Oh, Mickey, You’re So Fine

Following my recent trend of reading old comics, I recently finished the first two volumes of Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse strips, Race to Death Valley and Trapped on Treasure Island. The situation here is sort of the reverse of Popeye, as it was a comic based on cartoon shorts rather than a comic that would later inspire cartoon shorts. Still, it’s similar in that the comic focuses more on ongoing adventure stories. They’re still full of gags, but they’re told in serial format rather than each strip being a stand-alone. There’s even a certain amount of continuity between the stories. Mickey and Minnie find themselves searching for a California gold mine, battling pirates, and solving mysteries. Also, we see Mickey using guns quite a bit, which isn’t something you’d be likely to see in recent media.

Supporting characters are largely drawn from the animated shorts, which at this early point means a lot of Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, as well as Pluto, whose thoughts are occasionally voiced by Gottfredson. Not all that often, but it’s interesting to see it at all. Pete is a major villain in many of the stories, often working as muscle for the crooked lawyer Sylvester Shyster.

And the very last tale to appear in the second volume brings in a new character, Dippy Dawg, who of course would later be destined for super-stardom as Goofy.

Also featured in one of the stories are Minnie’s parents, Marcus and Margie Mouse, who never did appear in the cartoons. Overall, these were fun reads, and interesting relics of the earlier days of Disney.

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3 Responses to Oh, Mickey, You’re So Fine

  1. halinabq says:

    What some of you may not realize is that Nathan and Mickey Mouse have the same birthday, although Mickey was already 49 when Nate was born.

    • Nathan says:

      Yeah, that’s based on the original release date of Steamboat Willie, actually the third Mickey short produced, but the first one to be distributed.

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