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Setting the Stage


Of Mouse and Man: Adapting Mickey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Foreword by Thomas Andrae June 12 October 7,1933. Plot and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Script by Ted Osborne; Inks by Ted Thwaites

The Adventures: Mickey Mouse the Detective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208


Floyd Gottfredsons Mickey Mouse Stories The Crazy Crime Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
With Introductory Notes October 9, 1933 January 9, 1934. Plot and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Script by Merrill de Maris; Inks by Ted Thwaites
Looking Forward, Looking Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

The Great Orphanage Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


January 11 May 14, 1932. Story and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Inks by Al Taliaferro

King of the Cannibal Island Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55


May 16 November 12, 1932. Story and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Inks by Al Taliaferro and Ted Thwaites

Growth of a Hero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Blaggard Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109


November 14, 1932 February 10, 1933. Plot and pencils by
Floyd Gottfredson; Script by Webb Smith; Inks by Ted Thwaites

Pluto and the Dogcatcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134


February 11 25, 1933. Plot and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Script by Ted Osborne; Inks by Ted Thwaites

Gloom and Greatness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

The Mail Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141


February 27 June 10, 1933. Plot and pencils by Floyd Gottfredson;
Script by Ted Osborne; Inks by Ted Thwaites

Betting the Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172


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The Gottfredson Archives:


Essays and Special Features Mickey Mouse in Blaggard Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Painting by Floyd Gottfredson
Gallery featureThe Comics Department at Work:
Mickey Mouse in Color (...And Black and White) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Gallery featureGottfredsons World: The Mail Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

Gallery featureGottfredsons World: Sharing the Spotlight: Ted Osborne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260


The Great Orphanage Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 by Alberto Becattini and David Gerstein

The Cast: Horace, Clarabelle... and Dippy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Mickey Mouse the Mail Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
by David Gerstein Painting by Floyd Gottfredson

Mousterpieces: Floyd Gottfredsons Mickey Mouse Paintings . . . . . . . . 244 Gallery featureGottfredsons World:
Appreciation by Malcolm Willits Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262

Mickey Mouse in the Frozen North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Painting by Floyd Gottfredson Painting by Floyd Gottfredson

Gallery featureGottfredsons World: Sharing the Spotlight: Merrill de Maris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264


Mickey Mouse Sails For Treasure Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 by Alberto Becattini and David Gerstein

The Cast: Pete and Shyster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Gallery featureGottfredsons World: The Crazy Crime Wave . . . . . . . . 265
by David Gerstein
Mickey Mouse the Detective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Mickey Mouse Sails for Treasure Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Painting by Floyd Gottfredson
Painting by Floyd Gottfredson
The Cast: Tanglefoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Mickey Mouse and Clarabelle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 by J.B. Kaufman and David Gerstein
Painting by Floyd Gottfredson
Gallery featureGottfredsons World: The Perils of Mickey . . . . . . . . . . . 268

Gallery featureGottfredsons World: Blaggard Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 Return to Blaggard Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Disney Adventures, Vol 3, No 10 and 11 (August and September, 1993).
The Gottfredson Gang: In Their Own Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 Story by David Cody Weiss; Art by Stephen DeStefano; Lettering by
by David Gerstein, with texts by Eleanor Barnes Stephen DeStefano and Bill Spicer

The Cast: Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 During the Continuities... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
by David Gerstein by Floyd Gottfredson

Sharing the Spotlight: Webb Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257


by Alberto Becattini and David Gerstein
JANUARY 11, 1932

MAY 14, 1932
LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

T
he one-time popularity of Uncle Toms Cabinparticularly as a While Stowe disliked some of these depictions, 19th century copyright law
story for all agesseems foreign from todays vantage point. left her powerless to stop them.2
Yet when one steps just a couple of decades into the past, there Luckily for Stowe, the abolition-minded boosters of her original
is Uncle Tom: as common a family classic, in the public mindset, as The novel mounted Uncle Tom plays of their own. These pro-North Tom
Wizard of Oz. And like Oz, Uncle Tom was capable of being interpreted and shows still navely included some elements that offend today, such as
re-interpreted in numerous ways. white actors performing in blackface. But pro-North Tom shows tried
When Abraham Lincoln called Tom author Harriet Beecher Stowe to be pro-equality, too. Simon Legree once again represented slavery as
the little woman who started [the Civil] War, he was only half-right: a whole; Tom, while a victim of villainy, defiantly refused to give in to it.
slavery was not the only reason for the conflict. Still, the original Uncle The pro-North Uncle Tom was often the subject of early animation
Toms Cabin (1852)as a bestselling abolitionist novelsurely fueled the and comics. Battles with Simon Legree became a nearly constant activity
fires of battle. Its African-American slave heroes were smart, rounded for cartoon stars: from Felix the Cat in Uncle Toms Crabbin (1927) to Red
individuals; the original Uncle Tom fought back against thuggish white Hot Riding Hood in Uncle Toms Cabana (1947). Mickey got his opportu-
characters by refusing to betray his runaway compatriots, or to lower nity with Floyd Gottfredsons Great Orphanage Robbery (1932); then
himself to his owners level of violence. again with a screen version, Mickeys Mellerdrammer (1933), one year later.
Yet Stowes characters are seldom remembered this way today. Less Mickeys versions of the Tom story reflect the state of progressivism
than a year after the books publication, pro-South stage play versions in the early 1930s. Practicing for his role as Uncle Tom, Mickey commend-
of Uncle Tom were transforming the story radically.1 Slave girl Topsy, once ably talks back to his master (January 29); Horace Horsecollar, playing
the tragic image of an uneducated child, became a simple comic foil. Evil Legree, is bombarded with vegetables or chased by his own hound.3 By the
slave owner Simon Legree became one bad apple in an otherwise accept- same token, however, Mickeys retelling still includes severely dated ele-
able institution. Finally, Toms refusal to fight was transformed from mentslike blackface gags and overexaggerated Southern dialect. The
moral superiority into timid cowardice, creating the clich of the uncle sheer ubiquity of some clichs in 1932 led even well-intentioned writers
tom: a minority member who behaves submissively toward oppressors. to overlook their negative impact. [DG]

1 John Frick, Uncle Toms Cabin on the Antebellum Stage, Uncle Toms Cabin & American Culture, http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/interpret/
exhibits/frick/frick.html (accessed April 9, 2011).
2 Eric Lott, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 213.
3 The punishment differs from film to strip; see Mickeys Mellerdrammer (1933) on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Vol. 2 (Disney DVD, 2004).
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