Mickey Mouse
Mickey and Horace Horsecollar from the Mickey Mouse daily strip; created by Floyd Gottfredson and published December 1932
Author(s)Walt Disney (1930)

Win Smith (1930)
Floyd Gottfredson (1930–1932)
Ted Osborne (1932–1937)
Merrill De Maris (1933–1934, 1938–1942)
Bill Walsh (1943–1964)
Dick Shaw (1964–1969)
Del Connell (1969–1988)
Floyd Norman
(Sundays: 1984–1986, 1986–1990)

Daan Jippes (Sundays only, 1986–1989)
Illustrator(s)Ub Iwerks (1930)

Win Smith (1930)
Floyd Gottfredson
(dailies: May 5, 1930 – November 15, 1975)
(Sundays: 1932–1938, 1950–1976)
Manuel Gonzales (Sundays: 1939–1981)
Bill Wright (Sundays only, 1942–1946, 1956, 1979–1983)
Carson Van Osten (1974–1975)
Roman Arambula (1975–1989)
Daan Jippes (Sundays only, 1981–1982)

Rick Hoover (Sundays only, 1989–1995)
Current status/scheduleConcluded daily and Sunday strips
Launch dateDaily: January 13, 1930
Sunday: January 10, 1932[1]
End dateJuly 29, 1995[1]
Syndicate(s)King Features Syndicate
Genre(s)Humor
Funny animals

Mickey Mouse is an American newspaper comic strip by the Walt Disney Company featuring Mickey Mouse, and is the first published example of Disney comics. The strip debuted on January 13, 1930, and ran until July 29, 1995.[1] It was syndicated by King Features Syndicate.

The early installments were written by Walt Disney, with art by Ub Iwerks and Win Smith. Beginning with the May 5, 1930 strip, the art chores were taken up by Floyd Gottfredson (often aided by various inkers), who also either wrote or supervised the story continuities (relying on various writers to flesh out his plots). Gottfredson continued with the strip until 1975.

By 1931, the Mickey Mouse strip was published in 60 newspapers in the US, as well as papers in twenty other countries.[2] Starting in 1940, strips were reprinted in the monthly comic book Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, and since then Gottfredson reprints have become a staple of Disney comics publishing around the world.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, a definitive collection of Gottfredson's work, was published by Fantagraphics Books from 2011 to 2018. There are fourteen volumes in the set—twelve books of the daily strips from 1930 to 1955, and two volumes of Gottfredson's Sunday pages from 1932 to 1938.

Development

Early days

A Mickey Mouse comic strip was suggested by Joseph Connolly, the president of King Features Syndicate, in a July 24, 1929 letter to Disney animator Ub Iwerks: "I think your mouse animation is one of the funniest features I have ever seen in the movies. Please consider producing one in comic strip form for newspapers. If you can find time to do one, I shall be very interested in seeing some specimens." The Disney team was busy producing new cartoons, but by November, samples of the new strip were approved by the syndicate.[3] The comic strip launched on January 13, 1930,[1] written by Disney himself, with art by Ub Iwerks.

The strip begins with young Mickey as an optimistic, imaginative young mouse living on a farm, and dreaming of becoming a great aviator like his hero, Charles Lindbergh. In a sequence based on the 1928 short Plane Crazy, Mickey puts together a homemade plane, and takes a flight with his girlfriend Minnie. She falls out of the plane, and Mickey travels through a storm to land on a deserted island, inhabited by fierce natives who want to cook him alive.[4]

As these first strips were being released in January 1930, Iwerks left the Disney studio, signing a contract with Disney competitor Pat Powers to leave Disney and start an animation studio under his own name.[5] Win Smith, who had been inking the strips, took over the pencilling as well with the February 10th strip.[1] Smith left the studio in April after a fight with Disney, who wanted him to take over writing the strip. As a "temporary replacement", Disney asked a young inbetweener at the studio named Floyd Gottfredson to fill in. Gottfredson's first strip was published on May 5, and he took over the scripting two weeks later. He would continue as the creative force of the strip for more than 45 years.[6]

While the early months of the strip did have a loose plot, the pace and style were still the standard gag-a-day approach to comic strips. With adventure and daily continuity strips like The Gumps and Wash Tubbs becoming increasingly popular, King Features Syndicate asked Disney to make Mickey Mouse a more serious adventure strip.

