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Preview: Disney’s Four-Color Adventures, vol. 1

Time for some vintage Disney goodness: Disney’s Four-Color Adventures, vol. 1, which came out a few weeks ago from BOOM! Studios, collects all of Dell’s Four Color #4 and #13 (yes, the name of the comic was “Four Color,” I guess because it was published during the Age of Duotone). According to David Gerstein’s very informative introduction, Four Color #4, which was published in 1940, was the first all-color Disney comic in English. In fact, the Donald Duck comics in this book were originally drawn as black and white newspaper strips and were colored when they were rerun in Four Color (which explains why Donald Duck’s coat is black, rather than blue—that’s how artist Al Taliaferro drew it in black and white, Gerstein explains, and the Dell folks decided it would be too much trouble to recolor it).

Each page of this comic includes two vintage gag strips, so there’s a lot of yuks here. Read and enjoy!

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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