Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vintage Funnies

Vintage Funnies

Not long ago I got this collection of Vintage Funnies pictured above. Or the lot actually consists of Favorite Funnies 1-12, Golden Funnies 1-15 and Vintage Funnies 16-60, but they are all basically the same thing. Favorite Funnies and Golden Funnies were two different series published at the same time, while Vintage Funnies is just a new name for Golden Funnies. The name changed after #15 and according to comics.org the series lasted up to #100.


Favorite Funnies #1 and Golden Funnies #1

Golden Funnies #15 and Vintage Funnies #16 after the name changed

This newspaper sized series from the 70's reprints old newspaper comic and has everything from Superman to Krazy Kat inside. And from Vintage Funnies #29 the series also has Disney comics.
 

Sunday pages and daily strips in Vintage Funnies

The first three issues had one page with some randomly chosen Sunday pages with Silly Symphony and Mickey Mouse. But after that Vintage Funnies started printing Mickey Mouse daily strips in chronological order, usually with 6 strips (Monday to Saturday) in each issue. The source looks like are newspaper clippings probably from private collections, so the reprint quality is not that good.
 

Editorial text in Vintage Funnies #29

From the editorial text in #29, it sounds like the plan was to reprint the Mickey Mouse daily strips from the beginning, but that didn't happen. The daily strips start in the middle of "Death Valley" with the first half of July 14th, 1930 strip as an introduction and then with the strips chronologically from July 7th, 1930 and onwards. I'm glad I got this print of the introduction strip (at least half of it) because the size is huge compared to the reprint in the Floyd Gottfredson library! There you can barely read the text.

 

Vintage Funnies #32 and the Floyd Gottredson library vol.1
Vintage Funnies #32 and the Floyd Gottredson library vol.1

This might only be for people with a special interest, but I made an index of all daily strips up to issue #60. I know the strip continued after this too (if anyone knows for how long please tell)

I used the inducks way to code the different strips, so:

ZS = Silly Symphony Sunday page
ZM = Mickey Mouse Sunday page
YM = Mickey Mouse daily strip