This led to the first adventure storyline, "Mickey Mouse in Death Valley", which ran from April 1 to September 20, 1930. The story—begun by Smith, and continued by Gottfredson—involves a crooked lawyer, Sylvester Shyster, and his thuggish associate Peg-Leg Pete, who kidnap Minnie in order to find a map to her Uncle Mortimer's hidden gold mine in Death Valley. Mickey and Minnie race Shyster and Pete to the desert, to lay claim to the mine. The story runs through a number of Western melodrama tropes—a desperate horse chase, gunplay, a crusty old sheriff, the heroine getting locked up in a jail cell, the hero unfairly branded an outlaw. Over six months, Gottfredson made it clear that Mickey Mouse could deliver action and thrills.[7]

The next story, "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers", included a sequence in which Mickey, convinced that Minnie has thrown him over for a rival, spends a week trying (and failing) to commit suicide. He tries shooting, gassing, drowning and hanging himself, before he decides that he's overreacting and gives up on the idea.[8]

1930s

In a 1931 publicity stunt, Mickey—just crowned boxing champion in the strip—had his photograph taken, and then encouraged readers to send a stamped, addressed envelope to him care of the newspaper to get a copy. Gottfredson painted a "photo" that was printed on cards and sent out to the readers. According to a Disney press release, they received more than 20,000 requests for the picture, demonstrating the strength of the strip's appeal.[9]

An early 1932 story, "The Great Orphanage Robbery", is seen as a milestone in Gottfredson's increasingly sophisticated storytelling. To raise money for an orphans' home, Mickey and friends stage a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, but when the play is over, they discover that the money has been stolen. The thieves are Shyster and Pete, returning to the strip after a year and a half, but they manage to place the blame on Mickey's friend Horace Horsecollar, who's thrown in jail. Mickey chases after the villains, but his disappearance puts suspicion onto him as well.[10] In the second volume of the 2011 reprint collection, comics historian Thomas Andrae describes the resulting storyline:

Gottfredson's newfound mastery of the serial format is evident in nearly every strip of "Orphanage Robbery". First we are enticed into the story by following Mickey's attempt each day to increase the running total for the orphans' fund. Then the suspense increases through the use of an exciting chase -- conveniently supplied by [1932 Mickey short] The Klondike Kid -- as well as cross-cutting techniques developed from old movie serials, another influence Gottfredson now learned to mimic with ease. The strip cuts back and forth between the trial, conviction, and near-execution of Horace Horsecollar -- who is falsely accused of the theft -- and Mickey's progress in tracking down the villains.[11]

The first Sunday page appeared on January 10, 1932, and was aimed at a younger audience, as most Sunday comic strips were at the time.[6] In September 1932, Mrs. Fieldmouse saddled Mickey with baby-sitting her two pesky twins, Morty and Ferdie, who kept his house in an uproar for two months' worth of strips. They called him "Unca' Mickey", although they didn't seem to be actual relations, but when they returned in March 1935 for another Sunday continuity, they were indeed Mickey's nephews.[6]

Other memorable early-1930s storylines include 1932-33's "Blaggard Castle", in which Mickey and Horace are captured and hypnotized by the mad scientists Professor Ecks, Professor Doublex and Professor Triplex,[12] and 1933's "The Mail Pilot", where Mickey finds Shyster and Pete once again, ruling a secret zeppelin kingdom in the clouds.[13]

Mickey's best pal Goofy joined the strip in January 1933—still using the proto-Goofy moniker "Dippy Dawg"[14]—and by the end of the year, he went into business with Mickey as detectives in "The Crazy Crime Wave", investigating the mysterious city-wide thefts of hair and red flannel underwear.[15] The character appeared in several stories as Dippy, until January 1936, when he's called "Goofy" for the first time in the strip.[16]

Donald Duck first appeared in the Sunday pages in February 1935, where he got Mickey involved in "The Case of the Missing Coats" and then stuck around to fight with Morty and Ferdie.[17] In March 1935's "Editor-in-Grief", the brash duck was hired as a newsboy, selling Mickey's crusading newspaper, The Daily War-Drum.[18] He returned to the strip in fall 1936 for "The Seven Ghosts", helping Mickey and Goofy investigate a haunted mansion.[16] This would be his last appearance in the Mickey Mouse strip—starting in August 1936, Donald was the star of a year-long sequence in the Sunday Silly Symphony comic strip, and he got his own comic strip in 1938. Since Mickey and Donald could appear in rival newspapers, the characters weren't allowed to cross over to the other's strip.[19]

