Saturday, November 29, 2008
Early Ballyhoo for Mickey's Comic Strip
The classic Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s has been mentioned many times in Tulgey Wood. Drawn by the great Floyd Gottfredson, this terrific comic strip is regarded by comic scholars and historians as one of the best examples of the daily narrative form, deftly combining comedy, adventure and character development only hinted at in the animated cartoon shorts. Here's a 1934 example of publicity for Gottfredson's strip, starring Mickey and his pals during the height of the Mouse's popularity in the 1930s. This idea for promoting both Mickey's cartoons and his comic strip was given to movie theatre owners by United Artists, the distributors of Walt Disney's animated shorts at the time.