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Friday, June 19, 2009

Johnny Tremain of Old Boston Town

As you know from the excellent daily feature "This Day in Disney History" (written by Scott Wolf) on the D23 website (remember, this terrific continuously-updated website is free), on this date in 1957, Walt Disney's Johnny Tremain was released. Originally intended for the Disneyland TV series, the filmic adaption of Esther Forbes' top-selling account of a young silversmith apprentice being caught up with the Sons of Liberty and their fight for freedom in colonial Boston turned out so well Walt released it in movie theaters instead. Directed by Robert Stevenson (his first Disney effort), this fine film was adapted for the Sunday comics page in one of my favorite comics, Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales. Written by Frank Reilly and drawn by comic-art great Jesse Marsh, here's the June 9, 1957 installment (click on the image above for a larger view) to celebrate Johnny Tremain's anniversary day. (And in case you're wondering, as far as we know, young Master Tremain is no relation to Cinderella's stepmother—she spelled her name with an "e.")

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