32-07-10 = 1932-July-10th

IssueContent
29ZS 32-07-10,ZM 32-07-10
30ZS 34-01-14,ZM 34-01-14
31ZS 34-03-25,ZM 34-03-25
32YM 30-07-14 (first half as intro),YM 30-07-07,YM 30-07-08,YM 30-07-09,YM 30-07-10
33YM 30-07-11,YM 30-07-12,YM 30-07-16,YM 30-07-17,YM 30-07-18,YM 30-07-19 (half of YM 30-07-14 used as intro in last issue, YM 30-07-15 missing)
34YM 30-07-21,YM 30-07-22,YM 30-07-23,YM 30-07-24,YM 30-07-25,YM 30-07-26
35YM 30-07-28,YM 30-07-29,YM 30-07-30,YM 30-07-31,YM 30-08-01,YM 30-08-02
36YM 30-08-04,YM 30-08-05,YM 30-08-06,YM 30-08-07,YM 30-08-08,YM 30-08-09
37YM 30-08-11,YM 30-08-12,YM 30-08-13,YM 30-08-14,YM 30-08-15,YM 30-08-16
38YM 30-08-18,YM 30-08-19,YM 30-08-20,YM 30-08-21,YM 30-08-22,YM 30-08-23
39YM 30-08-25,YM 30-08-26,YM 30-08-27,YM 30-08-28,YM 30-08-29,YM 30-08-30
40YM 30-09-01,YM 30-09-02,YM 30-09-03,YM 30-09-04,YM 30-09-05,YM 30-09-06
41YM 30-09-08,YM 30-09-09,YM 30-09-10,YM 30-09-11,YM 30-09-12,YM 30-09-13
42YM 30-09-15,YM 30-09-16,YM 30-09-17,YM 30-09-18,YM 30-09-19,YM 30-09-20
43YM 30-09-22,YM 30-09-23,YM 30-09-24,YM 30-09-25,YM 30-09-26,YM 30-09-27
44YM 30-09-29,YM 30-09-30,YM 30-10-01,YM 30-10-02,YM 30-10-03,YM 30-10-04
45YM 30-10-06,YM 30-10-07,YM 30-10-08,YM 30-10-09,YM 30-10-10,YM 30-10-11
46YM 30-10-13,YM 30-10-14,YM 30-10-15,YM 30-10-16,YM 30-10-17,YM 30-10-18
47YM 30-10-20,YM 30-10-21,YM 30-10-22,YM 30-10-23,YM 30-10-24,YM 30-10-25
48YM 30-10-27,YM 30-10-28,YM 30-10-29,YM 30-10-30,YM 30-10-31,YM 30-11-01
49YM 30-11-03,YM 30-11-04,YM 30-11-05,YM 30-11-06,YM 30-11-07,YM 30-11-08 (part of panel missing)
50YM 30-11-10,YM 30-11-11,YM 30-11-12,YM 30-11-13,YM 30-11-15 (YM 30-11-14 missing)
51YM 30-11-17,YM 30-11-18,YM 30-11-19,YM 30-11-20,YM 30-11-21,YM 30-11-22
52YM 30-11-24,YM 30-11-25,YM 30-11-26,YM 30-11-27,YM 30-11-28,YM 30-11-29
53YM 30-12-01,YM 30-12-02,YM 30-12-03,YM 30-12-04,YM 30-12-05,YM 30-12-06
54YM 30-12-08,YM 30-12-09,YM 30-12-10,YM 30-12-11,YM 30-12-12,YM 30-12-13
55YM 30-12-15,YM 30-12-16,YM 30-12-17,YM 30-12-18,YM 30-12-19,YM 30-12-20
56YM 30-12-23,YM 30-12-24,YM 30-12-25,YM 30-12-26,YM 30-12-27 (YM 30-12-22 missing)
57YM 31-01-05,YM 31-01-06,YM 31-01-07,YM 31-01-08,YM 31-01-09,YM 31-01-10 (worng order, should have been printed in next issue)
58YM 30-12-29,YM 30-12-30,YM 30-12-31,YM 31-01-01,YM 31-01-02,YM 31-01-03 (worng order, should have been printed in last issue)
59YM 31-01-12,YM 31-01-13,YM 31-01-14,YM 31-01-15,YM 31-01-16,YM 31-01-17
60YM 31-01-19,YM 31-01-20,YM 31-01-21,YM 31-01-22,YM 31-01-23,YM 31-01-24


As you can see there are some strips missing in-between, and it looks like one of the source clippings had a tear. So in addition to the bad reproduction quality this is not the collection to get if you want to read a full run of the strips. For that I recommend the Floyd Gottfredson library published by Fantagraphics.



YM 30-11-14 missing in #50 (not the 13th as the note say)


YM 30-12-22 missing in #56

Part of the panel is missing in the source used in #49
 

When making the index I actually used the Fantagraphics book as a guide to easily spot if something was missing. And by doing that I noticed something interesting that was missing in the book too! The end caption panel in the YM 30-12-06 strip is actually missing in the Fantagraphics collection.
 

YM 30-12-06 in the Floyd Gottfredson library vol.1 (top) and Vintage Funnies #53 (bottom)

To get the strip the same size as the rest it looks like the entire strip is scaled in width, so the proportion in the book is all wrong too compared to the original. It's easier to notice this by comparing the first two panels to the strip the day before. They should be about the same size, but as you can see in the picture above they are not in the Fantagraphics book.

I've seen scans from the German "Comic Buch Club" edition and I have the same strip in the British Disney Mirror #149. Both have the missing caption panel, so it couldn't have been that hard to find a source with it when compiling the book.


How the YM 30-12-06 strip originally looked (clickt to enlarge)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DuckTales trailer


A week ago we finally got the first real trailer for the new DuckTales series! We’ve seen a couple of promo images before and had a teaser video with the voice actors, but this is the first look at the animation and what to expect from the stories.

We got a lot of hidden clues and references to the comics in the trailer, so I’ll do a little breakdown of some the things I noticed.

 

McDuck Manor in the new series

The first scene we see in the trailer is Scrooge’s money bin, or McDuck Manor as they call it. From some of Barks’ stories we know that he has more than one bin, but apparently he has moved from Killmotor Hill to an island. The new money bin looks more like a fortress I think and seems to be a combined mansion and money bin. But the design looks closer to how the bin looked in the old DuckTales series (and with the roof like Italian comics) and not with the flat roof we usually see in the comic stories.
 

