dream Come True”!
But, why take it from me, when you can read a review from Jerry Beck, at THIS LINK.
If you haven’t been along for the four volumes so far, this first Color Sundays volume is an ideal place to start – chock full, as it is, with both continuities and stand-along gag strips.
It’s more fun than you’ll have in a Month of… er, “SUNDAYS”!