It took longer than I expected to obtain a copy of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson Color Sundays: “Robin Hood Rides Again”, but was it ever worth the wait!
Beyond the absolute BEST presentation these Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse Sunday newspaper strips have ever had in the United States (…I can’t speak for “The World” -- but, could be!), there are the introductions, essays, and other text features that continue to make the Fantagraphics Gottfredson Mickey Mouse collected series one of the finest archival products on the market!
|It doesn't get better than THESE, folks!|
|Meet Mortimer! Mickey's sorry HE did!|
I have an introductory piece on the “Mickey’s Rival” (which introduced thorn-in-the-side Mortimer Mouse), and “Helpless Helpers” arcs, with Donald Duck and Goofy hampering “Do-It-Yourself-er-Mickey” (page 18), but some the best surprises are to be found elsewhere in the volume!
And, when you can surprise ME, or teach me something I didn’t know about this stuff, I call that REALLY special!
For instance, in “Of Blots and Stressed-Out Bodies” (an appreciation by Tom Neely), I learned that the mystery adversary in the issue below of IDW’s recent POPEYE comic book series was actually a homage to the Phantom Blot. (page 15)
And J.B. Kaufman, in his foreword “Mickey’s Sunday Best: Moving On”, tells us that “Helpless Helpers”, one of the very arcs I wrote about, marked the first appearance of the post-Dippy Dawg character of GOOFY (“…both his name and his appearance consistent with those of his screen counterpart”) in the Sunday strip. (page 9)
Wow, if I had only known it was such a milestone for the Goof, I might not have suggested in my intro that the story as a whole might have seemed “stronger overall” by eliminating Goofy’s lone strip and concentrating exclusively on Donald. Yeah, I really said that.
I hope to make up for that misplaced suggestion in the next volume of Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson, where I hope to contribute something REALLY special.
It’s the Phantom Blot volume… Don’t miss it!
You wouldn't want to anger the Blot, would you?
UPDATE: Additional illustrations that refer to our Comments Section:
Is this "Dippy" or "Goofy" -- or HALF OF EACH? You Decide!
And, just because he was mentioned in the comments: SUPER GOOF!
ADDITIONAL UPDATE: Another illustration below that refers to our Comments Section! There seem to be as many "surprises" in the Comments, as there are in the book itself! ...And, that's the best thing a Blogger could ask for!
Where's Mickey, in the "purple section" to the left? Find out in out Comments Section!