Thursday, 13 November 2008

Taliaferro panel

This Mickey Mouse panel by Al Taliaferro was sold a few days ago. Anyone who knows which MM sunday this was cut from?
I'd guess it's from the late 30's.

And this beauty was also sold. A Mickey daily by Gottfredson inscribed to Don Ault. How I wish I could have afforded that one. Sigh...


Armando said...

Very interesting! The Taliaferro panel comes from the January 30th, 1938 Mickey Mouse Sunday, but the version reprinted in "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories" #12 (1941) seems to be heavily edited:
Looks like Mickey wasn't allowed to handle a gun any longer...

joakim. said...

Thanks for the info!
That seems to confirm Gottfredsons version about what happened to much of the originals: They were sent to Western publishing for use in the comic books. I guess they were then cut up and thrown away after use. Why, oh, why didn't they send stats instead...

David Gerstein said...

According to Floyd Norman (with whom I chatted about this), it's really an urban legend that the comic strip originals were sent to Western. If they really had been, it stands to reason that there would be no original, uncut dailies left from any of the Mickey stories Western serialized. But a handful of originals do survive from almost every continuity Western used.

Apparently, what actually happened was that Frank Reilly just told everyone one day that all originals prior to a certain year (might have been 1955), which were then being stored in some room, were to be destroyed. Staffers had a few days to dig through them and save whatever they wanted. After those few days were up, sure enough... the remainder bit the bullet.
But quite a number were saved, and it's those that were slowly dispersed and account for the several hundred (or so) on the market today.
The vast majority of originals from after that period still survive at Disney, held in big boxes of more than a hundred apiece.

Now... back to that Taliaferro panel that we're seeing here. Why was it cut out? Maybe because it wasn't used in the final ZM 38-01-30 at all! I'm looking at the strip in its newspaper format now, and the corresponding panel matches WDC&S, not the original at you showed. No gun, Mickey is walking rather than standing still and the crooks are seen from the back, not the front.
Why the change? IMHO, because letting Mickey catch the dropped gun and use it softens the gag. It's funnier to have Mickey subdue the crooks without any weapon at all, entirely due to their misinterpretation of the car's backfiring sound.

So this is really a lost Sunday strip panel! Do we know who won it?