- Full Description
This second of four volumes presents the spectacular Sunday pages from 1935 to 1939, featuring the first comic strip adaptation of a feature-length film (Snow White), the original Donald Duck series, plus the Three Little Pigs (and the Big Bad Wolf, of course), Elmer the Elephant, Pluto, Goofy, and the Three Little Kittens. The artwork for these rare strips has come straight from the Disney vaults, each page meticulously colored using as a guide the original file copies that belonged to Walt Disney himself.
Introduction by J.B. Kaufman: "It's not difficult to understand why the 1930s and early '40s are widely regarded as the "Golden Age" of Walt Disney studio. The Disney films of those years were marked by a distinctive, original quality that proved irresistible to audiences of the time, and is no less appealing today. The same quality distinguished...its comic strips...the strips mirrored the freshness and charm of the Silly Symphonies themselves."
"The progress of the Silly Symphony strip in these pages charts the maturation of the Disney studio into new and unfamiliar territory. Three Orphan Kittens, released in 1935, was notable for the elegant sophistication of its visual effects, and would go on to win the Academy Award as the best cartoon of the year. It's corresponding comic continuity...retained the bare bones of the film's concept and changed almost everything else."
"Elmer Elephant(1936), about the troubles of a little jungle misfit, likewise inspired a continuity that retained the film's setting and characters, but took their story in a new direction."
In 1936, the strip took an entirely new direction, not adapting a story but launching a new long-running continuity around a character...Donald Duck. He had debuted just two years before as just another character, but his popularity was quickly noted and here he's on his way to becoming a major Disney character. This continuity has never before been collected, and it was Taliaferro's very clear tryout to make Donald a feature of his own. It worked, and the DD strip debuted. October 1937 debuted the nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Donald's popularity had eclipsed Mickey's own, and in 1938 he got his own solo strip. And the kids, who typically would have started in an animated cartoon, instead were created first here, in the Sunday page stories.
The introduction features wonderful early poster art for the cartoons and features, and explains how all this was leading up to the first Disney animated feature: Snow White!
- Additional Information
Item Code WDSS02H Publisher IDW Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781631408045 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 12x9 # Pages 192pg Color Full Color