This is the one-hundred and fourteenth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous one-hundred and thirteen. Click here for a similar archive, only arranged by subject.
Unless you lived in the s or are a fan of vintage comic strips you might not be aware of the attempted Mickey Mouse suicide. But it was a very real thing that ran in the Mickey Mouse comic strip from October 8th to the 24th of It is a grim series of strips, with a happy ending, that really demonstrate how culture and entertainment, especially surrounding death, have changed over the years.
Mickey Mouse titled Mickey Mouse and Friends from issues — is a comic book series that has a long-running history, first appearing in as part of the Four Color one-shot series. It received its own numbering system with issue 28 Decemberand after many iterations with various publishers, ended with June from IDW Publishing. Two major artistic influences on the appearance of Mickey in comics are Floyd Gottfredsonwho drew the Mickey Mouse comic strip from toand comic book artist Paul Murrywho drew Mickey stories from to
The strips are reproduced from Disney proof sheets, and artwork from private collections. The strip debuted on January 13,and was initially written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks. Gottfredson took over the strip when Disney and Iwerks found themselves too busy, and he continued with it until The series is uncensored, and as the strips were done in the s, some of the strips may come across as offensive to modern readers, especially due to racial stereotypes that were common at the time.
There were more Mickey shorts, character merchandise, local Mickey Mouse Clubs and—on January 13, —a comic strip, which celebrates its 85th anniversary today. What could go wrong with that? Here on the Disney Parks Blog we have the very first Mickey comic strip for you to see.
The two comic frames, above, were originally published in October ofpart of a two week story line. The plot: On the first day, Mickey catches Minnie cheating on him and, as seen above, decides to take his own life. For the next three days, he tries three different methods — shooting himself using a Rube Goldberg-esque setup to fire the rifle; jumping off a bridge; and poisoning himself with gas from his radiator below — and all three times, Mickey fails in what is intended to be a comical fashion.
Earlier this month, The Haunted Mansion comic book debuted. The first of a five-issue miniseries, the series was written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Jorge Coelho, with a special Disney Parks-specific variant cover featuring an illustration by original Mansion Imagineer, Marc Davis. The plot concerns a teenage boy convinced that the spirit of a loved one is trapped within the titular haunted house, and is filled to references big and small to the original attraction.
An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Mickey first appeared in comics after he had appeared in 15 commercially successful animated shorts and was easily recognized by the public. Walt Disney was approached by King Features Syndicate with the offer to license Mickey and his supporting characters for use in a comic strip.
Home Categories Archive Community. Mickey Mouse comics. Cute anthropomorphic male mouse, originally Mickey Mouse was characterized as a mischievous antihero.
King Features approached Disney about licensing the characters, and on January 13,the Mickey Mouse comic strip was born. In these early days, the stories were loose adaptations of Mickey shorts, such as Plane Crazy. After a few weeks, Iwerks departed the strip, and by May, Disney left as well, leaving Win Smith with the increased burden of first doing full art and then the prospect of scripting the strip as well. He promptly resigned.