Sunday, September 9, 2018
Adventures in Comic-Boxing: The Strange Case of Walt Disney Showcase!
Last post, we made the case for IDW's WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6 being a substitute for the never-published PHANTOM BLOT # 8.
But, did you know this is not the first time "WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE" substituted for an unexpectedly canceled favorite comic book title of the 1960s?
MOBY DUCK made his debut in Gold Key's DONALD DUCK # 112 (Cover Date: March, 1967)...
...became a recurring member of Donald's supporting cast...
...and finally achieved an ongoing title of his own!
Above is MOBY DUCK # 11 (Cover Date: October, 1970). After this issue, I eagerly awaited MOBY DUCK # 12... not knowing that the title had been cancelled!
But, unlike with PHANTOM BLOT 7 in 1966...
...which was followed by nothing bearing the name "The Phantom Blot", until 2018's IDW WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6...
...Something unexpected DID turn up in the fall of 1970, when MOBY DUCK # 12 was to be released!
Would you believe a GOLD KEY issue of a title called WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE?
Apparently, this was to be both the cover and contents of MOBY DUCK # 12. And, while it did help soften the blow of MOBY DUCK's abrupt cancellation, it also meant that Moby was (pardon the expression)... sunk!
On the bright side, however, there eventually WAS an actual MOBY DUCK # 12 - though it wouldn't arrive until 1973 - and in the very same month that it should have arrived in 1970! Imagine that!
This particular run of MOBY DUCK would continue until early 1978, ending with issue # 30! But, if that isn't enough to make this an "Adventure in Comic-Boxing", consider that MOBY DUCK # 30 - the final issue of the title in the USA - ended with a reprint of THIS...
Yes, the cover and lead story of "The-MOBY-DUCK-#12- That-Never-Was" became part of the regular run with its final issue!
We'll close with a small "gallery" of abruptly-cancelled titles and "The-WALT-DISNEY-SHOWCASE-Issues-That-Followed-Them"!
PHANTOM BLOT # 7 (1966) and WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 6 (2018)
MOBY DUCK # 11 (1970), GOLD KEY WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE # 2 (1970) and MOBY DUCK # 30 (1978)