Fantagraphics Disney Masters Vol 17 and 18 Revealed

More fantastic Fantagraphics Disney Masters volumes have shown up on Amazon to preorder with tentative 2021 Q2 and Q3 release dates. Release Dates subject to change.

Previously announced Fantagraphics Disney Master volumes for early 2021 releases include:

Preorder: Disney Masters Vol. 15: Mickey Mouse: New Adventures of the Phantom Blot

Release Date January 12, 2021

Preorder: Disney Masters Vol. 16: Donald Duck: Jumpin’ Jupiter!

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Here is what we have to look forward to with Vol 17 and 18:

Disney Masters Vol. 17: Mickey Mouse: The Man from Altacraz

Preorder: Disney Masters Vol. 17: Mickey Mouse: The Man from Altacraz

Release Date: May 25, 2021

Product Description

Mickey Mouse and Uncle Scrooge tackle crafty ― and not-so-crafty ― crooks in adventures in these comics stories by legendary Italian “Maestro” Romano Scarpa!
In “The Man from Altacraz,” Mickey tries to reform musical ex-convict J. Cobalt Bloogle ― but another master criminal is using both Bloogle and Mickey to get his hands on a priceless treasure! Then, in “The African Queen,” Goofy falls in love with Zenobia, ruler of a lost jungle kingdom… and Mickey’s troubles are only getting started!

When Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson stopped creating new Mickey Mouse adventure serials in 1955, Italian Disney cartoonist Romano Scarpa (1927-2005) picked up the Mickey mantle ― telling decades’ worth of legendary tales himself! Now Fantagraphics is anthologizing Scarpa’s best ― and beyond this book’s Mickey tales, we’re also including Scrooge McDuck versus the Beagle Boys in “Risky Bees-Ness”… the tale of a sting gone wrong!

About the Author

Romano Scarpa (1927–2005) trained as a fine artist and an architect. He left his own animation studio in 1953 to draw original comics stories for Walt Disney’s Italian publisher. He is most famous for his stories starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Snow White. 

Born in Palmanova, Rodolfo Cimino (1927-2012) assisted Romano Scarpa and, in 1961, Cimino became a Disney comics writer. After a departure in the 1970s and ’80s to serve in politics – at one point, he was the Vice President of the Venice province ― Cimino returned to Disney, focusing on Scrooge stories.

ALBERTO BECATTINI is an Italian high school teacher, comics historian, translator, and the author of 2016’s Disney Comics: The Whole Story.

BYRON ERICKSON is a comic writer and editor. Erickson began working on Disney comics in the 1980s at Gladstone Publishing and later was the Creative Leader for Disney’s Danish publisher, Egmont.

THAD KOMOROWSKI is a digital restoration artist, translator, and the author of Sick Little Monkeys: The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story.

JOE TORCIVIA is a comics scholar and Disney comics writer and translator.

Disney Masters Vol. 18: Uncle Scrooge: Pie in the Sky

Preorder: Disney Masters Vol. 18: Uncle Scrooge: Pie in the Sky

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Product Description

Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck battle old foes and ancient curses in wild comics adventures by fan-favorite artist William Van Horn!Scrooge McDuck is an ace treasure hunter, but is he a flying ace? When Scrooge enters the infamous Flitterwobble Airplane Show as a stunt pilot, he ends up defending his life, his rep ― and his priceless antique Sopwith Two-Seater plane from the bombastic Baron Von Strudel!

Canadian Disney Comics writer/artist William Van Horn has been a beloved Donald and Uncle Scrooge talent since 1987 ― but only his DuckTales stories have been anthologized in modern times. By popular demand, this volume begins a comprehensive collection of his Uncle Scrooge and Donald adventures!

And “Pie in the Sky” is just the start. In “The Amazon Queen,” Scrooge sells a cursed necklace to a fellow treasure collector ― and assigns Donald to deliver it! And then in “Another Vine Mess,” Donald’s nephews’ purchase of a rare Patagonian Wirevine causes the house to be overrun by ferocious, duck-destroying greenery! Full-color illustrations throughout.

About the Author

WILLIAM VAN HORN is an animator and cartoonist. He was a frequent contributor to the Fantagraphics anthology Critters and, in the late 1980s, began creating comics for Disney, where he has produced hundreds of Duck comics.

JOHN LUSTIG has been scripting Disney comics since 1977. Lustig has also been published by Marvel, Viz, and more.

BILL RILING is a comics and animation artist and writer. In addition to his contribution to Disney comics, Riling has spent the last 16 years as a story artist for DreamWorks.

David Gerstein is a comic book writer/editor and animation historian specializing in the Disney Standard Characters. His books include Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse and Walt Disney Treasures―Disney Comics: 70 Years of Innovation. He lives in New York City, NY.

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8 comments

    • So, if I understand U correctly, there will be some (considerable?) overlap/duplication with stories that already appeared in the Gladstone large-format 4-vol.”U. SCROOGE ADVENTURES IN COLOUR by William van Horn” in 1998?? __________________________________________________________________________________________

      For example, “The Amazon Queen,” and “Another Vine Mess” appeared in vol. 3 and 4 of above series…

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      • Ummmm…
        I think all of us duck/Disney fans are well aware that the “Disney Masters” series reprints previous material from comics and other publications.
        As I already own GLADSTONE PUBLISHING’s 4-volume ”UNCLE SCROOGE ADVENTURES IN COLOUR by William van Horn”, the hi-quality magazine-size series published in 1998, I was specifically wondering to what extent Disney Masters Vol. 18’s contents overlap w. the aforementioned 4-vol. series’ content…..

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      • Here is what we found out from David Gerstein: In essence: DM 18 will contain “everything Disney” done by Van Horn from 1987-1990 *except* DuckTales stories. It WILL, however, include some Donald stories without Scrooge that were left out of the US Advs in Color albums, so this will be the first anthology ever for some of those. The remainder of the Disney Van Horn DuckTales stories are included in IDW’s DuckTales comics Vol. 1. So if you have Disney Masters volume 18 and DuckTales vol. 1 then you would have the complete Van Horn Disney comics collection.

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