Uncle Scrooge's money bin in Walt Disney's Comic's and Stories #135

In the first comic stories with Scrooge, he lived in a mansion – which he also did the original DuckTales series and when Don Rosa created The Richest Duck in the World, the story where Huey Dewey and Louie meet Uncle Scrooge for the first time. As the they meet Scrooge for the first time in the trailer too, I guess we got it confirmed that the new series really is a "reboot" and not a continuation of the previous series.

Painting in the trailer, modeled after "Pick and Shovel Laborer" by Carl Barks


More painings in the trailer

After the boys have been introduced to Scrooge, we see the some of the interior and the first direct references to Carl Barks work. The first painting we see is actually modeled after a real paining called Pick and Shovel Laborer by Carl Barks. I believe the castle in the next scene is Castle McDuck from The Old Castle's Secret, and then we have a couple of more paintings by Carl Barks. The first one is called Always Another Rainbow and the other one is an unnamed painting from 1972.

Castle McDuck in "the Old Castle's Secret"

 
The original paintings by Carl Barks

The boys make a comment about Scrooge saying "you used to be a big deal" while we see a torn newspaper in the background with the headline "McDuck hangs up his spats after …". So apparently something has happened making him give up the treasure hunting and business adventures.




Scrooge replies by saying "I made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties", a quote from the comic story Only a Poor Old Man but also used in the original DuckTales series.


While Scrooge live in a mansion/money bin, it looks like Donald is living on a houseboat, exactly like he did in his very first appearance in The Wise Little Hen.
 

Donald living in a houseboat - from the DuckTales trailer (2017) and The Wise Little Hen (1934)

Webby seems to be a real nerd and quite different from the original DuckTales series. And it looks like she is already living with Scrooge. On her note board we can read something that looks like "Terri-Fermians sighting!". The Terries and Fermies (from Land Beneath the Ground) were called "Terra-Fermians" in the previous DuckTales series. So maybe we’ll see them again in this series.


Webby's note board with "Terri-Fermians sighting!" in the upper part.

Then we get to see scenes from some of the adventures we are going to get in the first season.

First we have a ghost pirate that some people think look like LeChuck from Monkey Island. I’m not sure I agree, but that would be the most awesome crossover ever! I guess Disney Interactive has the rights to Monkey Island now, so it could theoretically happen.


Ghost pirate

Then we see Scrooge riding a Chinese dragon.



And we get a glimpse of Flintheart Glomgold heading towards a huge ruby.

Flintheart Glomgold heading towards a huge ruby

And we have an underwater adventure, where we see an upside-down temple with a huge piece of rock – that looks a lot like the Temple of Manco Capac from Don Rosa’s The Son of the Sun!

Temple at the bottom of the sea

And we all know what happened to that temple...


With all the comic references and adventure stories the trailer is teasing, I’m really excited about the new DuckTales series!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Moana graphic novel

Moana graphic novel and Moana Comics Collection published by Joe Books
Moana graphic novel and Moana Comics Collection published by Joe Books

This post it mostly to let anyone interested know that Moana comics are in sale. Personally I haven't seen the movie yet, so I'll save the comics for later.

Both comics pictured above are published by Joe Books, and both have the same comic adaptation of the movie inside. But the "Comics Collection" book also has a few shorter original comic stories in addition to several "cinestories" (stories created with screencaps).


Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Gladstone daily strip collection that never was

It's time for another random post; I guess I have to live up to that hastily chosen name for this blog :)


The Gladstone that never was - From Gladstone's Donald Duck #279 (1990)
From Gladstone's Donald Duck #279 (1990)

In the last issue of Gladstone's first run of Donald Duck comics we can read a short note titled "The Gladstone that never was"
 


The page also has three covers by Russel Schrรถder that probably was intended to be used on future Donald Duck issues. One was later used as a cover for Donald Duck #303 and one for Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #592, but the elephant one is still not used anywhere to my knowledge. It would be fun if we saw it as a variant cover or something some day.

