Somewhere, in the First Class Section of the Blogosphere, exists a very talented artist and researcher named Dan Cunningham. We’ve previously linked to Dan’s great research works on Disney comic books HERE and HERE.
Now, Dan goes somewhere that few researchers have dared to tread… the period leading up to the… um, hijacking... I mean “transitioning” of Disney comic books published by Gladstone Series One to those published in-house by Disney itself. Read this magnificent piece HERE!
Dan comprehensively covers a period I feel has receded far enough into history to be objectively analyzed – but such analysis has yet to occur on any noteworthy scale.
The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were an important period that took us from the doldrums (if not outright HORRORS) of the ‘70s and early / mid ‘80s to the heights of the ‘90s and the “leveling off” that followed in the 2000s.
To that end, I’ll also offer links of my own on the early period of Disney Comics and the animation debut of TAZ-MANIA, which also peek in on the period in question… but pay minimal attention to those as mere framing posts. Dan’s work is the real star attraction today!
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I’m also personally pleased to see Dan’s use of the term “Core Four”, when referring to the traditional comic book titles of MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, and UNCLE SCROOGE… because he (and the rest of you) owe me five-cents royalty for each use of the term.
Speaking of royalties, I hope the New York Yankees never realize that I re-purposed the term “Core Four” from their own references to their group of five-time championship players: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. I may end up owing them!