Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Sale September 16, 2015: MICKEY MOUSE # 4 from IDW.

Search high.  Search low.  Search above. Search below.  But get yourself a copy of MICKEY MOUSE # 4 (Legacy Numbering: 313) from IDW. 

In it, you’ll find the New-to-the-USA “Mickey Mouse and the Gift of the Sun Lord” (originally from the Italian TOPOLINO # 2565, in 2005) written by the Modern Master of the Mouse Andrea (“Casty”) Castellan, with lively art by the great Giorgio Cavazzano – all brought to you by the superb translation and dialoguing of Jonathan Gray! 

Mickey attends one of those simultaneously stuffy and fascinating lectures we all wish we could attend, on the Ancient Mayans. 

As if a “Mystery Buff” of Mickey’s caliber could miss this! 

Though maybe THIS "Mystery Buff" would pass...


The lecturer’s associate is none other than Eurasia Toft, to whom we were introduced to in the now classic IDW MICKEY MOUSE # 1

Oh-oh, Eurasia’s in trouble…

Mickey and Goofy leap into action!

Have they EVER done “jungle nonsense”! 

A wonderful pun by Jonathan!  …HE’S “one in a million”! 

Waitaminnit!  "GREAT SQUEAK?!!" REALLY?!  Gray giveth and he taketh away - one panel later!  

No surprise, Pete’s involved. 

But here’s a surprise for Pete from Eurasia!  It's never that easy though, as there's plenty more villainy to come

No more spoilers, but here’s an awesome panel by Cavazzano! 

What happens inside?  You'll not find out from me!  

The issue is rounded-out by a one-page Mickey and Goofy gag by Paul Murry, from Dell Comics’ MICKEY MOUSE # 61 (1958).

So, “make an appointment” to pick up MICKEY MOUSE # 4 (Legacy Numbering: 313).  Just don’t use the Mayan Calendar, or you may be disappointed. 

As always, once you’ve read the issue, please come back and join the discussion in our Comments Section! 

Just remember, I do not speak for IDW, or anyone in its employ.  I speak strictly for myself as both a long-time fan and as a dialogue creator – and those opinions are strictly my own. 

I’ll meet you back here for another lively comment thread!  

Just don't anyone say "Great Squeak!", okay?  

And, don’t forget, Casty returns with story AND art in MICKEY MOUSE # 6… and I might be there to “help out just a little”.   


Comicbookrehab said...

Eurasia is an effective replacement of the archetypal "professor" character that usually accompanies Mickey and Goofy on their adventures - Professor Dustibones, Doctor Einmeg, Doc Static - only she offers some nice moments of humor and derring-do that keep the pace rolling. I wonder if Casty has her meet Goofy's uncle, Arizona Dipp?

It looks like we'll start seeing stories written and illustrated by Casty soon. I think the last two were the first stories he wrote. Not a bad debut.

Joe Torcivia said...


Uncharacteristic of me, the thought of the ORDER of the Casty stories we’ve seen published in the USA (over Boom! and IDW) did not cross my mind until reading your comment.

If I correctly interpret THIS LINK, the Eurasia Toft debut story appearing in IDW’s MICKEY MOUSE # 1 would be the FOURTH story Casty wrote. And the one in this issue would be Number 12 – though it appears with the “number 13” because the COVER (his first) is counted as “number 12”.

The stories we saw during Boom!’s run, came later. And the one scheduled for IDW’s MICKEY MOUSE # 6 in November, which Casty also drew, came after those. Originating in 2010, the story we call “Plan Dine from Outer Space” would be the MOST RECENT Casty story to appear in the USA to this point.

And, looking over that link, the greatest thing is that there are SO MANY MORE Casty stories (whether writing-only, or both story and art) that can appear here in the future! And 3, out of the first 6, IDW issues is certainly a great start!

Comicbookrehab said...

I hope IDW reprints that "Magnificent Doublejoke" story. I recall him mention it when an interview was included with Boom!'s trade paperback collection of "Mickey Mouse and The Orbiting Nightmare". And whike glancing at the link, I notice he's done a LOT pitting Mickey against The Phantom Blot, so I look forward to seeing that too. I know he didn't write that "Sound Blot" tale, but I liked it because that adversarial relationship between Mickey and The Blot is always fun...even though he seemed more like Dr. Doofenshmirtz without his mask on. Or Dick Dastardly..stop the pigeon, stop the platypus, stop that rodent...:)

Joe Torcivia said...

And, when those Casty Blot stories appear, I hope I get to dialogue them! It never hurts to start lobbying early! :-)