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We’re always looking for great Disney comic strip news here at the blog, and the news that Fantagraphics will be reprinting Floyd Gottfredson’s black & white Mickey Mouse strips in their entirety is among the best that I can bring your way:

Fantagraphics Books announced this afternoon from Comic-Con International, via Twitter, that it has partnered with Disney to publish the complete Mickey Mouse comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson, the cartoonist renowned for his defining work on the character. He is to Mickey Mouse comics what Carl Barks is to Donald Duck comics. Gottfredson was 24 years old when he was assigned to the fledgling Mickey Mouse strip in 1930, and continued to work on it for the next 45 years. During his long tenure, he introduced such characters as the miserly Eli Squinch, Mickey’s nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, Chief O’Hara and the Phantom Blot. Gottfredson retired in 1975, and passed away in 1986 at age 81.

Fantagraphics will begin releasing the collections in May 2011.

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Alright, I’m going to assume that you didn’t quite heed my recommendation last year and that you let this classic Gottfredson Mickey collection slip through your fingers?  Well, that’s alright because Gemstone is making Mickey Mouse in Color their “Spotlight” item again and that means you’ve got another shot at owning this gem.  It also  means that once again you can take advantage of *free shipping* and, given the already discounted price, that when you total up the cost it comes to an even $20.  Given the breadth of historic information, the interview, the Gottfredson Mickey comics themselves, and the heft on this collection that’s a big deal, and I’d highly recommend you pick it up if you can financially manage it.  Hurry up though, the offer ends Friday (1/23).

More on the collection from The Scoop:

Mickey Mouse gained fame on the screen, but it was in his daily and Sunday comic strips in the 1930s that his greatest adventures took place! Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse in Color is a deluxe collection of Mickey’s greatest newspaper comic strip episodes from the 1930s. Plotted and illustrated by Floyd Gottfredson, this book showcases forty-five years of funny adventures depicting Mickey and his gang.

Included in this extraordinary collection are Sunday page adventures such as Rumplewatt the Giant (1934), Dr. Oofgay’s Secret Serum (1934), The Case of the Vanishing Coats (1935), and The Robin Hood Adventure (1936). Hilarious daily strip adventures such as Blaggard Castle (1932), Pluto and the Dogcatcher (1933), The Mail PilotMickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot (1939) are also included! (1933), and

In addition to the memorable comics, Disney historian Thomas Andrae gives an in-depth profile of Mickey’s origins and inspirations, including little known revelations about, and rare illustrations of, the world’s most famous mouse.

Also, head of Disney Archives, David R. Smith, has contributed an extensive interview with artist Gottfredson, illustrated with rare photos, vintage newspaper clippings, art by Walt Disney himself, and other notable ephemera.  You can enjoy several special features and articles highlighting the times and the people who shaped the creation of these Mickey adventures which, even today, are in a class by themselves!

Now is a great time to order Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse in Color! Since it’s this week’s Spotlight Book, there is no charge on shipping for this item! This applies to orders made between Friday, January 16, 2009 through Friday, January 23, 2009 on purchases made through the Gemstone website, or by calling 888-375-9800, extension 1612.

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wdcs_698-c1I didn’t have the good fortune of growing up with Carl Bark’s classic Duck stories (like many others I discovered those much later in life) and the process of compiling a respectable collection over the last 6-7 years has been a real joy.  And now I’m enthusiastically working on Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse stories as well given that Gemstone has been releasing an awful lot of his own classic material over the last couple of years.  The stories are nearly timeless, often hilarious, and chock full of character (something that Mickey has sadly been accused of lacking on occassion).  So, keep a lookout for the Walt Disney Treasures collection Mickey Mouse: In Death Valley in the weeks to come, and check out WDC&S #698 for the first part of  Gottfredsons “Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion!” which just shipped last week to get started on your own collection.  More on the issue from The Scoop:

Bong! The champion’s in town! And we might be referring to Minnie’s super-athlete cousin, Ruffhouse Rat, but we’re also talking about fan favorite “Mouse Man” Floyd Gottfredson! Our beloved Mickey creator is back this week in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #698, Gemstone’s latest $7.99, 64-page Disney trade paperback. But Floyd’s Mickey isn’t all you get…

We’re starting things up this month with “Donald’s Bay Lot,” a Carl Barks classic. When Donald Duck escapes from the winter cold at a beachfront cottage, a peaceful vacation is the last thing he gets. Plagued by unpredictable tides, vicious snapping turtles, and even floating mines, this is the getaway we’d like to get away from!

Thinking better of his beachfront trek, we find Donald in two other winter getaways this month, too. In “Fouled-Up Fairy Tale,” by David Gerstein and Daniel Branca, Donald babysits Daisy’s nieces, April, May, and June, at Daisy’s backwoods cabin. But they aren’t expecting a visit from escaped Beagle Boys—especially not disguised as innocent forest animals! Then, in “Fizzy Pop Fiend,” Donald’s plan to win a soda company sweepstakes runs aground when he drinks too much of the product. Becoming a little obsessed, our boy soon lands at a sugar addicts’ rehab clinic!

Favorite Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories supporting players are also back this issue. In Lars Jensen’s “Useful Things (And How to Use Them),” Lady and the Tramp’s Scamp and Jock try to identify a machine that dogkind has never seen. And in Frans Hasselaar’s “Comeback Kids,” Brer Rabbit and Brer Terrapin teach Brer Bear some facts about echoes that you’ll never learn in science class!

Oh, all right, now for our piece de resistance: the 19-page first half of Floyd Gottfredson’s “Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion!” When Mickey sees a tall, sneaky looking rodent holding Minnie’s photo, he figures his old foe Mr. Slicker is back and quickly knocks him out! But Mickey has actually decked Minnie’s cousin, visiting athlete Ruffhouse Rat, and the easy knockout proves Ruffhouse isn’t the boxer he thinks he is! Suddenly Mickey is drafted to train this champion back to greatness. But he’ll have to be quick! For fiendish, barrel-chested challenger Creamo Catnera is also coming to Mouseton, and there will be a battle!

First published in 1931, “Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion” sees its first ever North American reprint now, and it’s looking better than ever, remastered from original negatives by Ron Stark and S/R Labs and colored by Fernando Ventura. You owe it to yourself to catch this one of a kind knockout!

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