Fantagraphics 2021 Q1 Disney Books Revealed

2020 is half way over *thank goodness*, but we still have some great Fantagraphics Disney Book releases coming this year:

Disney Masters

Disney Masters Vol. 12: Donald Duck: The Forgetful Hero (7/14)

Disney Masters Vol. 13: Mickey Mouse: The Sunken City (8/11)

Disney Masters Vol. 14: Donald Duck: Follow the Fearless Leader (9/22)

Disney Masters Vol. 9-10 Box Set (10/20)

Disney Masters Vol. 11-12 Box Set (10/20)

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 23: Under the Polar Ice (9/8)

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Box Set (Vol. 18 and Vol. 19) (9/8)

Mickey’s All Stars

Mickey’s All Stars (10/13)

Coming in 2021!

Titles and cover art for three of the Fantagraphics 2021 Disney Book Releases have recently been revealed.

Disney Masters Vol. 15: Mickey Mouse: New Adventures of the Phantom Blot (1/26)

Product Description

Disney’s infamous inky bad guy was the first Mouseverse villain to get his own comic book; by popular demand, the whole Silver Age series is collected in one volume!

The Phantom Blot – a power-crazed supervillain in a ghostly black cloak –  is on the loose, and Mickey, Donald, and Uncle Scrooge must assemble to stop him! From terrifying time travel to usurping “The Crown of Tasbah,” the Blot will stop at nothing to turn the world upside down! Classic Disney artist Paul Murry teamed with writers Del Connell and Bob Ogle to create seven comic book issues starring The Blot. In the process, they introduced Goofy’s new secret identity: Super Goof! Will the Blot move too fast for all our heroes? With allies like Mad Madam Mim, the Beagle Boys, and “The Mysterious Mr. X?” He just might! Full-color illustrations throughout.

About the Author

Paul Murry (1911–1989) was a Disney comic book artist who most notably worked on the Mickey Mouse serials of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s for Dell Publishing and Gold Key Comics. Previously, he worked as an assistant at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he contributed to projects such as Pinocchio and Dumbo, among others. He also made a name for himself as a gag cartoonist and illustrated a number of Woody Woodpecker comic books.

Del Connell (1918-2011) was a Disney animator/prolific licensed property comics artist for the publisher Dell/Western/Gold Key. He won the Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Writing in 2011.

Robert “Bob” Allen Ogle (1926-1984) was a Californian who primarily worked in animation as a voice actor, writer, and artist.

The Complete Carl Barks Vol. 24: Island in the Sky (2/23)

Product Description

In this collection of internationally acclaimed Duck comics, Uncle Scrooge has adventures in outer space and on the high seas!

When Uncle Scrooge decides to seek out a safe new place to store his money, he sets his sights on an asteroid. But the asteroid he chooses holds a secret that he wasn’t counting on! Then, the Beagle Boys construct an unstoppable mechanical behemoth to crack open Scrooge’s Money Bin and steal all his cash in “The Paul Bunyan Machine.” And, in “All at Sea,” Scrooge, Donald, and the nephews set sail on a windjammer to collect $10 million in gold – but there be pirates on the high seas! Plus: the oddball inventions of the ever-eccentric Gyro Gearloose! Each page of these collections is meticulously restored and newly colored, with insightful story notes by an international panel of Barks experts. Full-color illustrations throughout.

Disney Masters Vol. 16: Donald Duck: Jumpin’ Jupiter! (3/30)

Product Description

Fantagraphics continues to bring internationally beloved Disney Duck comics to the English-speaking world – this volume highlights Bottaro’s Rebo, sci-fi bad guy!

If you were Donald Duck, and the raging King Rebo of Saturn attacked your town – would you hire Rebo’s enemies from Jupiter to defend you? What if, as payment, the Jovians wanted to eat your rich Uncle Scrooge’s money? And what happens when Daisy joins the intergalactic battle? Italian Luciano Bottaro spun wild, thrilling, and near-psychedelic Duckburg tales for decades! This volume also features “Quest for the Virtual Duck,” as well as another story in which Dr. Zantaf – Scrooge’s and Donald’s mad scientist foe from Earth – returns! Full-color illustrations throughout.

About the Author

Luciano Bottaro (1931–2006) was an Italian comic book artist whose style was appreciated across Europe.

There will no doubt be more Fantagraphics Disney releases next year, but these three books tentatively scheduled for release in quarter 1 of 2021 definitely gives us something to look forward to next year.

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