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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Volume 1 : Race to Death Valley HC

Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero whose greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century — Floyd Gottfredson.

Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse was a rip-roaring serial: the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time, a trendsetting adventure continuity aimed at both kids and grown-ups, and the foundation on which all later Disney comics grew. But the whole strip has never been comprehensively collected in English — until now!

Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring this classic Disney creation to a 21st century audience in its entirety, starting from the strip’s 1930 launch. The premiere volume features a dozen different adventures starring Mickey, his gal Minnie and her Uncle Mortimer, his pals Horace Horsecollar and Butch, the villainous Pegleg Pete, and the mysterious and shrouded Fox.

Gottfredson’s vibrant visual storytelling has never been more beautifully reproduced, with each daily lovingly restored from Disney’s original negatives and proof sheets. “Race to Death Valley” also includes more than 50 pages of fascinating supplementary features, including commentary and historical essays, rare behind-the-scenes art and vintage publicity material from the first two years of the strip.

Written and illustrated by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth, designed by Jacob Covey and with essays by Warren Spector, Floyd Norman, Thomas Andrae and David Gerstein.

Fantagraphics, hardback, 260 pages, published April 2011

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