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Disney comics - any fans?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JulesRules, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. fuzzface

    fuzzface Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lebanon, MO
    Huge Barks fan. Always wanted the CB Library as a kid. Now get to buy them from Fantagraphics (and formerly Gladstone/Gemstone) in COLOR. Shouldn't be too many sets left. Don Rosa is also great. And the Floyd F. Mickey strips r gold. Anything with Dippy instead of Goofy is the sh@t
     
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  2. JulesRules

    JulesRules Operational, partially functional Thread Starter

    Location:
    Germany
    Yes, topo is mouse, so Topolino is literally "little mouse", and paper is goose (!), which makes Donald a "little duck".
    In German, Donald Duck has always retained his name, Mickey was Germanized into Micky Maus (see post 3) - same goes for Minnie, who's been Minni for ages (just like in Italy), but recently Disney requested that she grow an "e" so she's now Minnie in German too. Some of the side characters got really different names though.
    I think a lot of comic fans are making a distinction between the Disney comic universe and Disney as a company.
    The latter has never been much involved in the former, ever since Walt stopped drawing the comic strip in, what, 1929?, and Floyd Gottfredson took over. They still have to approve things but other than that, the comic has evolved relatively on its own.
    So the fact that there is a lot of product out there is down to the respective license holders, which are different publishers in different countries - Egmont and Sanoma in Northern Europe, Panini in Italy, Culturama in Brazil (all of which also produce their own material). And as long as they sell well, they will continue to produce product. I don't see how that is any different to other comics which have been going for many decades.

    Mind, I'm not talking about merchandise and the like; I have very little interest in that. I'm interested in the art and storytelling, not the characters as lifeless icons (see the article "A Panel Shaped Screen" I linked above about the distinction).

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  3. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    Yes, I agree...a lot of "fans" are willing to look the other way when it comes to giving them permission to purchase something they want.

    As for myself, I have only two Disney-based comic books, which I prize dearly. They are two issues that were re-printed by another company in the underground comics tradition, and did so when they found out this material had been allowed to lapse into Public Domain. The Disney lawyers were particularly brutal to them afterwards, having determined a thing they no longer had ownership of, was a slight they could not let civil negotiations resolve. The books were not so much intended as a source of income, but rather to show the world they could do it, and Disney's lawyers couldn't stop them.

    I treasure these two issues as I do my initial two copies of Beatles Ultra Rare Trax, or as one might a brick from the Stonewall Inn.
     
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  4. fuzzface

    fuzzface Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lebanon, MO
    Don't keep us guessing. What r the 2 books?
     
  5. lambfan68

    lambfan68 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minnesota
  6. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    Not really the two I was referring to, although these are of course highly significant.

    It would take some digging to locate, as my collection is in relative disarray in the basement. Back in the 'aughts, there was a basement flood, and what survived of my 3000+-issue collection...were in the boxes sitting on the tops of the boxes which were on the floor the night the sump pump failed...and, we were all the way over in Bethlehem at a show. Didn't realize what happened until midday the next day, when I was walking the dog, and saw dozens of neighbors bringing stuff out of their own basements, thinking to myself, "well, we've never had a problem with our sump pump...!" I only checked downstairs on a whim that day. But bottom line, even my cataloging is in disarray at this point, so I'd have to look through dozens of surviving boxes that may or may not be in some semblance of alphabetical order, just to see if these two survived, in my 1500+-issue collection. I've told this story before here.

    But I was referring to two actual Mickey Mouse re-printings drawn by Disney himself, which had lapsed into Public Domain. I purchased both at a comic store in the Des Moines IA area, published in the mid-1980's. They came in black, sealed plastic bags, and they were the original article, reprinted by a legal loophole. I don't recall if they were strips anthologized, or actual pages from actual comic-book-format originals, themselves re-formatted and anthologized in their original comic format release. Perhaps somebody can help jog my memory, please? After all, this is a thread for Disney comics enthusiasts...!
     
  7. lambfan68

    lambfan68 Forum Resident

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    Minnesota
  8. jimac51

    jimac51 A mythical beast.

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    Allentown,pa.
    The best news I've received in the first days of 2021 and hope for an omen of bester(sic) news to come. Reading Don Rosa wasn't like a tale from Unca Carl as much as a story from an older brother.
     
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  9. lambfan68

    lambfan68 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minnesota
    It looks like these were also reprinted in the Fantagraphics MM series.

    Speaking of Fantagraphics, I need to organize my library and figure out how fat behind I am on the Barks and Rosa volumes while they are still available.
     
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  10. JulesRules

    JulesRules Operational, partially functional Thread Starter

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    Germany
    Don Rosa will be on livestream again this Saturday! Here's the link.

     
  11. LarsO

    LarsO Forum Resident

    I bought (nearly) every issue of the "Donald Duck & Co" magazine between June 1986 and October 2001. Many of them are collected in binders and my son (8) reads them before sleep most nights now. I am also a big DonRosa fan like you guys and I got a signed Captain Kentucky book signed by him.
     
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  12. JulesRules

    JulesRules Operational, partially functional Thread Starter

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    Germany
    Seems the Don Rosa link was removed, so here is the new version... set your clocks to Saturday

     
  13. maccafan

    maccafan Forum Resident

    Oh yeah! Being a cartoonist myself, I love all comics! All stories don't interest me, but I learn from all the different artwork, from the more serious to the more comedic.
     
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