Showing posts with label Floyd Gottfredson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Floyd Gottfredson. Show all posts

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Billy the Mouse

Oh, just a random page of original art I picked up recently. ;)

#floydgottfredson #dickmoores #billwalsh #WCD64 #soincrediblyrare #thisshouldntevenexist

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sleeping Beauties

UPDATE: Just learned that this story and several other WDToCT stories are reprinted in the second Mickey Mouse sundays volume. Check it out HERE.

 While shuffling paper in my archive I found a small set of sunday pages called "Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales". And a treasure they are!
Scripted by Floyd Gottfredson and drawn by Julius Svendsen, the story of Sleeping Beauty ran from August to December 1958.
I checked and it turned out they have never been reprinted in english! So here are a few pages from the end of the story. Enjoy!

BTW: The Treasury of Classic Tales are an overlooked part of the Disney newspaper comics legacy. Spanning from the Robin Hood story drawn by Jesse Marsh (!) in 1952* to early 1987! Art for the first ten years was made by a bunch of really talented guys: Manuel Gonzales, Bill Wright, Ken Hultgren, Floyd Gottfredson, Dick Moores and the above mentioned Marsh & Svendsen! What a line up!

(*There were actually two sunday stories in 1950 and 1951 that usually are sorted as Silly Symphonies, even though the SS sundays had ended years before. I'd say those are "prequels" to the ToCT title. )

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Goofy turns 37

Del Connell and Floyd Gottfredson sure kept track of things.
Like here, when Goofy realizes he forgot his own birthday (May 25) in this daily from May 29, 1969.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Imp Press - Part I

 When a mail from Bill Peckmann appears in the mail box you can be sure there's a link that you will enjoy or a scan of something he found in his collection. And no exception this time.
What we have here is what Bill got from another Bill back in 1972. The other Bill was no one else than Bill Wright. The Disney artist who worked at the comic strip dept for many years and also freelanced drawing many Mickey stories for Western Publishing. 
I have never seen most of this stuff before so I'm sure this will be a treat to all fans of Bill Wright and Disney History. Enjoy!

Here's the front and the back of the work resume. The rest can be found in THIS post from 2007.

More to come...

Monday, 19 November 2012

Mickey Mouse vol 4

Volume 4 of the Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse library is out now.
Do I need to say more?
No, that's what I thought.

But maybe some visuals to wet the appetite, for those of you who have yet to pick it up...?

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Alameda Times-Star, Nov 10, 1937

Got this from Bill Blackbeard many years ago.
An Al Taliaferro drawing from Alameda Times-Star, Nov 10, 1937.
It was reprinted by Gladstone in the 80's and is often credited to Floyd Gottfredson.

How to spot a Mickey drawn by Taliaferro? The easiest way is to check if Mickey is moving like Donald Duck. Then it's Taliaferro behind the pencil. Here are two samples of how he drew characters walking. (Notice the dust clouds.)

Friday, 30 December 2011

Mark O'Polo by Gottfredson

Picked up these items earlier this year.
As some of you might know that legendary Mickey Mouse artist Floyd Gottfredson had plans for another comic strip of his own called Mark O'Polo. He was influenced by E.C. Segars Popeye and probably also by Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon. (Judging by the surviving concepts and plots.)
The lot included the following items: a sketch of the main character Mark O'Polo, a penciled logotype and a five page plot titled "Baby Elephant Baby-Sitter" stuffed in a envelope.

Has anyone ever seen a finished or even pencilled Mark O'Polo daily?

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Mickey for Dawn

Ho! Ho! Ho!
X-mas comes early this year with an unpublished watercolor by Floyd Gottfredson.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Mickey watercolor by Gottfredson

This Floyd Gottfredson drawing of Mickey and Minnie surfaced earlier this year.
Watercolors, besides the ones he did for Willits, are not common to see but apparently he did a few with Mickey and Minnie dancing in various costumes. This one was made for John Mass.

