Sunday, December 7, 2014
Fantagraphics Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson: “Long Ago”, but Not Far Away!
Now that we've survived Thanksgiving, you're probably wondering what to get that special man, woman, comics-fan, duck, or mouse in your life for the holidays. Right?
Look no further than "Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson Volume 6 Lost in Lands of Long Ago", the latest in the magnificent Disney comic strip classic volumes published by Fantagraphics!
I've said it before, and I'll never stop saying it: "These books are a reader's and fan's dream come true!"
This volume could be said to bring the remaining "Golden Age" adventures of Mickey Mouse to a close, before he embarks upon his World War II, Post War, and Cold War Era adventures.
Contained herein are such well-known Mouse classics as:
"The Bar-None Ranch" (1940)
"Bellhop Detective" (1940)
"Land of Long Ago" (1940-41)
"Love Trouble" (1941)
"Mickey Mouse Super-Salesman" (1941)
"Mystery at Hidden River" (1941-42)
"The Gleam" (1942)
Most of these have transcended the newspaper funnies pages of the early 1940s, and permeated our general consciousness, thanks to subsequent printings by Dell Comics, Gladstone Series One, and Gemstone.
However, here is your opportunity to see them in all their original glory, just as Floyd Gottfredson intended -- and with more "Extra Features" than you'll find on most contemporary DVDs!
One of those "Extra Features" being an introductory text to "The Gleam" written by yours truly, in which I finally get the opportunity to to discuss (as part of the greater topics of "hypnosis" and "deception", as seen in this story) what I have always felt was perhaps "...the comics medium's biggest cheat" - and how comics creators often turn it to their advantage in ways that could never apply to other media.
It's come up in my fanzine writings and Letters of Comment to comic book editors over the years, but now I finally make the case on the grandest stage of all! Do let me know if you agree.
I also note "The Gleam's" place, on the Gottfredsonian Timeline as the "perfect transitory midpoint" between the more classic mysteries like "The Phantom Blot" and the Post-War adventures to come. Your thoughts on that are also welcome.
But, let us never forget, it is the enduring genius of Floyd Gottfredson and the impeccable production values of Fantagraphics that are the stars here - and I remain humble and grateful for the opportunity to be a very small part of of this outstanding endeavor.