Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mickey Mouse Sunday Comic Strip

This is a Sunday rough and final for a Mickey Mouse comic strip from 1973. Del Connell did the writing and rough, while Manuel Gonzales drew the final. Connell is a Disney veteran who wrote The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland and Ben and Me, as well as several Disney comic books. Gonzales drew the Mickey Mouse Sunday strips from 1938 to 1981. He worked on most if not all of the Disney comic strip adaptations.


  1. It's nice to see the work of both Del Connell and Manny Gonzles. I saw their work often when working in Disney's Publishing department.

  2. Wow, I'm surpriced to see how much more life Del Connell's sketch has than Gonzales' finished version. I generally really like Manuel Gonzales, but Connell's sketch lines makes the strip a lot funnier in my eyes. Mickey's facial expression in panel 4, where he puts the coin in and glances guiltily sideways at the audience, is much better in the sketch. Connell actually captures two moods in one: Mickey not only looks slightly embarrased, but also gleefully expectant of his coming fortune note.

    Also, for some reason, I think Connell's version of the panel where Minnie hits Mickey is better composed and puts the humor across more clearly. Maybe it's partly the fact that Connell lets Minnie hit Mickey with a fist - it makes the punch look that much more violent and beautifully underlines the irony in her line: "I prefer the GENTLE type!" And even Mickey's body reaction makes him look more hurt. Gonzales is good, but here he hasn't captured the energy of the original sketch.