Named "Best Archival Collection of Amazing but Occasionally Racist Material from the 1930s" of 2012 in ComicsAlliance's "Stephanie Brown Memorial Awards"
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 Disneys Mickey Mouse... by Floyd Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who arent 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 mouses 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 Gottfredsons work has been reprinted rarely, if that, chances are youll 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 193233 newspaper comic strips featuring the famous rodent will be a revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredsons 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 bulls 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)
Who says dead men tell no tales? When grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize, theyll find fearless Mickey all ready to rumble as soon as hes done fighting gangsters, bandits, and international men of mystery, that is! From Africa to Eastern Europe, our favorite big cheese is in for terrifying thrills and hes bringing Goofy, Donald Duck, and that big palooka Pegleg Pete along for the ride!
When Mickey sets out to eject "The Seven Ghosts" from Bassett Manor, he finds more than just specters providing the scares! Next, moving smoothly from horror to science fiction, our hero discovers an awesome "Island in the Sky" and meets its maker, the powerful atomic scientist Dr. Einmug!
Lovingly restored from Disneys original negatives and proof sheets, House of the Seven Haunts also includes more than 50 pages of spooky supplementary features! Youll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a haunted houseful of Disney scholars.
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