You’ve wandered into the topsy-turvy world of Tulgey Wood, the blog of writer and historian Jim Fanning. Tulgey Wood celebrates artistry and creativity (and sometimes just plain madness): movies, animation, TV, books, comics—and of course Disney, lots and lots of true-blue, through-and-through Disney, including D23 and Disney twenty-three Magazine, and Sketches Magazine and the Walt Disney Collectors Society. Tulgey Wood is so fun, fascinating and full of frolicsome photos and facts, it’s scary. So wander through the wonder of it all, and enjoy.

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.

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