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Encyclopedia > Disney comic books

Disney comics are comic books and comic strips featuring Walt Disney characters. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...


The first Disney comics appeared in daily newspapers. The Mickey Mouse daily comic strip began on January 13, 1930, featuring Mickey as an optimistic, adventure-seeking young mouse. In January 1932, the Mickey Mouse strip began appearing in Sunday papers, with an extra Silly Symphony strip at the top of the page. Donald Duck made his first comics appearance in the Silly Symphony adaptation of the 1934 Disney short The Wise Little Hen. As Donald's popularity grew, he became the star of the Silly Symphony strip, and he got his own daily strip starting on February 7, 1938. Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ... Silly Symphonies is a series of cartoons made by Walt Disney Productions. ... Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character from Walt Disney Productions. ... The Wise Little Hen is a Silly Symphonies cartoon made by Walt Disney, based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. ...


Comic book publisher Western Publishing brought the Disney strips to comic books in 1940, thru Dell Comics Four Color title. The Four Color books reprinted a variety of newspaper strip material, and issue #4 featured a selection of Donald Duck strips. The Disney reprints were a big seller, and in October 1940, Western published the first issue of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories. With over 650 issues published to date, Comics and Stories is the longest-running comic book title of all time. In 1961/62, Dell and Western split their partnership, and Western continued publishing Disney comics under their Gold Key Comics line. This is a page about the company Western Publishing. ... Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... One of the earlier issues of Four Color, featuring Walt Disneys Donald Duck. ... Walt Disneys Comics and Stories is a comic book that has an assortment of Disney characters, including Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Chip n Dale, Lil Bad Wolf, Scamp, Bucky Bug, Grandma Duck, Brer Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and others. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing. ...


In the rest of the world Disney comics have kept being successful, especially in Europe, where stories are produced and also printed in the pocket format. World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ...


Disney comics in the USA were originally published by Western Publishing (thru Dell Comics until 1962, then Western's Gold Key Comics); they were later published by Gladstone Publishing and then by Disney Comics, then Gladstone again (for the classic characters) and Marvel Comics (for the modern characters). In 2003, after a couple of years' hiatus, regular publication was restarted by Gemstone Publishing. Dark Horse Comics has also published occasional adaptations of the more recent Disney movies. This is a page about the company Western Publishing. ... Gladstone Publishing is an American company that published Disney comics from 1986 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1998. ... This advertisement for Disney Comics ran in the issues published at the milestone of their first year. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gemstone Publishing (logo) Gemstone Publishing is a U.S. company that is the current publisher of licensed Disney comic books, starting in June 2003. ... Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest independent publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ...

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Notable Schools

American School

The original school of Disney comics. The original newspaper strips and comics by the likes of Carl Barks and Paul Murry were originally produced in the USA. The most notable American Disney comics books are Walt Disney's Comics and Stories and Uncle Scrooge. In more recent years, Disney comics have seen a lack of popularity in their country of origin, and many North American Disney comics artists (such as Don Rosa and William van Horn) work for European publishers. Carl Barks in 1942 Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951) and Gyro Gearloose (1952). ... Paul Murry (1911—1989) was an American Disney Comics artist who worked for Walt Disneys Comics and Stories from 1953 to 1973. ... Walt Disneys Comics and Stories is a comic book that has an assortment of Disney characters, including Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Chip n Dale, Lil Bad Wolf, Scamp, Bucky Bug, Grandma Duck, Brer Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and others. ... Uncle Scrooge #21 cover. ... Don Rosa visiting Finland in 1999 Gioachino Keno Don Hugo Rosa (often just called Don Rosa) is a writer and illustrator of stories about Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and other Disney characters. ... William Van Horn (born February 15, 1939) has been a Disney comics artist since 1988. ...


Egmont School

Danish publisher Egmont (previously Gutenberghus) has one of the largest productions of Disney comics in the world. The Danes started publishing their own series in the early 1960s, however, a large part of Egmont's production have been made by foreign artists such as Vicar and Daniel Branca. The Scandinavian countries are, besides the Netherlands, the only countries in which Donald Duck is more popular than Mickey Mouse. Egmont is one of the leading media industry groups of Scandinavia. ... Vicar, a pseudonym for Victor Arrigada Rios (born in Santiago, Chile April 16, 1934), is a Disney comics artist. ... Daniel Branca (1951-January 28, 2005) was an Argentinan comic artist. ... Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character from Walt Disney Productions. ... Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ...


