Walt Dis­ney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: “Outwits the Phan­tom Blot”

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Floyd Got­tfred­son [Fan­ta­graph­ics, $34.99] By Mercedes Mil­li­gan

What is a sum­mer with­out another beau­ti­fully pub­lished col­lec­tion of Floyd Got­tfred­son’s clas­sic Mickey Mouse comics? In the fifth in­stall­ment, Dis­ney’s great­est vil­lain steals the spot­light. Dressed in a ghostly head-to-foot black cloak, the Phan­tom Blot wreaks havoc across Mouse­ton and it’s up to Mickey to stop him. The mag­nif­i­cent mouse also takes on “Mighty Whale­hunter” Pe­g­leg Pete and meets a pow­er­ful ge­nie in this 288-page comics splurge.

In ad­di­tion to lov­ingly re­stored orig­i­nal proof sheets, Vol. 5 also boasts more than 30 pages of ex­tras. Th­ese in­clude rare be­hindthe-scenes art, vin­tage pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial and fas­ci­nat­ing com­men­tary from the who’s-who of Dis­ney schol­ars. The book is edited by Dis­ney his­to­rian David Ger­stein and Gary Groth, so any Dis­neyphile will prob­a­bly learn a thing or two from this throw­back treat.

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