Another well-remembered 1930s story is Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot, published from May to September 1939.[20] In this story, Chief O'Hara hires Mickey to capture a new criminal who calls himself the Blot. According to O'Hara, he is the smartest thief they've ever met, but Detective Casey calls this new criminal a looney. The only thing he steals is cameras of a special type and he smashes them open on the spot. (The strange crime and the motive behind it resembles closely the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons".) The crime appears eccentric, but the villain is deadly serious—three times during the story, he captures Mickey and leaves him in deadly peril, and the pair engage in a car chase, a boat chase and a battle for control of a crashing airplane. In the end, the Blot is captured and unmasked. The character was dubbed "the Phantom Blot" in 1941, when the strips were reprinted in Dell Comics' Four Color (1st series) issue #16, Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot.[21] The name stuck, and the character has been the Phantom Blot ever since.[6]

In the Sunday pages from August to November 1938, Mickey performed in an adaptation of the current short cartoon Brave Little Tailor, bookended with segments showing him as an actor, being cast in the film by Walt Disney.[22] This was Gottfredson's last work on the Sunday strip. At that point, Manuel Gonzales took over as the lead artist on the Mickey Sundays, and stayed in the post until 1981 (except for his military service during World War II, from 1942 to 1945). Gonzales and writer Merrill De Maris continued writing the occasional multi-week story, with an especially long four-month continuity from March to July 1940, "The Photographic Exhibition." The final Sunday story, "The Professor's Experiment", ran from November 1943 to March 1944. (This also happened to be the last appearance of Mickey's nephew Ferdie in the strip; from 1944 on, Ferdie's twin Morty always appeared alone.) At its peak the Sunday strip, "... appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week."[23]

1940s

Gottfredson stopped plotting the strip in June 1943, passing it on to Disney press agent Bill Walsh, who wrote the strip for the next twenty years. Walsh's first two stories were about fighting the Axis; the second one, Mickey Mouse on a Secret Mission, enraged Adolf Hitler so much that he demanded Benito Mussolini stop Italians from publishing the Topolino (Mickey Mouse) comic magazine.[6]

As Walsh did not care much about Mickey Mouse as character,[24] and had a taste for science-fiction, mystery and horror, his stories quickly diverged from the previous decade's. Walsh created various bizarre characters and made Mickey's antagonists darker and deadlier. In The 'Lectro Box (Oct 1943-Feb 1944), Mickey and nephew Morty create a powerful and unpredictable machine, which soon attracts the monstrous mad scientist Dr. Grut and his posse of mind-controlled Aberzombies. A few months later, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto visited The World of Tomorrow (July-Nov 1944), where Pegleg Pete ruled the world with his deadly robots, the Mekka Men. The next story, The House of Mystery (Nov 1944-Jan 1945), had the evil scientist Drusilla die in a fire as her mansion burns around her, and her caretaker rushes inside to be with her in the flames. At this point, the threat of death became a real presence in the strip.[6]

In mid-1945, the daily strip moved to a mostly gag-a-day format, with brief two-week continuities through the summer of 1947. In September 1947, the strip returned to long continuities and introduced a new character: Eega Beeva, "the Man of Tomorrow". [25] Eega was a strange creature from five hundred years in the future, a highly evolved human who understood future technology and possessed mysterious powers. He had a strange future accent that added a P to the beginning of most words: "I pdon't pthink so!" He was joined in February by his pet Pflip the Thnuckle-Booh, and became Mickey's sidekick for the next few years, returning to his home in the future in July 1950, at the end of "The Moook Treasure".[6]

On a Sunday page in October 1949, Goofy bought a talkative, self-centered mynah bird named Ellsworth. Also created by Walsh, Ellsworth was a major focus of the Sunday strip for ten years, sometimes crowding Mickey out of his own strip. He also appeared in the daily strip in 1956, once the dailies became gag-focused as well.[26]

