Two years ago, THIS COMIC was on sale… Then, there were no more!
As it’s been TWO YEARS (or, one year after THIS ), I’m now convinced that it IS “The End” for the “Core Four” classic character titles, MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and the venerable WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.
I’ve said in other posts: “if ‘the right people’ at Disney wanted it to happen, it would be so. And, two years would be more than sufficient time for that to occur.”
Knowing in advance that # 720 was to be the last issue of WDC&S, it was bittersweet for me to consider that I (of ALL the people on our ever-rotating earth) would be writing the last original line of dialogue for a comic book that has endured since 1940 (!), and done so for 720 issues!
…So, I wanted that issue to have A LINE TO GO OUT ON that would create that same bittersweet feeling in others who’d spent a lifetime reading WDC&S as I did. A sadness over its (now, seemingly permanent) ending, and a simultaneously appreciative - and GOOD - feeling for the decades of fun and wonder the title gave us.
|A page from "The Treasure of Marco Topo" (WDC&S # 720)|
The line belonged to Mickey Mouse and, in context, he was “toasting” the conclusion of an adventure that included virtually all of the Disney comic book gang (oddly, sans Donald Duck and his nephews) but, in the greater sense, he was toasting the entirety of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES and the wonderful denizens found therein:
“Here’s to the greatest bunch of characters I know!”
Despite a greater fondness for other scripts (as a whole) that I’ve been privileged to produce for these comics, this single line of dialogue – alas, the final one I wrote – remains my favorite of them all.
|Mickey says to CHEER UP, look down, and see the great stuff below!|
Yet, all is not lost! Fantagraphics is doing magnificent work with Mickey, Donald, and Scrooge -- and we can continue to enjoy them in a series of superbly crafted hardcover volumes – until the unlikely day we see regular “Core Four” Disney character comic books again.
...And is anything next?