Tentacle Tuesday: Squeaks and Quacks From the House of Mouse

Eventually I accumulate enough material that posts bleed into other posts, sort of like a melting blueberry puddle gradually makes it way into the nooks and crannies of every object in its path on the counter (that happened recently, thus the very specific analogy). In this case, the blueberry juice is Uncle Scrooge et al., who have already appeared in Tentacle Tuesday: Duck Feathers!. Today our emphasis is more on Mickey Mouse, but I can’t promise other Disney characters won’t wander in for a cup of tea (or a quick tussle with an octopus).

As a matter of fact, my usual habit of arranging images in chronological order starts this post on a distinctly un-Mickey-like note…

The following sequence is from Ghost of the Grotto (written and illustrated by Carl Barks), published in Four Color no. 159 – Donald Duck in The Ghost of the Grotto (August 1947, Dell). You can read the full issue here.

Okay, I promised Mickey Mouse, so I’d better get back on topic!

Page from The Phantom Ship, scripted by Carl Fallberg and illustrated by Paul Murry; it was published in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories vol. 25 no. 3 (December 1964, Gold Key).

Speaking of the aforementioned Paul Murry – I bet you have never seen an octopus adorned with quite so many bracelets.

Mickey Mouse no. 159 (October 1975, Gold Key). The cover is by Paul Murry.

Now we step into the dubious territory of European Disney comics – don’t forget to read about co-admin RG’s enjoyably scathing views on the subject here.

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge Adventures no. 12 (April 1989, Gladstone). Does anybody recognize the cover artist?

The following story, credited as ‘story and art: the Egmont Group, script: John Cochran, colour: Scott Rockwell’, was published in Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse no. 4 (March 1996, Gladstone). You can read the full issue here.

I’ll wrap up by going back to the top, which is to say finishing on as high a note as this post started on. Carl Barks, ladies and gentlemen!

Wishing you happy undersea adventures… until next Tuesday rolls around!

~ ds

5 thoughts on “Tentacle Tuesday: Squeaks and Quacks From the House of Mouse

  1. Krackles November 23, 2021 / 18:17

    Yes, oh yes! Carl Barks and Floyd Gottfredson, two childhood passions that crossed the dreaded golden age of comics to be cherished well into adulthood.

    I learned to read a bit earlier than kids my age because I wouldn’t wait to read the monstrous Mickey’s table book by Gottfredson that I got as a gift for my birthday. A few months later, as a reward for my efforts, I receive, as a Chritmas present, another table book: Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks. What a joy and what a smart way to have been thus spoiled for life, I can tell you.
    The funny thing is, I didn’t really connect Mickey and Scrooge to Disney until much later… and even after that, the two characters remained closely associated with Mr. Barks and Mr. Gottfredson.

    A rightull reversal of credit if I dare say it.


  2. Krackles November 25, 2021 / 17:09

    Actually, I believe I got the Scrooge book first for my birthday and the Mickey one later for Christmas.
    I can’t believe 50 years have already passed by since… Duh!


  3. Arnaud April 1, 2023 / 23:02

    “Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge Adventures no. 12 (April 1989, Gladstone). Does anybody recognize the cover artist?” -> Daan Jippes !


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