1950s and beyond

The daily strip took a darker turn in the early 1950s. Alberto Becattini says, "Especially after Eega Beeva left, Mickey found himself unwillingly mixed up in dangerous adventures whose development and outcome he no longer seemed to be able to control."[6] Goofy, who had been fairly absent from the daily strip during Eega Beeva's tenure, returned to the strip in March 1951 with "Dry Gulch Goofy", a story in which he becomes a Hollywood actor.[6]

In mid-1955, King Features Syndicate asked Gottfredson and Walsh to stop writing continuities and become a gag-a-day strip; they were concerned that TV serials were making the audience lose interest in adventure comic strips.[6] Walsh continued to write the daily strip until 1964.[1]

Notable supporting characters from the gag-a-day strip include Morty's friend Alvin (1956–75), his girlfriend Millie (1962–87), Doctor Proctor (1966-89), and Goofy's girlfriend Glory-Bee (1969–79), who also appeared in Disney comic books in the early 70s.[6]

Creators

Gottfredson originally wrote and drew the Mickey Mouse strip by himself, but scaled back in 1932, only plotting the stories and doing the penciling, while the dialogue was mostly done by other hands.[27] The stories were always untitled; titles were usually assigned later, when the strips were reprinted in picture books or comic books.[28] Scripts were written by Webb Smith (1932–33), Ted Osborne (1933–38), Merrill De Maris (1933–42), Dick Shaw (1942–43), Bill Walsh (1943–64), Roy Williams (1962-69) and Del Connell (1968–88).[1] Even so, Gottfredson always worked closely with his writers, and would often suggest changes in the scripts whenever he thought it would improve a story.[29] There were a variety of inkers on the strip through the years; inkers for the Sunday strips included Al Taliaferro (1932-1938)[30] and Ted Thwaites (1932-1940),[31] and Manuel Gonzales until 1981; Taliaferro also inked daily strips.[28] Gottfredson returned to inking daily strips himself in February 1947; Frank Reilly took over as head of the Comic Strip Department, and Gottfredson had more time to devote to the strip.[6]

Gottfredson plotted the continuities until Bill Walsh started writing the strip in 1943.[32] Around that time, Dick Moores inked the strip for two years. Starting in the 1950s, Gottfredson and writer Bill Walsh were instructed to drop the storylines and do only daily gags.[33] Gottfredson continued illustrating the daily strip until his retirement on October 1, 1975.[28]

After Gottfredson retired, the strip was written by Del Connell (1968-1988), Floyd Norman (1984-1992) and Colette Bezio (1991-1995).[1] Roman Arambula was the principal artist on the daily strip from 1975 to early 1990 (and even lettered it).[34] Writer Mark Evanier described Arambula's work habits on the strip thus: "He would draw two weeks worth of the strip every other week and in the weeks he wasn't working on that, he drew comics for me."[35]

Upon the retirement of Manuel Gonzales in 1981, Daan Jippes took over the Sunday strip (May 3, 1981 – January 3, 1982). Mike Royer provided most of the inking.[36] From 1983 to 1990, Arambula took on the art chores of the Sunday strip in addition to the daily.[34]

Arambula had occasional fill-in artists, "... which [he] would have told you was not because he ever missed a deadline".[35] These included Manuel Gonzales (1975-1981), Tony Strobl (1975-1981), Steve Steere (1981-1982), Bill Wright (1982-1984), Bill Langley (1984-1987), Jules Coenen (1986-1987) and Larry Mayer (1986-1987). In the later years of the strip, art duties were shared by Alex Howell (1990-1995), Rick Hoover (1991-1995) and Thomas Lewis (1994-1995).[1]

The Sunday page went into reprints in February 1992.[1] By 1994, the strip was running in only 30 newspapers, and Disney and King Features decided to discontinue it.[37] The daily strip ended on July 29, 1995.[1]

Inspirations

The first two weeks of Mickey Mouse strips in 1930 were loosely based on the 1928 short Plane Crazy, followed by a sequence in the jungle, inspired by the 1929 short Jungle Rhythm.[38] When Floyd Gottfredson took over, he also took inspiration from Disney's animation department, who provided him with storyboards and model sheets for upcoming Mickey Mouse shorts.[39]

Characters

See also: Mickey Mouse universe

Recurring characters in the strip include:

From the beginning, the strips were parts of long continuing stories. These introduced characters such as the Phantom Blot, Eega Beeva, and the Bat Bandit, which Gottfredson created; Disney created Eli Squinch, Mickey's nephews, Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, and Sylvester Shyster, which were also introduced in the comic.[28]

Storylines

Mickey Mouse had adventure storylines from its inception until October 1955, when the syndicate instructed the creators to move to a simpler, gag-a-day format. In 1990, the daily strip returned to the adventure format.[1]

Daily strips (1930–1955)

The headings in the table below refer to the Fantagraphics Books reprint collections, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse.

