In the late ‘90’s, Disney Adventures Magazine presented a monthly array of articles of interest for kids. Each issue also contained a large comics section filled with stories based on then-current Disney shows and movies.
I contributed comic scripts inspired by the animated series, ‘Disney’s Doug’ (The TV show was a continuation of one of the original Nicktoons, Doug, by creator Jim Jinkins for the Nickelodeon cable channel).
All of the Disney Adventures comics have been out of print since their original publication, until now. Fantagraphicshas compiled a selection of that work in a hardback anthology called Disney 1 Saturday Morning Adventures.
Editor David Gerstein was kind enough to send me a copy of the new book, and I turned on the camera for an unboxing vid.
Apologies for the sound, my lapel mike didn’t perform up to par.
Yet another Ed-U-Card game with flip animation on the back. This one, called Easy 3’s, features an eclectic assortment of characters from the King Features Syndicate stable. It has characters from Thimble Theatre, but not Popeye. It has Dagwood, but not Blondie. And the animation stars that peculiar mutant kid, Henry. When I was a kid I thought Henry and Popeye were related because they had similar chins and were similarly homely.
The game itself enjoins players to collect three fragments of each character to form a whole. The instructions call it “A new game of educational fun for children. Helps train powers of observation and relationship needed in developing reading skills.”
Another Ed-U-Card game, with flip animation on the back of the deck. Play-wise, this game (called Casper and his TV Pals) is functionally identical to the Popeye deck, with Harvey Comics characters swapped out to replace the Thimble Theater bunch.
Among the characters selected for use in the game is Little Audrey, who was created by Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios to replace the Little Lulu series. She later starred in a comic book series first published by St. john, and later by Harvey Comics.
Wally Walrus, another character in the Walter Lantz stable, was a comic foil for Woody Woodpecker in that character’s early cartoons, starting in 1944. Typical of the type, he was dim-witted with a short fuse.
Space Mouse was an odd addition to the Walter Lantz roster. Western Publishing, the comic book publisher that licensed the rights to publish comics based on the Walter Lantz properties, wanted to widen their line of Lantz titles, but didn’t see anything suitable after Woody Woodpecker and a couple others among the studio’s cartoon library.