But the most interesting thing about that little note is that we almost had a Taliaferro daily strip collection back in the late 80's/early 90's! The project sounds like it's a similar concept as the Norwegian daily strip collection starting in 1987, also called "Day by Day" (translated). And books with the same format and content were later published in Sweden and Denmark too.
 

First volume in the Norwegain "Day by Day" collection

The Donald Duck cover by Jippes intended for the "Day by Day" collection was later used as a cover for Donald Duck #281 instead, when Gladstone resumed the Donald Duck series after a 3 years break while Walt Disney Publications was doing the Disney comics. And now about 25 years later we finally got that daily strip collection in IDW's Library of American Comics – and luckily without any strips having to be removed or edited!

 

Donald Duck #281, with the Jippes cover inteded for "Day by Day"



First volume of IDW's daily strip collectipn (published 2015)

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mickey’s Inferno from Papercutz




About a month ago we got the fourth volume of Papercutz’ series called Disney Graphic Novels, and the first one under the logo title Great Parodies. But the actual title of the book and the story inside is Mickey’s Inferno.

Mickey’s Inferno was originally published as a serial in the Italian Topolino way back in 1949 and was the start of a long series of Italian parody stories adapting classic literature. And this story is a parody of Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century poem Divine Comedy.

Written in rhyme it’s hard to do a direct translation of the comic story, so the English translation is more of a script adaptation than a real translation. I don’t know much Italian, so I can’t do a comparison to the original text – but we now have two different American editions of this story so it’s fun to do a little comparison of those.

The first American edition was a cut and remounted version in Gemstone’s Walt Disney's Comics  #666 in 2006.
 

Gemstone layout (left) and Papercutz using the original layout (middle and  right)

And the text in Gemstone’s version is quite different from the one in Papercutz’ book.


Italian Topolino (left), Gemstone (middle), Papercutz (right)


Italian Topolino (left), Gemstone (middle), Papercutz (right)

The Gemstone version got an entire sequence of the story cut out, but the Papercutz’ one is actually not 100% complete either. Even if the total number of pages is a few more than the original Topolino serial, a few panels are cut and others are extended.

Under is the last page of the first part and the first page of the second part as they originally were printed. In the 1-part version used by Papercutz the panel with Goofy about to be chopped to pieces is cut out and the intro panel for the second part is cut too.


Topolino last pg. of part 1 (left), Topolino first page of part 2 (middle), Papercutz 1-part version (right)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

IDW's Timeless Tales

First volumes of IDW's Timeless Tales

Initially I didn't plan on getting the hardcover series Timeless Tales as I already got all the monthly issues the books collects and some of the trade paperbacks as well. But when ordering some other books I saw a sale on the first volumes, and well… I couldn't resist a good deal.

Compared to the monthly issues and the trades the books print the comics in the same size as the monthlies, while the trades have a slightly smaller print. The monthlies and the trades use a glossy paper type while the books have a thicker matte paper. The colors are a little bit brighter on the glossy paper.
 

Trade paperback (left), montly issue (middle) and Timeless Tales hardcover (right)

The books each collect six issues of the monthly comic titles, and have the same content as two trades. I'm sure the various serials in the monthly comics are planed so books can collect six issues without having to break up a serial. But the books won't always collect exactly two trade paperbacks. Ex. the Scrooge's Last Adventure trade collect 4 issues (US #13-16), while the next trade Himalayan Hideout will have the usual 3 issues again (US #17-19). So Uncle Scrooge: Timeless Tales vol.3 with 6 issues (US #13-18) will only collect part of the second trade.

In addition all books have one extra bonus story not present in the comics they collect and they also have a new introduction article.

But that's not the best thing about these books. This information was new to me until I started flipping through the books, but might be important to some. While some of the stories in the monthlies and the trades are censored, the books actually print the stories how they originally were drawn without the censoring.

Examples:

In the story with Shamrock Bones that I thought was censored in a really silly way, the good guys are now allowed to use guns again. This story was also censored in the trade paperback.
 

Montly issue (left) and Timless Tales vol.1 (right)

The Ghost of Man-Eater Mountain had splash panels and several other panels removed when printed in IDW's Mickey Mouse #5. In Timeless Tales all original content is present in the story. But in this case, the uncut version is actually used in the trade paperback too.
 