Title Year Date Writer Pencils Inking
Volume 1: Race to Death Valley
Lost on a Desert Island 1930 January 13-March 31 Walt Disney Ub Iwerks
Win Smith
Win Smith
Mickey Mouse in Death Valley April 1-September 20 Walt Disney
Floyd Gottfredson
Win Smith
Floyd Gottfredson
Jack King
Win Smith
Floyd Gottfredson
Roy Nelson
Hardie Gramatky
Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers September 22-December 29 Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson
Hardie Gramatky
Earl Duvall
Mickey Mouse Music 1931 December 30, 1930 – January 3 Earl Duvall Earl Duvall
The Picnic January 5–10 Floyd Gottfredson
Traffic Troubles January 12–17 Earl Duvall
Floyd Gottfredson
Mickey Mouse vs. Kat Nipp January 19-February 25 Floyd Gottfredson
Earl Duvall
Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion February 26-April 29 Earl Duvall
Floyd Gottfredson
Earl Duvall
Al Taliaferro
High Society April 30-May 30 Floyd Gottfredson Al Taliaferro
Circus Roustabout June 1-July 7
Pluto the Pup July 8–18
Mickey Mouse and the Ransom Plot July 20-November 7
Fireman Mickey November 9-December 5
Clarabelle's Boarding House 1931-1932 December 7 – January 9
Volume 2: Trapped on Treasure Island
The Great Orphanage Robbery 1932 January 11-May 14 Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson Al Taliaferro
Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island May 16-November 12 Al Taliaferro
Ted Thwaites
Blaggard Castle 1932-1933 November 14 – February 10 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Webb Smith (script)
Ted Thwaites
Pluto and the Dogcatcher 1933 February 11–25 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Ted Osborne (script)
The Mail Pilot February 27-June 10
Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot June 12-October 7
The Crazy Crime Wave 1933-1934 October 9 – January 9 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Volume 3: High Noon at Inferno Gulch
The Captive Castaways 1934 January 10-April 17 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Floyd Gottfredson Ted Thwaites
Pluto's Rival April 18–28 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Ted Osborne (script)
The Bat Bandit of Inferno Gulch April 30-July 28
Bobo the Elephant July 30-October 13
The Sacred Jewel October 15-December 29
Pluto the Racer 1934-1935 December 31 – March 2
Editor-in-Grief 1935 March 4-June 1
Race for Riches June 3-September 28
The Pirate Submarine 1935-1936 September 30 – January 4
Volume 4: House of the Seven Haunts!
Oscar the Ostrich 1936 January 6-March 21 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Ted Osborne (script)
Floyd Gottfredson Ted Thwaites
Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion March 23-August 8
The Seven Ghosts August 10-November 28
Island in the Sky 1936-1937 November 30 – April 3
In Search of Jungle Treasure 1937 April 5-August 7
Monarch of Medioka 1937-1938 August 9 – February 5 Al Taliaferro
Ted Thwaites
Volume 5: Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot
Mighty Whale Hunter 1938 February 7-July 6 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Floyd Gottfredson Ted Thwaites
Bill Wright
The Plumber's Helper July 7-December 10
Mickey Mouse Meets Robinson Crusoe 1938-1939 December 12 – April 13
Unhappy Campers 1939 April 14-May 20 Floyd Gottfredson
Ross Wetzel
Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot May 22-September 9 Floyd Gottfredson
The Miracle Master 1939-1940 September 11 – January 13
An Education for Thursday 1940 January 15-April 20
Volume 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago
The Bar-None Ranch 1940 April 22-August 17 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Manuel Gonzales (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Floyd Gottfredson
Manuel Gonzales
Ted Thwaites
Bill Wright
Bellhop Detective August 19-December 21 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Floyd Gottfredson
Land of Long Ago 1940-1941 December 23– April 12 Bill Wright
Love Trouble 1941 April 14-July 5
Mickey Mouse, Supersalesman July 7-October 4
Mystery at Hidden River 1941-1942 October 6 – January 17
The Gleam 1942 January 19-May 2 Ted Thwaites
Bill Wright
Volume 7: March of the Zombies
Goofy and Agnes 1942 May 4-August 15 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Merrill de Maris (script)
Floyd Gottfredson Bill Wright
The Black Crow Mystery August 17-November 21
Working to Win December 14–23 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Dick Shaw (script)
Mickey Mouse's Wild Holiday 1943 May 31-June 26 Dick Moores
The Nazi Submarine June 28-July 17 Bill Walsh
Mickey Mouse on a Secret Mission July 19-October 23
The 'Lectro Box 1943-1944 October 25 – February 5
Pluto the Spy Catcher 1944 February 7–19
The War Orphans March 13-April 15
Volume 8: The Tomorrow Wars
The Pirate Ghostship 1944 April 17-July 15 Bill Walsh Floyd Gottfredson Dick Moores
The World of Tomorrow July 31-November 11
The House of Mystery 1944-1945 November 13 – January 27 Floyd Gottfredson
Paul Murry
Dick Moores
Billy the Mouse 1945 March 5-June 16 Floyd Gottfredson
Mickey's Great-Grandfather 1946 February 25-March 2 Manuel Gonzales Bill Wright
Home Made Home March 4–9 Paul Murry
The New Girlfriend March 11–23 Manuel Gonzales
Paul Murry
Mickey's Mini-Plane March 25-April 13 Bill Wright
Manuel Gonzales
Paul Murry
Floyd Gottfredson
Mystery Next Door April 15-May 4 Floyd Gottfredson
Manuel Gonzales
Gangland May 6–18 Floyd Gottfredson
Sunken Treasure May 20-June 1
Trailer Trouble June 3–15
Aunt Marissa June 17–29
The Candidate July 1–13
The Little Genius July 15–27
Volume 9: Rise of the Rhyming Man
Goofy's Boat Race 1946 July 29-August 10 Bill Walsh Floyd Gottfredson Bill Wright
The Goofy Crooner August 12–24
Eviction August 26-September 7
Goofy's Rocket September 9–21
Mickey's Menagerie September 23-October 5
The Cure for Hiccups October 7–19
Thanksgiving Dinner October 21-November 2
The Search for Geeko November 4–16
The Talking Dog November 18–30
Arctic Adventure December 2–14
Morty's Escapade December 16–28
The Fiendish Cat 1946-1947 December 30– January 11
Truant Officer Mickey 1946 January 13–25
Goofy's Inheritance 1947 January 27-February 8
Mickey the Icky February 10–22
Pluto's Amnesia February 24-March 8 Floyd Gottfredson
Pegleg Pete Reforms March 10–22
Home Movies March 24-April 5
Shutterbug Mickey April 7–19
The Boxer April 21-May 3
Mickey's Strange Flower May 5–17
The Midget Racer May 19–31
Mickey's Pet Shop June 2–14
Mickey's Helicopter June 16–28
Pluto's Trial June 30-July 12
The Spook Specialist July 14–26
Mickey Writes the Songs July 28-August 9
Horace's Nerves August 11–23
The Skyscraper Adventure August 25-September 6
The Foundling September 6–20
The Man of Tomorrow September 22-December 27
Mickey Makes a Killing 1947-1948 December 29 – February 7
Pflip the Thnuckle-Booh 1948 February 9–28
The Santa Claus Bandit March 1-April 3
The Kumquat Question April 5--28
The Atombrella and the Rhyming Man May 30-October 9
Volume 10: Planet of Faceless Foes
An Education for Eega 1948 October 11-December 25 Bill Walsh Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson
Pflip's Strange Power 1948-1949 December 27, 1948 – March 5, 1949
Planet of the Aints 1949 March 7-August 6
Itching Gulch August 8-October 22
The Syndicate of Crime 1949-1950 October 24, 1949 – January 28, 1950
The Moook Treasure 1950 January 30-July 8
Mousepotamia July 10-September 30
Land Beneath the Sea October 2-December 30 Floyd Gottfredson
Bill Wright
Tzig-Tzag Fever 1951 January 1-March 24, 1951 Floyd Gottfredson
Volume 11: Mickey vs Mickey
Dry Gulch Goofy 1951 March 26-June 23 Bill Walsh Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson
The Ghost of Black Brian June 25-October 20
Uncle Wombat's Tock-Tock Time Machine 1951-1952 October 22, 1951 – January 22, 1952
The Midas Ring 1952 January 23-April 19
Isle of Moola-La April 21-October 2
Hoosat from Another Planet 1952-1953 October 3 – February 28
Mickey's Dangerous Double 1953 March 2-June 20
Volume 12: The Mysterious Dr. X
The Magic Shoe 1953 June 22-October 28 Bill Walsh Floyd Gottfredson
Bill Wright
Floyd Gottfredson
Bill Wright
Dick Moores
Mickey Takes Umbrage 1953-1954 October 29 – January 30 Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson
A Fatal Occupation 1954 February 1-May 15
The Kid Gang May 17-September 18
Uncle Gudger September 20-December 31
Dr. X 1955 January 1-May 20
Pluto's Punctured Romance May 21-June 25 Floyd Gottfredson
Manuel Gonzales
Li'l Davy June 27-October 4 Floyd Gottfredson

