Mickey Mouse Weekly
Publication information
PublisherWillbank Publications
Odhams Press
FormatOngoing series
Publication date8 February 1936 – 28 December 1957
No. of issues920
Main character(s)Mickey Mouse
Donald Duck
Creative team
Artist(s)Floyd Gottfredson (reprints), Frank Bellamy, Reg Carter, Ron Embleton, Wilfred Haughton, Jim Holdaway, Otto Messmer, Cecil Orr, Basil Reynolds, William A. Ward, Tony Weare

Mickey Mouse Weekly was a 1936–1957 weekly British tabloid Disney comics magazine, the first British comic with full colour photogravure printing.[1] It was launched by Willbank Publications and later continued by Odhams Press. The comics were said to be "drawn in a slick, smooth style which was clearly influenced by American comics."[2]

Mickey Mouse Weekly featured American reprints as well as original British Disney comics material, including the first Donald Duck comic book serial. The magazine also featured reprints of Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse comic strip continuities in full colour on the back cover.[3]

920 issues of Mickey Mouse Weekly were published between 8 February 1936 and 28 December 1957.[4]

Publication history

Mickey Mouse Weekly was inspired by the 1935 launch of Mickey Mouse Magazine, the first American Disney newsstand publication.[5] It began as a 12-page tabloid, with four pages in colour — the cover pages and the centrefold. The early covers were drawn by Wilfred Haughton — a full-colour comic panel with many characters, with each one saying a joke or a pun.[5]

As the American Mickey Mouse Magazine inspired Mickey Mouse Weekly, the new publication inspired a number of European spinoffs, including Switzerland's Micky Maus Zeitung (1936–37) and Sweden's Musse Pigg Tidningen (1937–38), which used Haughton's covers and other British material.[3]

The magazine ceased production with its 28 December 1957 issue after Odhams lost the rights to the Disney characters. Disney then published Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse with Vernon Holding; the relatively unsuccessful magazine was renamed Walt Disney's Weekly in 1959 and discontinued in 1961.[6] Non-Disney content was continued in Odhams Press' Zip, a 1958 weekly which merged into Swift in 1959.


The De(f)tective Agency

The first British Disney serial published in Mickey Mouse Weekly was The De(f)tective Agency — actually "The Defective Agency", but with the F crossed out, and T written in above. This one-page serial began in issue #45 (12 December 1936), and starred Goofy and Toby Tortoise, from the 1935 Silly Symphony short The Tortoise and the Hare, assisted by Pluto. The stories were written and drawn by Wilfred Haughton.[5] The serial had four stories:

Donald Duck

Considered the first Donald Duck comic book serial, originally called Donald and Donna, which began in issue #67 (15 May 1937), drawn by William A. Ward. There were 15 weekly parts of this first serial featuring Donald and his girlfriend Donna, an early version of Daisy Duck.[5] Donna left the series after the first story, which was continued as Donald and Mac, Donald Duck and Donald Duck with Mac for the next three years, ending in issue #222 (4 May 1940).[7] The Donald Duck strip itself continued until the magazine's closure in 1957.

Shuffled Symphonies

Shuffled Symphonies was an early illustrated text feature by Basil Reynolds, which initially paired a character from the Mickey Mouse cartoons with a character from the Silly Symphony shorts. Over time, it transitioned to stories about Mickey and friends embarking on science-fiction and fantasy-themed adventures, including a story about Donald, Mickey and Mickey's nephews traveling in a time machine to the future.[8] The feature began in issue #1 (8 February 1936), and continued until at least #210 (10 February 1940).[9] Reynolds left Mickey Mouse Weekly in 1940 for military service in World War II. After the war, he returned to the weekly in 1947, contributing off and on until 1954.[5]

A card game called Shuffled Symphonies was produced in 1939 by Pepys Games, based on the title of this weekly feature. The cards featured full-colour images of the Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony and Snow White cast.[10][11]

Other strips


Mickey Mouse Weekly had an annual 64-page December supplement for the first four years – Mickey Mouse Holiday Special in 1936, 1937 and 1938, and Mickey Mouse Christmas Special in 1939.[5]


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  11. ^ ""Shuffled Symphonies" Card Game by Castell, 1939". Filmic Light: Snow White Archive. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2019.