Walt Disney's name is synonymous with animation. He professionalized a mere branch of the film industry into a dignified artform. His studios managed to reach a dazzling level which is still the standard all cartoons are judged by until this day. Yet Disney produced more than cartoons alone: he ventured into live-action films, nature documentaries, TV shows, theme parks, truckloads of merchandising and Today his company is the biggest entertainment enterprise on Earth. Disney takes up a special yet strangely contradictive place in the history of comics.
Disney became the proud owner of Marvel Comics in , but the House that the Mouse Built has actually been a comic book powerhouse for quite some time. Witness the long-standing comic magazine that has been accurately billed as. First published in October , this unbeatable cavalcade of Disney comic art has been dancing off newsstands and into the hands of eager readers for seven decades. Comic books, meanwhile, exploded onto the publishing scene in , taking a super-powered leap in popularity with the introduction of Superman in
Mickey Mouse is an American newspaper comic strip by the Walt Disney Company featuring Mickey Mouse , and is the first published example of Disney comics. The strip debuted on January 13, , and ran until July 29, Beginning with the May 5, strip, the art chores were taken up by Floyd Gottfredson often aided by various inkers , who also either wrote or supervised the story continuities relying on various writers to flesh out his plots. Gottfredson continued with the strip until By , the Mickey Mouse strip was published in 60 newspapers in the US, as well as papers in twenty other countries.
Disney comics are comic books and comic strips featuring Disney characters. The first Disney comics were newspaper strips that first appeared in with the exception of Mr. George's Wife , a primitive comic strip by Walt Disney made in the early s. In recent decades, Disney comics have seen a decline of popularity in their country of origin. However, in the rest of the world Disney comics remain very successful, especially in Europe.