Monday, February 28, 2011

Meanwhile, in Riverdale...

Archie-esque teenage ducks by Tony Strobl, from "This Is Your Life, Donald Duck."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Happiest Rejection On Earth

Click on over to Letters of Note to see a Disney rejection letter to Tim Burton, age 18.

via i09

Gosh, he's handsome

Yet another bootleg Donald, Plato Platypus:

At least this Mort wears pants...

For comparison's sake, here's a real platypus (sans pants):


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dip Stick

Think Howard The Duck was Marvel's first bootleg Donald? Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Dippy Duck!

Dippy Duck was written by none other than Stan The Man Lee, and drawn by Joe Maneely.

I'm pretty sure Dippy Duck has some form of brain damage.

Dippy Duck is notable for being the final comic to feature the Atlas globe logo. It's a fun little bit of Marvel history.

He's also kind of a jerk.

If you really want to read more, the comic is available out there on the Interwebs.

Aside from the fact that he wears a bow tie and no pants, he's not all that similar to Donald.  Dippy wouldn't last two minutes on the mean streets of Duckburg.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Model Home

Sometimes the Internet shows you something that perfectly aligns with your interests, something that you had no idea even existed but you desperately need. Suddenly, a gaping hole exists in your life; a hole that can only be filled by haunting Ebay and garage sales until that item is finally in your possession. Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you

How great are these??? The same company made Pirates of the Caribbean kits as well. These would look great on the shelf next to my Polar Lights Batman and Munsters models.

Thanks to Jon's Random Acts Of Geekery for the pics.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Good Clean Fun For Every Youngster

King Size Latex Toys!  They bend, lean, and tilt!
Advertisement from Thirteen Going On Eighteen #7, Dell Comics, 1963

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I am in favor of this practice- I once wore a tie to Disney, and even the cast members looked at me like I was some kind of mutant.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I don't much about art, but

Sekvenskonst sets out to uncover the naked truth about a bizarre art scam involving dirty Disney pictures.

EDIT:  More information can be found here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Comic Shop News

And, of course, the Complete Carl Barks collection from Fantagraphics is chugging right along. Here's an interview with Rich Tommaso on re-coloring the classics.

Three Amigos

EPCOT Center was a pleasant surprise for me during my last trip to Walt Disney World. I remembered EPCOT as being purely educational and, therefore, purely boring. It turns out that Journey Into Imagination has been completely retooled (and features Eric Idle!), the aquarium is now an aquarium starring the characters from Finding Nemo, and the El Rio del Tiempo boat ride is now the Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros!

It's not the World's most exciting ride, but the animation was funny, and I loved the Small World kids bashing around a Donald pinata (conveniently for sale in the gift shop!).  If you're a fan of the cartoon (and really, who isn't?), it's definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This is the greatest thing ever:  Scanlations of Paperinik New Adventures.

I've been dying to read these comics for years.  I hope Boom! or Marvel or somebody eventually puts out official translations of this stuff (and Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine!), because it's a blast.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dell Tron 3030

I am floored by the number of Disney comics Dell put out in the 1950s and 60s under the "Dell Four Color" title. I'm not just talking about the familiar stuff like Uncle $crooge, and Mickey Mouse, here; I'm talking Nikki Wild Dog of the North and Beaver Valley.  Check out what you get when you search Cover Browser for "Dell Disney":

(I'm not sure if these last two are actually part of the Four Color series, but you get the idea)

And this isn't even scratching the surface!   A guy could collect Dell Disney comics for his entire life and still not come close to a complete set.

In today's world where the top-selling comic of 2009 moves 193,000 units, it's astonishing to think that the Dell titles sold in the millions, with Four Color coming out multiple times a week!  Funny books are a funny business.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Super Fan

Disney animators love Superman just as much as you do, Fanboy.

Secret Origins

The origin of Donald Duck's sailor hat at last, revealed!

Dell Comics, 1960

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hipster Little Mermaid

Here's something amazing I pilfered from Tumblr blogs like This Is Just Great, Phantasmagoria Oddities, and, of course, Fuck Yeah Hipster Arial:


I love this meme. Thanks, Tumblr!