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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A 1930 Mickey Daily Cartoon

Here is a cartoon I happened upon at a paper show. It was printed in the Oakland Post Enquirer of Thursday, March 13, 1930...
The End...< Click on it!
Written by Walt himself, drawn by Win Smith (See the comments).



Anonymous Mark Sonntag says...

Very nice find, could this be one of Ub's or is this an early Gottfredson?

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 12:10:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Stylistically, Mickey looks more like the version that was used in the film Just Mickey, the first Mickey after Ub had left the studio Jan. 30th, 1930. This would fit with the date in the bottom of the drawing - if done in 1930, of course. Thus it would be an early Gottfredson.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 12:20:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous wundermild says...

I believe this strip (from the first continuity, later termed "Mysterious Island") falls into the period when Win Smith was pencilling the series. Ub Iwerks reportedly did the first 12 strips (from Jan 13 to Jan 25, 1930), and Gottfredson didn't take over until May 5, 1930, when the second storyline (to be termed "Mickey Mouse in Death Valley" later) was already in progress.

Friday, May 16, 2008 at 2:55:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hello wundermild - yes, of course it is Win Smith - what am I thinking!

As Are Myklebust reminded me, as well: this was written by Walt himself, drawn by Win Smith, and Gottfredson's first strip appeared, as you point out, on May 5th, 1930, his 25th birthday.

I liked the wording in Don Peri's Gottfredson interview in "Working with Walt:" [...]Walt called Win in and had a showdown with him. In about a half hour, Win came storming out to my desk and said, "It looks like you got a new job."
I said, "Why is this?"
He said, "No young whippersnapper is going to tell me what to do," and he walked out of the studio into oblivion.

Friday, May 16, 2008 at 4:58:00 AM PDT  

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