Montly issue with panels removed (left) and Timeles Tales vol.1 (right)

And Grandpa Beagle is allowed to smoke his pipe again.

Montly issue (left) and Timeless Tales vol.2 (right)

I haven't done any extensive comparisons of the different editions, but for most part the censoring seems to be gone in Timeless Tales. One exception is the story Hampered! from the British Mickey Mouse Annual that is censored in all American prints. But that one was censored for good reasons!

So if you haven't got any of IDW's Disney comics yet, Timeless Tales is the definitive edition and the one to get.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales vol.1

sWalt Disney'sTreasury of Classic Tales vol.1 from IDW

We got the first volume of Treasury of Classic Tales in November last year. The series is (probably) going to collect all Sunday pages under the Treasury logo that ran in newspapers from 1952 and all the way up to 1986. We got a total of 129 stories in this series and by my calculation it’s enough to fill at least 9, maybe 10 books. But I guess sales will show if we are going to get all of them.

The first volume in this series collects the first 8 treasury stories in addition to a Cinderella adaptation and a Alice in Wonderland adaptation that were printed as standalone Sunday series between the Silly Symphony series and Treasury of Classic Tales. And all stories in this series are adaptations of animated or live-action features – sometimes an entire film and sometimes just a segment of it.



"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - adaptation of the live-ation movie with the same name.


"Ben and Me" - adaptation of the animated short with the same name

When I got the first volume in this series I didn’t really know how to read the book… I have to admit I’m not that interested in all of the stories in this series – at least not just reading them as entertainment. A few years ago I had a project going on trying to watch old live-action Disney movies (still a lot I haven’t seen), so one way to read this book is to watch the movie first, and then read the story to compare. Another interesting way could be to compare the Sunday page adaptations to the regular comic book adaptations.

There are several other series of Sunday pages I’d rather see collected in IDW’s Library of American Comics, like the Brer Rabbit Sundays, or the early years of post-Gottfredson Mickey Mouse Sundays. But I still think it’s a good thing that Treasury of Classic Tales is being collected too. Some of the stories in this series are really hard to find! Even in the newspapers at the time they were created they were a rare find. So it’s great that they finally become available for anyone interested, and I know a lot of Jack Kirby fans have been waiting a long time for a proper collection of the The Black Hole Sunday pages. But the volume collecting that story is still years away.

As with the Silly Symphonies and Donald Duck Sundays collections from IDW, Treasury of Classic Tales also print the pages in the full format with coloring based on the original coloring used in the newspapers. But in the newspapers the pages were often printed in a different layout. Under are some pages from The Sword and the Rose, comparing different layouts in the newspapers with the full format in the book.

Sunday pages were usually colored unlike to the daily strips that at the time were printed in black and white. But some newspapers also printed the Sunday pages without color.
 



In the next example the panes are arranged to fill an entire page in the newspaper. Note that two panels are cut too.
 


Another popular format was to print the Sunday pages over two rows. That way the newspaper could fit 3 different comics on the same page. Two panels are cut in this example too, and other panels are also trimmed in width.
 


I’ve always believed that the 3 row landscape format as used in the book was the original format containing all of the artwork. But this seems to not be the case. In the 2-row example above the panels actually have more art in the bottom and top compared to the panels in the book! So the original artwork must look like none of the examples above (?).


"The Sword and the Rose" - panel from the book (left) compared to a 2-row newspaper clipping (right)

Here are a couple of examples from other stories in the book:


"Peter and the Wolf" - panel from the book (left) compared to a 2-row newspaper clipping (right)

"Peter Pan" - panel from the book (left) compared to a 2-row newspaper clipping (right)


Trying to search the web for original art, all examples I find looks like the layout found in the book, ex. the July 18, 1954 page from Peter and the Wolf.  But my newspaper clipping got more art not present on that piece of original art.
 

"Peter and the Wolf" - Original art (?) compared to a 2-row newspaper clipping

So was the extra art added later, or is the piece in the gallery at Comic Art Fans not really the original art, just one of the original mountings? If anyone knows more about this, please enlighten me!