Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mickey Mouse: Race To Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1) by Floyd Gottfredson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The genesis of a soulless corporate mascot gone global was, incredibly, a robust and vibrant affair that developed daily in the newspapers of North America all through the Great Depression. Via the pen and ink of Floyd Gottfredson, Mickey Mouse was portrayed as an embattled and even occasionally embittered little character who struggled mightily against the odds, sometimes just to keep from despair. The strips are reproduced at scale, with a clarity of contrast that brings out Gottfredson's fine line work. This is quite simply the very best reproduction that Gottfredson's work has received to date, surpassing (certainly) the original newsprint and even the glossy Uncensored Mouse collection from '89.

NB: this volume includes the legendary, "Mickey Attempts Suicide" storyline (a personal favorite).

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