Saturday, September 7, 2013

Disneyland Comics

I recently picked-up a couple of Disneyland related comic books on eBay. Disneyland U.S.A 1960 and Disneyland Birthday Party 1958.

Disneyland Birthday Party follows the format of Mickey Mouse taking his nephews and Huey, Dewey and Louie on a tour of the different lands of Disneyland. These single-page lead-ins then followed by a full story loosely based around each land (Tomorrowland, Adventureland, etc.). The inside front cover and back cover contain black and white photos of early Disneyland.

Disneyland U.S.A. has Tinker Bell as our guide thru, as she puts it, "this Enchanted Kingdom". Each of the comic stories has a Disney character on an adventure based around a Disneyland attraction. Donald is the Captain of the Columbia; Mickey Mouse scales the Matterhorn and Daisy and other female characters go on "The Scary All-Girl Safari". No photos in this issue, but there are some great puzzles in the back.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tiki Turns 50 Postcards

I just got back from a recent trip to Disneyland. The only new postcards available are part of the set of eight cards created by SHAG for the Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary. I always enjoy it when SHAG produces new artwork for Disney. But, I think Disney went a little cheap on this set. Prior postcard sets were sold in tins. This one is sold in a paper sleeve.

You can see the other seven cards here.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Call Of The Wild

The guys over at Fantagraphics have published another collection of Mickey Mouse daily comics - "Mickey Mouse: Call Of The Wild" (hardback; 280 pgs). This is the fifth volume in the series and the first one to feature the color Sunday strips.

The strips run from 1932 - 1935. We get introduced to Mickey's nephews, Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse. (Who know their last name was Fieldmouse.) While not quite as popular as Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Morty and Ferdie's antics make Bart Simpson look like a saint. Also, during this early era, Goofy is still referred to as Dippy.

A fantastic series. If you haven't already picked them up, jump on board before it's too late.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th

Keep it safe and sane.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Save The Date Postcard Set

I'd completely forgotten that this set of postcards was produced until I stumbled upon it on eBay.

Just before the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista St. in California Adventure, the Disneyland Special Events Department sent out a postcard folder to members of the press alerting them about the upcoming event.

The accordion style folder contains 18 different images from California Adventure, Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel. Each of the images is done in the style of the posters that are seen around both parks.  Not all of the images are from the grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista St. The folder also points out any new attraction from 2008-2012.

It just goes to show you, that you find the best stuff when you're not looking.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Magic Kingdom Treasures

I picked up "Tomart's DISNEYANA Collector's Guide to Magic Kingdom Treasures Including Disney Dollars Price Guide". (Paperback; 80 pgs).

First off, I take the values within price guides with a grain of salt. Considering how long it takes for a book to go to press and then factor in a sporadic economy, which in turn affects the collectibles market, and we end up with a book whose values don't mean that much.

Now, on to the book itself.

I can't believe it's taken somebody this long to put together a Disneyana book devoted to theme park merchandise. When I first saw that it was available, my immediate reaction was "It's About Time!".

Is the book complete, meaning it contains everything sold in the Parks in the last 60 years?  No, not by a long shot. When you consider that the Nickel Tour is almost 385 pages and it doesn't contain photos of every postcard, and Tomart's own Disneyana Pin Guide comes in at 175 pages, it would take volumes of books to represent everything sold in the Parks.

But, don't get me wrong. This book is freakin' awesome!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Me And My Collection

I did a presentation recently on Disneyana collecting. Here's a picture of me with some of my books.