THE DISNEY PAGES

gersteinbook.jpgOur friend David Gerstein has been hard at work for many months compiling a new book for Gemstone that, I will tell you now, is a must-have. Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse, doesn’t immediately sound (by its title) like the major historical resource it is. But believe me, you want this book.The main feature of the 360-page full color tome is the 123 lavish studio-produced “Disney pages” originally published in Good Housekeeping magazine between 1934 and 1944. This alone is worth the price of the book. But David has added much more background information and “bonus material” to each piece, including never-before-reprinted Disney Sunday strips by Floyd Gottfredson, rare comic art by Walt Kelly, Al Taliaferro, and Daan Jippes; gag cartoons and text features from Mickey Mouse Magazine, Mickey Mouse Weekly, and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories; photos of Disney toys and games from the period; and rare animation sketches by Carl Barks, Albert Hurter, and others. David explains the genesis of each of these Disney Pages, and explains why there is more there than meets the eye.The book will be published in November and will retail for $29.95. Highly Recommended!