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fter more than eighty years—the complete Silly
Symphony newspaper strips are collected in English for the first time! The artwork for these rare strips has come straight from the Disney vaults, each page meticulously colored using as a guide the original file copies that belonged to Walt Disney himself! This first of four volumes presents
15 THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF SUNDAY COMICS!
all the spectacular Sunday pages featuring Bucky Bug, the
VOL. 1 1932 TO 1935
first Disney character to be originated in newspaper comics, and also includes Donald Duck’s newspaper strip premiere in an adaptation of The Wise Little Hen, plus Max Hare and Toby Tortoise, comic strip versions of Birds in the Spring, Peculiar Penguins, The Robber Kitten, and The Cookie Carnival…plus the “Mickey Mouse Movies” bonus toppers! It’s a symphony of fun and adventure from Disney’s earliest days.
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ART DIRECTOR /CO-DESIGNER COLOR RE-CREATION INTRODUCTION
J. B. KAUFMAN
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ISBN: 978-1-63140-558-7 First Printing, March 2016 Published by: IDW Publishing a Division of Idea and Design Works, LLC 2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego CA 92106 www.idwpublishing.com LibraryofAmericanComics.com Ted Adams, Chief Executive Officer/Publisher Greg Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer/President Robbie Robbins, EVP/Sr. Graphic Artist Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Matthew Ruzicka, CPA, Chief Financial Officer Dirk Wood, VP of Marketing Lorelei Bunjes, VP of Digital Services Jeff Webber, VP of Licensing, Digital and Subsidiary Rights Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development
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BUCKY MAKES HIS NAME
BUGS IN LOVE
January 10 - April 10, 1932 Written by Earl Duvall, drawn by Al Taliaferro and Earl Duvall
August 21 - November 6, 1932 Written by Earl Duvall (and Ted Osborne, October 16), drawn by Al Taliaferro
THE QUEST FOR FORTUNE
WAR WITH THE FLIES
April 17 - June 19, 1932 Written by Earl Duvall, drawn by Al Taliaferro and Earl Duvall
November 13, 1932 - April 16, 1933 Written by Earl Duvall and Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
ADVENTURES IN JUNKVILLE
THE OLD FOLKS’ NEW HOME
June 26 - August 7, 1932 Written by Earl Duvall, drawn by Al Taliaferro and Earl Duvall
April 23 - June 4, 1933 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
INTRODUCING LUCKY BUCKS August 14, 1932 Written by Earl Duvall, drawn by Al Taliaferro and Earl Duvall
June 11 - November 5, 1933 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
RETURN TO JUNKVILLE November 12, 1933 - March 4, 1934 Written by Merrill De Maris, drawn by Al Taliaferro
A NOTE ON SOURCE MATERIAL: The black-and-white artwork in this book was scanned from the Disney Licensed Publishing collection. The color reference material was photographed from original bound volumes at the Walt Disney Archives. Special thanks to: Curt Baker, Ken Shue, Iliana Lopez, Julie Dorris, and Danielle Digrado at Disney Licensed Publishing Becky Cline, Kevin Kern, and Joanna Pratt at the Walt Disney Archives Holly Brobst at the Walt Disney Archives Photo Library
IN MOTHER GOOSE LAND
SILLY SYMPHONIES BIRDS OF A FEATHER
THE BOARDING-SCHOOL MYSTERY
Additional thanks to Germund von Wowern, Sarah Gaydos, Justin Eisinger, Alonzo Simon, Larry Lowery of biglittlebooks.com, and Heritage Auctions.
March 11 - June 17, 1934 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
December 23, 1934 - February 17, 1935 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
All contents, unless otherwise specified, copyright © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The Library of American Comics is a trademark of Library of American Comics, LLC. All rights reserved. Text Introduction © 2016 J. B. Kaufman. With the exception of artwork used for review purposes, none of the comic strips in this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Disney Enterprises, Inc. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Disney Enterprises, Inc. Printed in Korea.
INTRODUCING MICKEY MOUSE MOVIES June 24, 1934
Title page artwork is modified from a 1933 Silly Symphony poster released in France.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: These comic strips were created in an earlier time and may contain cartoon violence and occasional historically-dated content, such as gags about smoking, drinking, gunplay, and racial stereotypes. Needless to say, Bucky Bug and the other characters in these stories wouldn’t mix it up with these elements today; we include them here with the understanding that they reflect a bygone era. Enjoy the show!
Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
February 24 - April 21, 1935 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
July 1 - September 9, 1934 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
April 28 - July 21, 1935 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
THE WISE LITTLE HEN
A NOTE ON COLORING: Sharp-eyed readers may notice some minor color inconsistency in these pages, particularly in the early Bucky Bug strips. We have chosen to present an authentic reproduction of the original comics pages in order to preserve their historic appeal.
September 16 - December 16, 1934 Written by Ted Osborne, drawn by Al Taliaferro
13 • January 10, 1932
14 • January 17, 1932
15 • January 24, 1932
16 • January 31, 1932
17 • February 7, 1932