Comic Review: Mickey Mouse #Issue 11

This issue contains three stories covering sixty plus years of everybody’s favorite mouse. In the first story, Mikey and Goofy have taken to the high seas trying to rescue Mikey’s archeologist friend Eurasia. This originally appeared in Italy in 2005. The Italians do love their comics. It shows with Giorgio Cavazzano’s art which gorgeous. Mickey, Goofy, and Eurasia take on a mad scientist bent on taken over the world. The scientist has an army of purple goons and a giant robot. The story is fun and filled with adventure. Just not sure how much today’s younger reader would appreciate it. Indeed some of the references like “Goodnight Gracie” will fly over their heads. This might make for a more nostalgic read.

Mickey Mouse #Issue 11

The second story features Goofy and his bird friend Ellsworth. Ellsworth is a fairly forgotten character these days. He’s kind of a tough guy bird with a heart of gold or at least silver. Think Jimmy Cagney as this was written in the 50s. In this filler feature, he is protecting a nest of baby birds from a cat. Once again the art is glorious as this is from back in the days when papers seemed to care about Sunday comics and didn’t shrink them. The story though will appeal more to older readers than younger. Still it’s a sweet, easy read.

The third story, once again stars Mickey and Goofy, this one from Brazilian Mickey in 1981. This is a jungle romp with Mickey’s futuristic friend Eega Beeva and his pet Pflip and a magic fountain of legend. The “bad guys” are a bunch of elves called the Gneezle Gnob who are just trying to protect their land. The story has a quirky “Little Abner” feel. Using phrasing like “Hankering,” “Keen” and “Pardon my Presumption” could be confusing to today’s younger reader but once again an enjoyable look at Mickey for older readers.

Summary: a fun glimpse of Mickey and company through the decades. The character has been drawn remained remarkably constant which says something for the enduring feel and appeal of the world’s most famous mouse.

Publisher: IDW
Story 1: Shadow of the Colossus (2/2)
Writer: Andrea Castellan
Artist: Giorgio Cavazzano
From Italian Topolino 2005

Story 2: Cat Crusader
Writer: Bill Walsh
Artist: Manuel Gonzales
From: Mickey Mouse Sunday comic 1951

Story 3: Second Childhood at Gneezle Gnob
Writer: Ivan Saidenberg
Artist Roberto O. Fukue
From Brazilian Mickey 348, 1981

John Zakour
John Zakour
John Zakour is a humor / sf/ fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousands of gags for syndicated comics, comedians and TV shows (including: Rugrats, The tonight show and, Joan River's old TV show.) John has written seven humorous SF novels for Daw books (the first The Plutonium Blonde was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction). John has also written three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML. John has also optioned two TV shows and three movies. John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria’s Day for Universal Press and has a regular following with over 100,000 readers. John currently writes Bart Simpsons comics for Bongo comics. Spacerun, a video game John wrote the story to recently passed 100,000 sales. In the 80s and 90s John was a computer programmer and web guru for Cornell University and was also an EMT and judo instructor.