This site is dedicated to Floyd Gottfredson, one of the world's almost forgotten artists, which is, by no means, justified.
More on Gottfredson will follow later, I intend to update this site
often, giving view to scarce pieces of art out of Gottfredson's body of
Note: Mickey Mouse adventures of Gottfredson, first appearing as daily strips (or, occasionally, as Sunday pages) in American newspapers, were always untitled. Titles were usually assigned later, when the strips or pages were reprinted in picture-books or comic books, which the artists had no influence on. For the sake of a better overview, these reprint titles are commonly used today.
This is what has been uploaded so far (last update: July 13th, 2000):
- Mickey Mouse in Death Valley - first part (April 1st - June 21st, 1930)
April 1st - September 20th, 1930. Written by Walt Disney (4/1 - 5/17) and Floyd Gottfredson (5/19 - 9/20), drawn by Win Smith (4/1 - 5/3), Floyd Gottfredson (5/5 - 6/7, 6/23 - 9/20) and most probably Hardie Gramatky (6/9 - 6/21), inked by Win Smith (4/1 - 5/3), Floyd Gottfredson (5/5 - 5/17), Floyd Gottfredson and/or Hardie Gramatky (5/19 - 6/7, 6/23 - 9/20), and most probably Hardie Gramatky (6/9 - 6/21). (I.N.D.U.C.K.S.)
Note: Most reprints of this particular story are severely mutilated. Especially the strange railroad sequence (6/9 - 6/21) ist often cropped, probably due to the fact that the art is very different to the rest of the story. The art of that particular sequence is usually attributed to Hardie Gramatky (who assisted Gottfredson on inks around that time), but the I.N.D.U.C.K.S. (Gottfredson expert David Gerstein) claims the artist being Jack King (the later Duck animation shorts director), based on examinations of drawing styles. No evidence is available, though.
Note: Pencil layout drawings have survived from most panels of one week's strips (June 2nd till 7th); the preliminary art can be compared with the final inked art here.
- Mickey Mouse Trying to Commit Suicide - complete
October 8th - 24th, 1930. Written and Drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, Inked by Floyd Gottfredson and/or Hardie Gramatky. (I.N.D.U.C.K.S.)
Note: Part of the story Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers, September 22nd - December 29th, 1930. Written and Drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, Inked by Floyd Gottfredson and Hardie Gramatky (10/8 - 11/15), and Floyd Gottfredson and Earl Duvall (11/17 - 12/29). Hint: The U.S.A. comic books Uncle Scrooge 314, and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 629 and 630, respectively, reprint only parts of the story, omitting the suicide sequence.
Note: Old scans (100 dpi) have been replaced by larger scans (150 dpi).
There seems to exist a "Black List" somewhere at the Walt Disney Company officials that contains stories that are currently blocked for reprinting in their original form, or even forbidden entirely. Most certainly, this does apply to the anti-Nazi stories listed above, but it is stated nowhere. But for the following Gottfredson stories censorship has been stated explicitly (see Gladstone comic book Mickey Mouse 256):
- Mickey Mouse and the Sacred Jewel
October 15th - December 29th, 1934. Written by Ted Osborne and Floyd Gottfredson (plot), Drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, Inked by Ted Thwaites.
Gladstone's plans for reprinting this story in the eighties were defeated when it came clear that the presentation of native stereotypes in this story are not compatible with political correctness today.
The author of this page (Willibald Wundermild) may be contacted at email@example.com.There is some hope that the strict policy might loosen: The story Mickey Mouse on Sky Island (November 30, 1936 - April 3rd, 1937) has been allowed for reprint only with some dialogue heavily rewritten (due to professor Einmug's strong German accent; stated in StoryboarD 5/1988), but it has been reprinted in its original form meanwhile (by Disney itself: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 582-584). Some other cases are known with dialogue rewritten [usually foreign accents, e.g. Mickey Mouse and Oscar the Ostrich (January 6th - March 20th, 1936, reprinted by Gladstone in Mickey Mouse 241-242); a list of dialogue changes of Gladstone and Disney comic books is on schedule].
Mickey Mouse in the Foreign Legion
March 21st - August 8th, 1936. Written by Ted Osborne and Floyd Gottfredson (plot), Drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, Inked by Ted Thwaites.
Parts of this story were considered too violent for a newsstand comic book which brought down Gladstone's schedule for reprinting this story somewhen in the eighties.
I am planning to upload scans of banned stories, but it may take some time. Maybe it won't be necessary in not too far future. Well, I can dream, can't I?
Technical notes: Scans were taken at 150 dpi out of the a scarce collection of reprints and converted into JPEG format (preserving 75% quality), except otherwise noted. The collection mentioned is called The Complete Daily Strip Adventures of Mickey Mouse 1930-1955, published by Comic Buch Club Germany in the Mid-Seventies (26 volumes, each volume covering one year's worth of daily strip art) and, according to the books' imprint, a collector's edition limited to no more than 500 copies. The dust that surrounded that collection in the past decades has settled a bit recently, so an extended explanation will follow soon.
|Note: Mickey Mouse stories are listed with an orange background, while Duck stories' background is white; and other Disney characters have a green backgound.|
The Copyright of all illustrations is possessed by The Walt Disney Company.
The copyright is acknowledged and respected.
I have set up another site on the internet to present rare comic book stories, and I think it is worth a visit. Click here.
Last update: July 13th, 2000