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We’re jumping from black and white to classic color — as Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse series makes its 1932-35 Sunday strip debut! Bright hues highlight our hero as he enjoys four years' worth of wild weekend epics... taking him from Uncle Mortimer’s Wild West ranch
to the icy peak of frigid Mount Fishflake! And in this volume, Mickey is joined by a famous co-star: Donald Duck!
Floyd Gottfredson, artist of the Sunday Mickey Mouse from 1932-38, created the most famous Mickey tales ever told in print. These Sunday specials — many never before reprinted — also feature the work of later Donald Duck master Al Taliaferro. Collectively, they form a collection that fans have been seeking for a lifetime! Highlights include "Mickey’s Nephews," introducing Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, and "Dr. Oofgay’s Secret Serum," which turns Horace Horsecollar into a brainwashed wild mustang! Classic gag stories round out the book, offering manic Mouse mischief at a fever pitch.
Restored from Disney’s art sources and enhanced with a meticulous recreation of the strips' original color, Call of the Wild also brings you more than 30 pages of chromatic supplementary features! You’ll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a prismatic pack of Disney scholars, including an appreciation of Gottfredson by celebrated alternative cartoonist Kevin Huizenga.
21-page excerpt (download 22.9 MB PDF):
Praise for the Series:
2012 Eisner Award Winner: Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips
2012 Harvey Award Nominee: Best Domestic Reprint Project
Ranked #9 on The Ten Best Reissues/Collections of 2011 by Paste
"Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse... by Floyd
Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but
should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who aren’t necessarily
plugged into comic strip history… I have a feeling that this book,
crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion
of admirers." – Leonard Maltin
"Gottfredson drew Mickey with a nosy snout and the bright eyes of an adrenalin junkie. The mouse’s diminutive size inspired Gottfredson to have the character attempt daredevil races, leaping stunts, and develop a flurry-fisted fighting style.... This beautiful volume gives the Great Rodent his humanity." – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"…[T]he basic characteristics that would make the print version of
Mickey popular after the studio curtailed his animated antics can
clearly be seen in these first installments… The strips are clearly printed in a readable size, and
editors Gerstein and Groth carefully document the origins of the
strip." – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times Hero Complex
"From the beautifully reproduced strips to the densely packed
ancillary features, this must be the book that editors David Gerstein
and Fantagraphics’ co-founder Gary Groth wanted for years for their
own libraries. Their enthusiasm shows in the wonderfully designed
package." – Rich Clabaugh, Christian Science Monitor
"Gottfredson's strips are jammed with incident and detail, energized with a loopy energy that matches the spunky determination of Mickey himself.... The quite visible specter of the Depression and occasional dark humor, as when Mickey tries multiple times to kill himself and fails comically, only add to the sense of heroic grit." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"[Walt Disney's] Mickey Mouse... stands beside Fantagraphics' collections of E.C. Segar's Popeye and Charles Schulz's Peanuts as a treasure of modern American culture — a reminder that, once in a while, the most popular thing is the best thing." – Alan Scherstuhl, SF Weekly
"With its shameless abundance of riches, Mickey Mouse Vol. 1 sets a new standard in reprint publication." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6
"...[Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse] is not just a great Mickey Mouse comic, it's one of the best comics of all time.... They did a seriously remarkable job putting it together, which is fitting considering how good the material is.... It's a great collection, and one of the few that anyone who likes any sort of comics could — and should — pick up and enjoy." – Chris Sims, Comics Alliance
"Simply put, my jaw literally dropped once I opened up these action-packed images, so impressed was I by their power and grace. And since most of Gottfredson’s work has been reprinted rarely, if that, chances are you’ll be bowled over too." – Sean T. Collins, Robot 6
"For contemporary audiences who know Mickey Mouse only as the bland corporate mascot of the Disney
empire, these 1932–33 newspaper comic strips featuring the famous rodent will be a revelation. As in his
contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson’s charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags
and briskly propel the plotlines."
– Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse stories are still fresh and frequently pretty hilarious today. They've got everything anyone would want out of a comic: Adventure, romance, danger, lost pirate treasure, fighter jets battling against sinister zeppelins, and even a gang of mad scientists out to destroy the world with a ray-gun that makes you evil.... It's incredible stuff, and when you throw in the consistently beautiful design that Fantagraphics gives to their projects, it's something that makes a pretty great gift." – Chris Sims, ComicsAlliance
Praise for the Mouse:
“Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer,
aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He
can reach inside of a bull’s mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or
play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails.” — Time Magazine (1931)