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Le journal de mickey

The premier postwar issue circa 1952

Le Journal de Mickey is a French weekly comics magazine established in 1934 and currently published by Disney Hachette Presse. It is centered around the adventures of Mickey Mouse and other Disney figures but contains also other comics. It is credited with "the birth of the modern bande dessinée". It is now the most popular French weekly magazine for children between 8 and 13 years old.


Paul Winckler, owner of the Opera Mundi syndicate, distributed the comics from King Features Syndicate in France since 1928. In 1934, he decided to capitalize on the success of Mickey Mouse to create a new weekly youth magazine. Le Journal de Mickey was first published on October 21, 1934. A test issue was already published on June 1, 1934.

Initially, the magazine had eight pages, five of those filled with comics. Major differences with earlier French youth magazines with comics were, apart from printing American comics instead of local productions, the size of the magazine, with Mickey two to three times larger (27 by 40 cm), and the use of ballon comics instead of text comics. These comics were coupled with French stories and with reader interaction through letters, contests, and the Club Mickey.

The magazine revolutionized the French children's publications market and introduced the American comic strips on a much larger scale. A number of copycat magazines soon followed. This period was later called the Golden Age of the BD. By 1938, Mickey had a circulation of 400,000, the same as Robinson, another publication by Winckler. The most successful competing magazines only had circulations of 200,000 or less, while the most successful magazines before the start of Mickey only sold about 40,000 copies a week. One of the things that set Le Journal de Mickey apart from its competitors was its production, with quality paper and ink and better printing resulting in brighter colors.

At the outbreak of World War II, Le Journal de Mickey ceased publication on June 16 1940. It was relocated to Marseille in the unoccupied zone of France, and reappeared from September 22, 1940 on. Circulation dropped by 86 percent, and the magazine was printed on much lower quality paper and with very limited colors. Paper shortages meant that by the end of 1941, the magazine was reduced to 4 pages of only half the original size, appearing only twice a month. No American comics were published anymore, and the balloon comics were replaced with traditional text comics. The final issue of the first run of Le Journal de Mickey would appear on July 2, 1944.

Le Journal de Mickey was revived in 1952 and reached the height of its success later in the same decade, with a circulation of 633,000 by 1957. This dropped in the following decades to the current 150,000, which still makes it the leading French weekly magazine for the youth between 8 and 13 years old.

Main series

During the 1930s

  • Brick Bradford
  • Jungle Jim
  • Little Annie Rooney
  • Pete the Tramp


  • Kaput and Zösky
  • Titeuf
  • L'Élève Ducobu
  • Parker and Badger
  • Les Profs

Cover gallery

Main article: Le Journal de Mickey/Cover Gallery

External links

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Cartoon-based titles

"Core Four" and other titles based on shorts: Walt Disney's Comics and StoriesMickey Mouse (AdventuresWizards of MickeyX-Mickey) • Donald Duck (AdventuresPKNA) • Uncle Scrooge (Adventures) • Goofy AdventuresWalt Disney Giant
Based on animated features: AladdinBeauty and the Beast (New Adventures) • CarsDisney Comic Hits!Disney FairiesDisney PrincessFrozenThe IncrediblesMonsters, Inc.: Laugh FactoryThe Little Mermaid (Disney Comics) (Marvel) • Toy Story
Based on TV cartoons: Chip 'n Dale Rescue RangersDarkwing Duck (Boom! Studios) (Joe Books) • The Disney AfternoonDuckTalesGargoyles (Marvel) (SLG) • Star vs. the Forces of EvilTaleSpin

Other Disney-related comic books

Based on live-action films and shows: DinosaursJohn Carter: World of MarsThe Muppet Show Comic Book (Spin-off mini-series: Muppet Robin HoodMuppet Peter PanMuppet King ArthurMuppet Snow WhiteMuppet Sherlock Holmes) • Roger Rabbit (Toontown)
Based on theme park attractions: Disney Kingdoms (Seekers of the WeirdFigmentBig Thunder Mountain RailroadFigment 2The Haunted MansionEnchanted Tiki Room) • SLG's The Haunted MansionPirates of the Caribbean

Comic magazines
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