Here's a similar one that I posted back in 2009.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Mickey Mouse - tall and wide

With the reprint boom of classic comic strips there has been some talking among enthusiasts about cut and uncut strips from the 40's. You might know that the strips back then were drawn so that they could be published in two different formats? One tall and one wide.
Unfortunately the most common version seems to be the wide versions. At least when it comes to surviving proofs. Meaning there's not much of an option on which version to use.

But in some cases the full versions exists. Should those be used as is or trimmed down to the wide version? Especially if proofs for the tall versions are available for only a number of weeks in a run of otherwise wide strips.

I've been looking at a lot of Floyd Gottfredson stuff lately and before I give you my personal opinion I'm asking you:
If you have two sets of Mickey Mouse proofs from the period where the strips were drawn for two formats, one tall and one wide, wich one would you go for and why?
I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject. :)

A typical Micky Mouse strip from 1943.

[For more Gottfredson click HERE. ]

Friday, 4 March 2011

Mickey Mouse in Death Valley

It's now just a matter of months until MM "Race to Death Valley" will be realeased.
Fantagraphics has a BLAD for download to wet your appetite.
And check out CBR for some info from Gary Groth by clicking HERE. 
For even MORE info see what David Gerstein has to say on Westfield Comics Blog.
Or ... pre-order from Amazon right away!

Monday, 10 January 2011

? by Gottfredson

Ah! Found the li'l rascal hiding in my drawers.
Here we have the drawing by Floyd Gottfredson I mentioned in the previous post.

I don't know the name of this character. Maybe someone can help out?
This was saved next to a folded Skippy sunday from Sept 1, 1935. That sunday features the character, but not this exact pose.

And speaking of Skippy, the release of Skippy vs the mob seems to be an interesting one! Have to check it out!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Floyd Gottfredson 1942

Another watercolor by Floyd Gottfredson has just surfaced! Appearing in the William Randolph Hearst 1942 Birthday Book along with other artwork by KFS artists, this might be the oldest one of them all.

You want it? It will be up for auction at Heritage Auction Galleries soon.
If no one else bids it can be yours for $4000.
The catalog can be downloaded HERE.
There are plenty of nice items to bid on, if you got a few thousand bucks to spare.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Two Mickeys by Gottfredson

It's been a long time since I posted any "new" Gottfredson watercolor artwork. Since last time two more pieces has turned up. Both small portraits of Mickey and pretty similar. Enjoy!

[If you are aware of any Gottfredson watercolor not featured on this blog or in Willits book, please let me know as I'd love to see them.]

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Floyd Gottfredson Library vol 1

Some great news: The first volume of the Floyd Gottfredson Library, or Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1) as it seems to be titled, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
260 pages and a release date in May 2011.
While the cover design leaves a lot to be desired it sure looks better than the old Gemstone version. But I guess that what we see is a work-in-progress dummy. I'm sure this will be a great book and I'm looking forward to it, and the following volumes!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Who are these people?

It's identification time!
These photos turned up in a flickr gallery a while ago and I guess they come from the collection of Don Ault. (?)
Now, it looks like they were all taken outside the Disney Studios Comic Strip Department. But who are these guys? Who took these photos? (My guess is that they took turns shooting and that they come from one of the artists.) And when? The mid 40's? (And of course, if anyone got these in better resolution that would be fantastic. Images like these can always be used in books and articles on Disney comics history. )

Well, the he first one is actually easy. It's Floyd Gottfredson.

Could this be Dick Moores?

This looks like Al Taliaferro.

Please use the coments field if you got any info on these.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Floyd Gottfredson Library!

Appears that the first five volumes of the Italian Floyd Gottfredson library has hit the stands!

Thanks to Francesco Spreafico who posted this image on the Floyd Gottfredson facebook group! Looks like it's possible to buy them HERE.
So far all of 1936 to 1942 has been reprinted!!!
Now, let's hope other publishers will follow!