WALT DISNEY’S MICKEY MOUSE BY FLOYD GOTTFREDSON, VOLUME 3, “HIGH NOON AT INFERNO GULCH” Edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics Books)
The latest in this handsome, lovingly-edited hardcover series of Mickey Mouse daily comic strips (covering 1934-35) is, again, a tribute to the artistry and storytelling skill of the long-unappreciated Floyd Gottfredson. It also offers an opportunity for animation and comics historian Gerstein and Fantagraphics guru Groth to offer insights and rare artwork. Essays by Thomas Andrae and the late Bill Blackbeard place these comics in the larger context of what was happening at the Disney studio—and popular culture in general—in the 1930s. There is a drawing signed by Walt Disney for Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle—showing both Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse—that is worth the price of admission alone.