Monday 12 June 2023



This art of the comic-book blog celebrates a comic book title that dominated the 'funnies' section of America's newsstands of the 1940s and '50s: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.

This example, Vol.4 No.9 (published 79 years ago, this month in June 1944!) showcases the work of comic-strip legend Walt Kelly (1913-1973), who would eventually move on from the Mouse Factory to create his own superb and long-running cartoon character, Pogo Possum, who – along with his engaging companions – resides in the Okefenokee Swamp that straddles the Georgia-Florida state-line.

A typical cover of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories featured Mickey Mouse & the Gang, although pretty quickly they were taken over by the Duck and his three troublesome nephews - Huey, Dewey and Louie – invariably giving grief to 'Unca' Donald'.

Here, however, Kelly shows Donald making music with two of Snow White's Seven Dwarfs, Dopey and Happy – the latter playing a double-bass with a Donald-shaped headstock that seems to have a beady eye on his doppelganger!

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