By Chris Sims
One of my favorite comics of the past year hasn’t really been from the past year at all. The new hardcovers from Fantagraphics of Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse strips from the 1930s — which took this year’s Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection — have been an incredible read. Gottfredson is unquestionably a master, and the adventures he crafted for Mickey often put his contemporaries to shame with their thrills, wit and tight plotting.
But bringing those strips for a modern audience isn’t without its challenges, whether it’s presenting Mickey himself as an adventure hero rather than just a comedic funny animal, or in dealing with some of the insensitive racial caricatures that were part and parcel of comics of the time. To find out more, I spoke to editor David Gerstein about his approach to the classic Mickey Mouse strips, as an editor and as a fan.