Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Free scans of old comics:  the gift that keeps on giving

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Unified Duck Theory


If I were Don Rosa, here’s how I’d tackle the Life and Times of Donald Duck:

Donald Duck, orphaned at an early age, spent his boyhood on Grandma Duck’s farm just up the road from Mouseton.  Donald looked up to the older kids in town and followed them on their schemes and adventures.  His fear of abandonment, mistrust of authority, and severe anger issues made young Donald something of a nuisance to Mickey, Dippy and the gang, but they allowed him to tag along because they felt sorry for the little guy.  Poor kid couldn’t even express himself intelligibly, so why make things worse for him?  Young Donald also spent a lot of time playing in an abandoned houseboat docked in Mouseton, dreaming of one day joining the Navy, his blue sailor suit a testament to his dreams of travel and adventure.

As a young man, Donald set his sights on the big city.  He scraped up enough cash to rent an apartment in Duckburg and struck out to join the workforce.  Like many young people with a limited education, Donald had a hard time getting started in a career.  He tried his hand at a number of jobs, including fireman, museum guard, and street sweeper, but found himself ill-suited for almost everything he tried.    Speak slower, Mister Duck.  You’re just too angry, Mister Duck.  Frustrated by his lack of financial success, Donald ignored the frequently-dropped hints of wedding bells from his long-suffering girlfriend, Daisy.  Just when he was gathering up the courage to quit the rat race altogether and enlist, the unexpected occurred:  his deadbeat sister entrusted Donald to become guardian to her triplets, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.   Suddenly Donald found himself saddled with the responsibilities of a much older Duck.  Putting his dreams on hold, Donald moved to the suburbs and devoted himself to providing for his newfound family.

The Angry Young Man

One Christmas, Donald and the boys reconnected with their long-lost rich old Uncle Scrooge McDuck.  The old miser took pity on the boys, and sensing his aversion to charity, appointed Donald an all-purpose employee of McDuck Industries.  Donald and the boys soon found themselves accompanying Scrooge on treasure hunts and archaeological digs, spanning the globe in search of fortune.  Donald’s suppressed thirst for adventure and excitement was awakened anew as he threw himself into his new role of bodyguard/sidekick/pilot/driver/comic relief for the old man.  While he had personally never been happier, as a parent Don felt somewhat conflicted.  His boys were getting a world-class education and experiencing the best that life had to offer, but at the end of the day they had to return to their drab old suburban existence.  Surely the boys would be better off living with the old man; they would provide companionship to Scrooge during his twilight years, while in turn the boys would experience luxury and comfort far beyond anything he could give them.   It was settled.  Donald would leave the boys in the care of Uncle Scrooge, while he fulfilled his childhood dream and shipped out with the Navy.


The boys and Uncle Scrooge continued having adventures while Donald went on to a long and distinguished Naval career.  Donald even joined his childhood pal Mickey Mouse in filming wartime propaganda for bigshot Hollywood director Walt Disney.  Donald retired with his military pension and moved back to Duckburg, where he lived the remainder of his days surrounded by friends and family.  And also he was a superhero.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Taste the Magic

Ads for Disney Frozen Treats, circa 1987

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mint Cars

As seen in the Previews catalog, Cars Be@rbricks.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sterling's right

Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

You taught me everything about a poison apple.

Fan art from Comic Book Resources' The Line It Is Drawn
by Nick Perks

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Put down the candy, it's Christmas time b**ches!  Let's kick things off right with this look at the origins of my favorite holiday special, Mickey's Christmas Carol.

One of the inspirations for Mickey's Christmas Carol

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Corporate Synergy

Hey, did you guys know that in addition to being a blatant knock-off of Fables, ABC's Once Upon a Time is totally based on the Disney versions of fairy tale characters? It's true! Check out Jiminy Cricket:

In the pilot episode one of the dwarves was even named Doc!  So if you were as put off by the first episode as I was, just tell yourself you're watching a really long episode of House of Mouse and it'll be OK.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fathers, be good to your daughters

Only six more days til Halloween!  Time to put the finishing touches on your "sexy" princess costume!  

Girl Power!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Black Parade

Only 10 More Days Til Halloween

Bring on the "sexy" Minnie Mouse costumes!

Up next:  Uncomfortable Winnie-The-Pooh Costumes

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Town

Man, Disney History is killing it with the nightmarish Disney costumes lately.  For example:

Learn about the context behind these photos here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Inane Clown Posse

Circuses: How Do They Work?

We All Float Down Here

Friday, September 30, 2011

See You In Hell

Dr. Frankenstein's website is here.

Like I Give-A-Show.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nightmare Fuel

Disney History ensures I won't be able to sleep tonight with these vintage photographs: