Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Color Sundays Vol. 1 “Call Of The Wild”
I have a fascination with the days when the Sunday Funnies commanded so much newspaper real estate, so I appreciate volumes like this one which showcase these comic strips of a bygone age (the 1930s in this case). What’s especially nice about this collection, if you’re even a passing fan of Disney, is to see the early versions of characters like Goofy (originally Dippy Dawg) and Donald Duck.
The essays scattered throughout the book did a good job detailing the history of all the characters as well as the interplay between the Sunday comics, the daily strips, and the cartoons. It seems the daily strips were an entirely separate continuity than the Sunday strips, and were more action/adventure-oriented. While this volume had several longer stories, it was mostly gag-focused. Some of the gags still got a laugh out of me some 80 years later and the rest were amusing or at least interesting in a “what did they find funny 80 years ago?” way.
Of course, given the time period that these comics are from, these strips have their fair share of racial stereotypes. If you absolutely can’t accept these within the context of the time period, you might want to avoid this volume.
But if you want to travel back in time to when funny strips were serious business and Disney characters were not yet set in stone, I highly recommend this volume.
(This is my third entry into the Mother/Gamer/Writer’s Manga/Graphic Novel Challenge.)