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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (also The Floyd Gottfredson Library) is a series of books collecting the first 25 years of the 45-year span of work by Floyd Gottfredson on the daily Mickey Mouse comic strip. The strips are reproduced from Disney proof sheets, and artwork from private collections.


The strip debuted on January 13, 1930, and was initially written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks. Gottfredson took over the strip when Disney and Iwerks found themselves too busy, and he continued with it until 1975. These volumes start with Gottfredson's work from April 1, 1930, while including the Disney/Iwerks strips in an appendix to the first volume. The series is uncensored, and as the strips were done in the 1930s, some of the strips may come across as offensive to modern readers, especially due to racial stereotypes that were common at the time. As presented in the books, however, the more dated material is accompanied by explanatory text, putting it in the context of its historical time.

Gottfredson's run on Mickey Mouse lasted until 1975. In the earlier years, which are the focus of this series, it was a humorous adventure strip—as was common at the time—but in the later years became gag-focused, as most strips were as comic strips continued to shrink in size throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

These books are the first time Gottfredson's work has been collected in North America, although they've previously been collected in the 1980s in Germany as The Complete Daily Strip Adventures of Mickey Mouse 1930-1955 and more recently in Italy as Gli anni d'oro di Topolino.


The hardcover volumes are designed by Jacob Covey, and are in a 10.5" x 8.75" (26.67 x 22.225 cm) landscape format. They are mostly in black-and-white, with some color pages, and each collects about two years' worth of strips. The strips are printed three to a page, with dozens of pages of supplementary material.


Daily collections

Cover Title ISBN Released
Volume 1: Race to Death Valley 978-1-606-99441-2 June 15, 2011
Strips covered: January 13, 1930–January 9, 1932

Featured stories:

Volume 2: Trapped on Treasure Island 978-1-606-99495-5 October 31, 2011
Strips covered: January 11, 1932–January 9, 1934

Featured stories:

Volume 3: High Noon at Inferno Gulch 978-1-606-99531-0 July 2, 2012
Strips covered: January 10, 1934–January 4, 1936

Featured stories:

  • "The Captive Castaway"
  • "Pluto's Rival"
  • "The Bat Bandit of Inferno Gulch"
  • "Bobo the Elephant"
  • "The Sacred Jewel"
  • "Pluto the Racer"
  • "Editor-in-Grief"
  • "Race for Riches"
  • "The Pirate Submarine"
  • Bonus story: "The Secret of Mars" by Federico Pedrocchi
Volume 4: House of the Seven Haunts! 978-1-606-99575-4 November 15, 2012
Strips covered: January 6, 1936–February 5, 1938

Featured stories:

  • "Oscar the Ostrich"
  • "Mickey Mouse Joins the Foreign Legion"
  • "The Seven Ghosts"
  • "Island in the Sky"
  • "In Search of Jungle Treasure"
  • "Monarch of Medioka"
  • Bonus story: "Mystery of Freefer Hall" by Don Markstein and César Ferioli
Volume 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot 978-1-60699-736-9 July 5, 2014
Strips covered: February 7, 1938–April 20, 1940

Featured stories:

  • "Mickey Mouse, Mighty Whale Hunter"
  • "The Plumber's Helper"
  • "Mickey Mouse Meets Robinson Crusoe"
  • "Unhappy Campers"
  • "Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot"
  • "The Miracle Master"
  • "An Education for Thursday"
Volume 6: Lost In Lands Long Ago 978-1-606-99782-6 October 28, 2014
Strips covered: April 22, 1940-May 2, 1942

Featured stories:

  • "The Bar-None Ranch"
  • "Bellhop Detective"
  • "Land of Long Ago"
  • "Love Trouble"
  • "Mickey Mouse, Supersalesman"
  • "Mystery at Hidden River"
  • "The Gleam"
  • Bonus story: "The Riddle of the Red Hat" by Carl Barks
Volume 7: March of the Zombies 978-1-606-99829-8 May 1, 2015
Strips covered: May 4, 1942-April 15, 1944

Featured stories:

  • "Goofy and Agnes"
  • "The Black Crow Mystery"
  • "Goofy's Car"
  • "Working to Win"
  • "Mickey Mouse's Wild Holiday"
  • "The Nazi Submarine"
  • "Mickey Mouse on a Secret Mission"
  • "The Electro Box"
  • "Pluto the Sky Catcher"
  • "The War Orphans"
Volume 8: The Tomorrow Wars 978-1-606-99868-4 December 7, 2015
Volume 9: Rise Of The Rhyming Man 978-1-60699-931-8 June 5, 2016
Volume 10: Planet of Faceless Foes 978-1-60699-963-9 October 18, 2016

Sunday collections

Cover Title ISBN Released
Volume 1: Call of the Wild 978-1-606-99643-0 May 20, 2013
Strips covered: January 10, 1932-December 29, 1935

Featured stories:

  • "Dan the Dogcatcher"
  • "Mickey's Nephews"
  • "Lair of Wolf Barker"
  • "Rumplewatt the Giant"
  • "Tanglefoot Pulls His Weight"
  • "Dr. Oofgay's Secret Serum"
  • "Foray to Mt. Fishflake"
  • "The Case of the Vanishing Coats"
  • "Hoppy the Kangaroo"
  • Includes 1931-1933 Mickey strips by Fred Spencer and Guglielmo Guastaveglia (Gottfredson-inspired spin-offs for foreign and non-newspaper publication) in appendix
Volume 2: Robin Hood Rides Again 978-1-606-99686-7 October 10, 2013
Strips covered: January 5, 1936-November 20, 1938

Featured stories:

  • "Mickey's Rival"
  • "Helpless Helpers"
  • "The Robin Hood Adventure"
  • "The Ventriloquist"
  • "Sheriff of Nugget Gulch"
  • "Service with a Smile"
  • "The Brave Little Tailor"
  • Sunday strips 1936-1938 plus select later dates; Gottfredson Silly Symphonies and Treasury of Classic Tales strips 1937, 1956-1961
  • Includes 1940-1951 Mickey strips by Manuel Gonzales (Gottfredson's successor on the Mickey Sunday page) in appendix


The series was given much praise for its production quality, the quality of the reproduction of the strips, and the extensiveness of the extra material.

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