Thursday, August 22, 2019

Moby Duck

I read Moby Dick for the first time not long ago, and it took me seven months to finish it.  That's a long time.  With school just around the corner, some of the young people may be thinking, "Couldn't I just read the Donald Duck version (a mere 77 illustrated pages) instead?"

As a service to the Youth of America, I have compiled a list of things not to include in your book report on Melville's classic novel.

1.  Any of these character names:

None of these are right, a sure tell that you didn't read the book.

2.  There is sadly no giant squid in Moby Dick.

Not even a tiny squid.

3.  There are no pirates in Moby Dick.

You'd think there would be at least a couple pirates, but no.

3.  The whale never eats anybody

At least not on purpose.

4.  Nobody lives in Moby Dick's belly and also there is no treasure contained within

and you can't escape by lighting a fire and making him sneeze.

You're thinking of Monstro, you idiot.

Everything else is spot on, especially the part where Magica DeSpell curses the boat.

You're welcome.

Moby Dick starring Donald Duck
script by Francesco Artibani
(amazing!) art by Paolo Mottura
colors by Mirka Andolfo
Translation by Erin Brady
Letting by Comicraft

Dark Horse Books 2018

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Burn Baby Burn

The best damn Disney comics blog period, Duck Comics Revue, recently took a deep dive into the very strange Mickey's Inferno by Guido Martina and Angelo Bioletti, exploring its history as a very early Italian Disney comic and examining its relation to the source material by Dante Alighieri.  But is it weird?

It's pretty f**kin weird.

My library's copy has its own "Abandon Hope" message to the reader:

"Adult Collection" is right.  Look at these friggin harpies.

Nightmare Fuel

Thrill as beloved children's character Goofy gets cooked alive!

Tastes like chicken

Is it safe?

Oh hey, it's Mickey's pal Eega Beeva in the section where they torture the fortune tellers and diviners. Bet ya didn't see that one pcoming!

Watch as Old Dogface Man gets comically disemboweled!

This comic is GREAT.  I have the Papercutz promo minicomic that they gave away at Halloween; these pictures are from the full Papercutz edition.  Duck Comics Revue looks at the abbreviated version that ran in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #666 (seriously!).  Any and all versions of this story are well worth tracking down, especially if you like seeing beloved Disney characters in bizarre and violent scenarios, and come on, who doesn't.

Hell, boy.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

When I first started this blog wayyyy back in 2009, my main goal was to learn more about Disney comics, particularly the stuff I didn't get to see as a kid.

One of the most fascinating areas of study was the ill-fated Disney Comics line.  In the early days of Disney Weirdness I would have killed for an in-depth examination like this one from Dan Cunningham.  It's a long post-mortem on what went wrong and what could have been, with additional context about the comics market of the early 90's boom and bust.  Highest possible recommendation, go read it!