Thursday, April 3, 2008


Like many readers, I'm a big fan of Didier Ghez's WALT"S PEOPLE books, they are not only a fascinating read but very inspiring. In volume 2, there is a great interview with Floyd Gottfredson by Arn Saba in which Floyd mentions his preference for the later Mickey strips.

I can see his point in terms of style and streamlining, but there really is a charm in the Mickey strips of the 30s. Part of it for me is how the drawings really reflect stylistically on what was happening in the shorts at the time, and when you come right down to it, Mickey really is the perfect graphic design. Unmistakable in any way.

Let me know if you like seeing these strips, I have about 100 of them, maybe I can post one each week.


Didier Ghez said...

Mark: I LOVE those and for some reason they never seem to have been collected in book form. I would really, really enjoy to see more of them.

Mark Sonntag said...

Didier: I've often wondered that myself, I think in keeping with the Sunday idea, I'll post one every Sunday.

David said...

By chance do you have copies of the Snow White Sunday pages? Being a Hank Porter fan I'd love to see some of those.

Mark Sonntag said...

Unfortunately no, I had the chance to buy the whole run a year ago but passed. One of those decisions you end up kicking yourself over. You can find it reprinted in DISNEY COMICS: THE CLASSICS COLLECTION published in 2006.

Anonymous said...

You have the original newspaper clippings??

Great post! I love the Mickey of the 30's more than the latter actually.

Visually and personality wise he's better, in my eyes. Floyd's strip is really under appreciated.

People would say Barks Donald strip is better, but visually, I prefer Floyd's. There's much more life in the drawings and much more detail in the backgrounds as well!

Thanks for this post! ANd yes.. more please! :)