Daily strips (1990–1995)

In 1990, writer Floyd Norman convinced King Features Syndicate to allow him to bring back the comic strip's adventure story format.[37] Norman and Colette Bezio shared the scripting, with Rick Hoover, Alex Howell and Thomas Lewis providing art. With the lone exception of "Reform and Void", the 1990-1995 stories have not been reprinted in the US, and only rarely in other countries.

List of storylines:[54]

Sunday strips

Title Year Dates Writer Pencils Inking
Volume 1: Call of the Wild
Dan the Dogcatcher 1932 July 31-September 4 Floyd Gottfredson Floyd Gottfredson Ted Thwaites
Mickey's Nephews September 18-November 6
Lair of Wolf Barker 1933 January 29-June 18 Ted Osborne Al Taliaferro
Rumplewatt the Giant 1934 March 11-April 29 Ted Thwaites
Tanglefoot Pulls His Weight May 6-June 3 Ted Thwaites
Al Taliaferro
Dr. Oofgay's Secret Serum June 17-September 9 Al Taliaferro
Foray to Mt. Fishlake 1934-1935 December 9 – January 20 Ted Thwaites
The Case of the Vanishing Coats 1935 February 17-March 24
Hoppy the Kangaroo July 28-November 24
Volume 2: Robin Hood Rides Again
Mickey's Rival 1936 January 5–26 Ted Osborne Floyd Gottfredson Ted Thwaites
Helpless Helpers March 1–22 Ted Thwaites
Al Taliaferro
The Robin Hood Adventure April 26-October 4 Floyd Gottfredson (story)
Ted Osborne (script)
The Ventriloquist October 11-November 8 Ted Osborne Al Taliaferro
Sheriff of Nugget Gulch 1937 May 16-October 24 Floyd Gottfredson
Al Taliaferro
Service with a Smile 1938 March 6-April 10 Merrill de Maris
The Brave Little Tailor August 28-November 27 Floyd Gottfredson
Manuel Gonzales
Ted Thwaites

The two volumes of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse reprint the Sunday pages that Gottfredson worked on. Following the Brave Little Tailor adaptation in 1938, Manuel Gonzales took over as artist for the Sunday pages until 1981. Due to his military duties, he was replaced by Bill Wright from 1942 to 1946. There were seven more Sunday storylines under Gonzales and Wright's tenure:

Following "The Professor's Experiment", the Sunday strip shifted completely to the gag-a-week format.[39]

Over the years, some loosely connected sequences of strips were also published:

In 1949, Gonzales and writer Bill Walsh introduced Ellsworth to the Sunday strips.[65] From 1949 to 1959, the characters appeared in 85 Sunday strips,[66] and in 1956 he was also featured in 12 daily strips by Gottfredson.[67]

The Perils of Mickey

In 1993–1994, the Disney Company began a branding campaign called "The Perils of Mickey", evoking the spirit of Gottfredson's early-30s Mickey comics.[68] The campaign involved "remakes" of three classic Gottfredson stories in the daily newspaper strip: "Blaggard Castle" (Jan-Feb 1994), "Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot" (March–April) and "The Mail Pilot" (June–July). All three were drawn by Rick Hoover.[39]

