Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mickey Mouse Weekly #584 from England - July 21st, 1951

The wait is over, issue #584 begins our Alice in Wonderland serialization, and less than a week before the world premiere in London!
I love the little Alice inset on the front cover, I may have to steal this for something.
And as promised in previous issues, the first of the Alice in Wonderland painting competitions - now retitled colouring competition (those brits and their superfluous U's).  Splendid cash prizes indeed!
And last but not least, chapter one of the serialization, where Alice, Dinah, and her sister rest under a tree before Alice is captivated by a passing White Rabbit!
Major pointed out that I have been remiss in my postings. Some details on the art in the adaptation. The art is painted, by a gentleman named Ronald Neilson from England. To the best of my knowledge, the art was created for this publication, but I do know that the art was reprinted at one time in Turkey of all places. For details on this comic, or any other comic for that matter, you should visit the Disney Comics Database, listed in my sidebar. A vast resource maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers all over the world.


Major Pepperidge said...

It's interesting that the backgrounds are nicely rendered in a painterly style, instead of the usual flat comic book style.

Do you know if the artwork was unique to this English series? In other words, was it ever used elsewhere?

Matt said...

According to the Disney Comics Database (INDUCKS), the artist is an Englishman named Ronald Neilson, and the art is indeed painted. The art for all these MMW issues were reprinted in Turkish editions, of which I have only seen pictures, but a full set was up for auction on a Turkish site last year for a ridiculous amount of money, and didn't sell.

orca said...

Awesome, look forward to seeing the rest of the pages!

Magic Emperor said...
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Magic Emperor said...

[My old comment was accidentally deleted. Here it is.]

Those donkeys in the Donald/Goofy comic were provided by the Coachman, from Pinocchio.

Coachman: "Come and buy me donkeys! They'll work in th' salt mines or what have ya. They'll cry 'cause they'll never see their mamas again, but give a boy enough rope, and he'll soon make a jackass of himself! Yes, chaps, these are real donkeys, and they never come back... as BOYS!" *demonic grin*

But I digress.

I love the art style in this comic. The backgrounds are especially lovely. :) They just don't make 'em like they used to. Even though I'm way too young to remember "used to."

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