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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

COMPLETE STORIES

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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CONTENTS

THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS EDITOR /CO-DESIGNER

DEAN MULLANEY

ART DIRECTOR /CO-DESIGNER COLOR RE-CREATION INTRODUCTION

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

LORRAINE TURNER

DIGIKORE STUDIOS

J. B. KAUFMAN

SCANNING

PUBLISHED BY

BRUCE CANWELL

CONSULTING EDITOR DAVID

GERSTEIN

BUCKY BUG

REBEKAH CAHALIN

TED ADAMS

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

ROBBER KITTEN

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

PENGUIN ISLE

COOKIELAND

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


Silly Symphonies, Vol. 1: The Complete Disney Classics—SPOTLIGHT