Here’s the run-down on Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #694, now on sale courtesy of The Scoop. And as was the case with Uncle Scrooge #379 there are some changes to the line-up this month as Gemstone does some clean-up with their release schedule. All is explained below. Among the many stories, I think I’m looking forward to Gottfredson’s Minnie tale the most – as it’s just something you don’t stumble upon everyday. I really have enjoyed the greater variety over the past year and I’m still hoping that Gemstone will offer that 3rd prestige title at some point for more of that.
Gemstone’s Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #694, a new $7.99 trade paperback collection, is now available, and we’re proud to introduce you to its hilarious contents! First up, many of us believe that clowns are secretly evil…and this month Donald proves it in William Van Horn’s new “Lost and Clowned!” Huey, Dewey, and Louie idolize a heroic police dog in Lars Jensen’s “A Niche in Crime,” then, in Noel Van Horn’s “Fame,” it’s Mickey’s turn to take a bite out of Phantom Blot villainy! A trio of school days tales come next: Don Markstein’s Super Goof in “Two Heads Are Better Than One,” Carl Barks’ Donald in “Playin’ Hookey,” and Al Hubbard’s Fethry in “Blackboard Bungle!” Rounding things out we find “Too Many Cooks,” a classic 1932 Floyd Gottfredson Minnie short.
But hey, what happened to “Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion,” the longer Gottfredson feature Gemstone originally advertised for this issue, not to mention the promised Duck adventures by Carl Barks and others?
Astute readers will notice that they’re not here this month. Astute readers have no doubt already noticed that Gemstone’s publishing schedule, due to a host of internal and external influences, has gone somewhat awry this year. And those two observations are related.
We’re happy to report that we are currently on an accelerated publishing plan that should get us back to our standard monthly status before the end of 2008. But this also means that some of our seasonal material would have been out of synch with the month unless we did something. So we have chosen to hold the original contents for Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #694 and #695 and Uncle Scrooge #379 and #380 until January and to put WDC&S #696 and #697, and US #381 and #382, in their place, and so on. We think this will lend to a more pleasant reading experience for everyone.
“Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion” will instead be serialized in WDC&S #698 and #699, and you can trust that Mickey’s ringside struggle will be worth the wait! First, though, you’ll get to enjoy some Halloween and Christmas themed stories before the actual events they reflect. Quite the novelty, huh?