Merchandise for the campaign often used the "pie-eyed" Mickey design, and included keychains and storybooks published by Golden Press.[68]

"Perils of Mickey" comics also appeared in the Disney Adventures magazine, including "Return to Blaggard Castle", an adventure featuring Mickey, Minnie, Horace and the Phantom Blot, published in Vol. 3 Nos. 10-11 (1993).[68]

Reprints and collections

Big Little Books

In the 1930s and 40s, Western Publishing published a very popular series of small hardcover books for children known as Big Little Books. These chunky, compact books featured a captioned illustration on one page, with a page of text on the facing page. The stories featured a wide assortment of popular characters, including a number of Disney stars, and Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse strips provided the perfect material for an illustrated adventure story.

The following Big Little Books were published based on Mickey Mouse storylines:[69]

There was also a set of six "Wee Little Books" published in 1934—smaller books released in a special box set that told the story of Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot. The six titles are Mickey Mouse at the Carnival, Mickey Mouse's Misfortune, Mickey Mouse and Tanglefoot, Mickey Mouse's Uphill Fight, Mickey Mouse Will Not Quit and Mickey Mouse Wins the Race.[70]

Comic books

Gottfredson's Mickey strips were often collected in the 1930s and 1940s. The monthly Mickey Mouse Magazine began reprinting Mickey Mouse strips in issue #16 (January 1937), which continued after the magazine evolved into Dell Publishing's Walt Disney's Comics and Stories in 1940. The title continued reprinting Mickey Mouse through 1948.[6]

Modern-day American reprints began with "The Bar None Ranch" (1940) which appeared in Walt Disney Comics Digest #40 (1973).[71] The following year "The Bat Bandit" (1934) appeared in a deluxe edition The Best of Walt Disney Comics.[72] Abbeville Press' large size Best Comics anthologies in the late-1970s included two all-Gottfredson volumes (one headlined "Goofy"), though the stories were relettered and sometimes condensed. In 1980, Abbeville issued a small-size Best Comics series that included three all-Gottfredson volumes (again, one headlined "Goofy"), all of which reprinted stories from the earlier large-size editions.

Another Rainbow Publishing

In 1986, Another Rainbow/Gladstone Publishing (and later Gemstone Publishing) began a tradition of serializing Gottfredson stories in regular Disney monthly comic books, which continued on and off until 2008, when they ceased publication. Gladstone also collected a number of Gottfredson's serials in the larger-size "comic albums" it issued during the 1980s;,[73] in 1990, Disney Comics issued "Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot" (1939) in the same format.[74]

In 1988 a selection of both the daily and Sunday strip were published by Another Rainbow Publishing in the book Mickey Mouse in Color.

Gemstone Publishing

In 2006, Gemstone Publishing published a colored and reformatted version of the story "Mickey Mouse Music" for the Walt Disney Treasures collection Disney Comics: 75 Years of Innovation.

Gemstone then went on to publish numerous Gottfredson stories in issues of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, including "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion," "Pflip's Strange Power," and "The Gleam."

Gemstone also announced The Floyd Gottfredson Library, a comprehensive edition of Gottfredson's serialized stories (Mickey 1930–1955, plus later non-Mickey material) with a planned release during 2009. But the series was postponed, then canceled once Gemstone no longer had the Disney license.

Fantagraphics

In 2011, Fantagraphics resumed production of the series Gemstone had started, with the same editorial team but with the individual books branded "Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse." The Floyd Gottfredson Library series title appeared on the indicia pages inside the books.

Fantagraphics' Gottfredson Library came into print in 2011 and its publishing run lasted until 2018; in total 14 volumes were released, collecting the Gottfredson Mickey Mouse daily strips originally published from 1930 to 1955 as well as the various works Gottfredson did for the Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales Sunday strips.[75]

On November 21, 2018, Fantagraphics followed the Gottfredson Library with a one-shot anthology book to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary, titled Mickey Mouse: The Greatest Adventures, ISBN:978-1-68396-122-2. This book featured black-and-white daily strips newly arranged and printed in full color, in a 300-page "best-of" selection that included "Mickey Mouse in Death Valley" and "The Gleam" among others.[76][77]

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