Remembering Carson Van Osten

Disney Legend Carson Van Osten—who began his Disney career as an illustrator and who would, over the next 45 years, hold a variety of creative positions at Disney Consumer Products and the Disney Publishing Group—passed away on December 22.

He arrived at Walt Disney Productions in 1970, beginning as an illustrator of Mickey Mouse comic books. “I did like to…

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When Mickey’s Career Turned a Page

It’s hard to imagine a world without an international icon as widely adored as Mickey Mouse. While the first series of Mickey cartoons brought instant fame to the cheerful personality in the late 1920s, it would take even more to elevate the new character on the block to his status as an enduring cultural symbol.

Enter the 1930s, when more than 100 Mickey shorts hit…

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box cover art for Marvel Star Wars Epic Collection

Marvel Announces Star Wars Legends Epic Collections Beginning April 2015

Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away—Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format, Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPB.
the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith or abandon it completely . . .
Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic…

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Walt Disney looking at original story sketches for Karnival Kid

Walt Disney Reminisces About Early Mickey Mouse Artwork

By Jim Fanning

 Before the storyboarding process was pioneered by the Disney Studios in the early 1930s, story sketches for animated shorts were often drawn comic-book style with several panels to a page. In 1966, when Walt Disney came across story sketches from one of the earliest Mickey Mouse cartoons—The Karnival Kid (1929), he shared the art with two Mouse…

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Walt and the Great Comic Book Controversy

The best-selling magazine on newsstands in 1953 was not Time or Newsweek or The Saturday Evening Post—it was Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories.

Though Walt had little to do with this funnybook—widely considered the top-selling comic book series in history—he took pride in its excellence and the quality of all the Disney comics. In April 1954, when the…

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Comic showing Fethry Duck, Donald Duck's cousin

Donald Duck’s Progressive Cousin

The Health Nut, Italian Topolino 453 (1964; U.S. reprint in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 638, 2003).
“It’s called do-it-yourself… and that’s what I’m going to do for you!” —Fethry Duck
The Lowdown
Donald’s stocking-capped New Age cousin has a new fad—and often a new job—every week. Fethry’s got unstoppable creativity, selfless…

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Scrooge McDuck in The Duck With Three Cubic Acres of Cash

The Duck With Three Cubic Acres of Cash

Scrooge McDuck’s Debut
Christmas on Bear Mountain, Four Color #178 (December 1947)

“No man is poor who can do what he likes to do once in a while!” —Scrooge McDuck

The Lowdown
“Burst me bagpipes!”
He’s the most popular Disney character ever created for comics. He’s tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties—and he made his…

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Donald Duck’s Alter Duck Ego

Donald Duck’s Comic Debut
Paperinik il diabolico vendicatore (The Diabolical Duck Avenger), Italian Topolino 706 (1969)
“Everybody’s always picking on me! But they really admire Duck Avenger!” —Donald Duck
The Lowdown
Every sweepstakes addict has his day. Donald’s came when he “won” Villa Rose, a mansion once owned by a “modern-day Robin Hood.”…

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Eega Beeva and Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse’s Time-Traveling Friend

The Man of Tomorrow serial; Mickey Mouse daily strip (September 26, 1947)

“I see where your primitive pmind might have ptrouble with the idea!” —Eega Beeva

The Lowdown
Exploring a cavern in 2447 Mouseton, eccentric tech guru Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push stumbled through a time warp into Mickey’s era. Our hero…

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