Italian (Mondadori) School

The first Italian Disney comics was published already in the early 1930s, and Federico Pedrocchi wrote and illustrated the first long Disney comic book as early as in 1937. Italy is the country of origin for some of the most famous Disney comic artists, including Romano Scarpa, Giorgio Cavazzano, and Giovan Battista Carpi. Italy has introuced several new characters to the Disney universe, including Donald's superhero alter ego Paperinik. Production was handled by Mondadori Editore from 1935 until 1989, when Disney Italy took over. Romano Scarpa at an Exposition in Rome in 2000 Romano Scarpa (Venice, September 27, 1927 - Málaga, April 23, 2005) was one of the most famous Italian creators of Disney comics. ... Giorgio Cavazzano, born October 19, 1947, is an Italian comic strip artist. ... Giovan Battista Carpi (November 16, 1927-March 3, 1999) was an Italian comics artist. ... Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Recently, Disney Italy has launched several new lines, including PK (an Americanized version of Paperinik), W.I.T.C.H. (Disney's answer to manga), and the comics published under the imprint Buena Vista Comics (including the original Monster Allergy comic series and a few other titles, such as Kylion and a comic inspired by the Alias TV show). In W.I.T.C.H., five teenage girls are chosen to be the new Guardians of Kandrakar, who protect the center of the universe from people and creatures who wish to cause harm to it. ... For other uses, see Manga (disambiguation). ... Monster Allergy is a monthly comic from the creators of W.I.T.C.H. which is published by Buena Vista Comics. ... Alias was an American SpyFi television series, created by J. J. Abrams, that aired on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006. ...


Dutch School

Also the Netherlands (current publisher: Sanoma) has a significant school of Disney comics. The first Dutch Disney comics appeared in 1953. In 1975, Daan Jippes became the art director for production of these comics, and created a heavily Barks-inspired line that remains the best-known Dutch Disney style. Donald Duck is the most popular Disney character in the Netherlands, but Sanoma also produces comics starring lesser-known characters such as Li'l Bad Wolf. Daan Jippes (full name is Daniel Jan Jippes) is a Disney comics artist. ... Carl Barks in 1942 Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951) and Gyro Gearloose (1952). ... A fictional character in Disney comics and in the animated series House of Mouse (where he is voiced by Andrew Lawrence). ...


Other schools

  • Brazilian school
  • British school
  • French school

Database

Every little bit of information about (almost) all Disney comics can be found at the I.N.D.U.C.K.S. online database. I.N.D.U.C.K.S. is a website containing a database aiming to index all Disney comics ever printed in the world [1]. The database lists Disney publication, stories, characters and authors and is available in a dozen languages. ...


Notable authors

Carl Barks in 1942 Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951) and Gyro Gearloose (1952). ... Luciano Bottaro is humoristic cartoonist, born in Rapallo (Genova) on November 16, 1931. ... Jack Bradbury (December 27, 1914-May 15, 2004) was an American animator and comic book artist. ... Daniel Branca (1951-January 28, 2005) was an Argentinan comic artist. ... Giovan Battista Carpi (November 16, 1927-March 3, 1999) was an Italian comics artist. ... Giorgio Cavazzano, born October 19, 1947, is an Italian comic strip artist. ... Manuel Gonzales (March 3, 1913-March 1993) was a Spanish-American Disney comics artist. ... Arthur Floyd Gottfredson (May 5, 1905 - July 22, 1986) is the man who gave Mickey Mouse his comic strip personality. ... Robert P. Gregory (1921-2003) was an American comics artist and writer. ... Mau Heymans (born in Veldhoven in 1961) is one of the most productive and popular Dutch Disney comics artists and writers. ... Al Hubbard is a Disney Comics artist who did mostly Chip n Dale and Jiminy Cricket stories, but did a few Donald Duck stories too. ... Daan Jippes (full name is Daniel Jan Jippes) is a Disney comics artist. ... Robert Louis Karp (1911-1975) was an American comics writer. ... Paul Murry (1911—1989) was an American Disney Comics artist who worked for Walt Disneys Comics and Stories from 1953 to 1973. ... Don Rosa visiting Finland in 1999 Gioachino Keno Don Hugo Rosa (often just called Don Rosa) is a writer and illustrator of stories about Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and other Disney characters. ... Marco Rota (born September 18, 1942) was an Italian Disney comic artist who served as editor-in-chief of Disney Italia from 1974 to 1988. ... Romano Scarpa at an Exposition in Rome in 2000 Romano Scarpa (Venice, September 27, 1927 - Málaga, April 23, 2005) was one of the most famous Italian creators of Disney comics. ... Donald Duck and Moby Duck by Tony Strobl. ... Charles Alfred Taliaferro (August 29, 1905 - February 3, 1969) known simply as Al Taliaferro was a Disney Comics artist who used to produce Disney comic strips for King Features Syndicate. ... Noel Van Horn is William Van Horns son. ... William Van Horn (born February 15, 1939) has been a Disney comics artist since 1988. ... Vicar, a pseudonym for Victor Arrigada Rios (born in Santiago, Chile April 16, 1934), is a Disney comics artist. ... The name Bill Walsh may refer to the following people: Bill Walsh, an American football Hall_of_Famer. ...

External links

  • Disney Comics Mailing List
  • Disney Comics Worldwide
  • I.N.D.U.C.K.S. - the Disney comics database

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Donald Duck Comic Book Rarities (1168 words)
The name of Donald Duck will always be connected to Carl Barks, as his comic book work on Donald and his nephews, their uncle $crooge, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, and many others is a milestone not only in comic book industry, but in art as well.
No, I do not mean his retirement paintings on various topics, I honestly proclaim the contents of comic book stories written and drawn by Carl Barks, sold to children for a dime, printed on cheapest paper, and intended by publishers to be a throw-away item, to be art.
Technical notes: Scans were taken at 125 dpi out of the original comic books and converted into JPEG format (preserving 75% quality), except otherwise noted (in most cases images were taken from internet auctions on Ebay).
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