Sooner or "gator", you're going to get a copy of MICKEY MOUSE # 9 (Legacy Numbering # 318) from IDW! You just KNOW you are! So, why not do yourself (and your comics retailer) a favor and do it now?
Especially as this issue concludes the exciting story begun last month! You can read about that HERE, and you may wish to do so before reading further!
In the issue, you'll find "The Chirikawa Necklace" (Part 2 of 2), originally from the Italian publication TOPOLINO # 231 (1960), written and drawn by the great Romano Scarpa. Brought to us once again via translation by everyone's favorite Archival Editor David Gerstein, and dialogued in American English by Jonathan Gray and the aforementioned Editor Gerstein!
Page One opens with a brief recap of the events of the previous issue, which ended with sentient Atom "Atomo Bleep-Bleep" spitting in Mickey's face! ( I didn't name him, folks - and please see the post on last month's issue for more on this very strange character!)
Indeed Atomo is giving Mickey a "wet-one" so that he might recall a strange secret memory locked away in his mind.
Personally, should this ever happen to me, I'd much prefer they way Mr. Spock of STAR TREK does it, to Atomo's method!
Nevertheless, Atomo IS effective, even if Mickey might need a towel when finished.
And this leads to an amazing sequence by Scarpa!
Imagine the fear of this home invasion / kidnapping, when you're too little to talk and can barely move!
And, he draws it as if seen through a child's mind, to boot!
Utterly amazing, is all I can say! Is it any wonder that Romano Scarpa is one of the historically great creators in the vast worldwide history of Disney comics!
And note how it is all seen from infant Mickey's point of view! Much more effective than an ordinary flashback sequence!
But, all is not lost for "L'il Mick-Mick" (as the story, courtesy of Jonathan Gray, calls him - clearly "Atomo Bleep-Bleep" did not have a complete monopoly on weird names).
Rescue comes in the form of Aunt Melinda.
Don't you just LOVE the look of relief on Melinda's face - and the similar one we can presume for infant Mickey! No words are necessary!
Just an incredible sequence by Scarpa!
Mickey, Pete, and even Trudy Van Tubb have even more history than we know - and we got to witness Pete's first ever crime!
Mickey and Atomo investigate today's strange doings involving Pete and Trudy with the help of Mickey's "special police pistol full of safe stun rounds"! I sure hope they didn't pack any of those "unsafe stun rounds" by mistake!
Scarpa's far from done, as he gives us the great tunnel sequence. But, where Mickey and Atomo go from here, I'll not spoil.
The issue is rounded out by a Mickey Mouse Sunday newspaper strip reprint from 1950, featuring Ellsworth the mynah bird. Despite the published credit to Manuel Gonzalez, this certainly looks as if it were done by Dick Moores
You'll be seeing more of Ellsworth soon, as dialogued by our own Thad Komorowski.
And, speaking of Thad, he brings us this 1973-era story, originally written by Cal Howard, and drawn by Tony Strobl.
It tickles me no end to see Thad so nicely execute a story with such a Gold Key Comics feel! Even the title and balloon lettering look "right"!
Of course he adds a few nice touches of his own, like this perfectly appropriate Looney Tunes quote...
...And, I'd be very disappointed if he did a story set in a soda shoppe and failed to reference one of the greatest Woody Woodpecker cartoons of all time!
Goofy IS smarter than people give him credit for, especially if he already has a copy of MICKEY MOUSE # 9 (Legacy Numbering # 318) from IDW!
He's also smart enough to have not taken this Coaster ride!
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.
Then, let's all meet back here in the Comments Section to discuss another great issue from IDW. And be sure to bring a face towel when you do!