Mickey Mouse books from the 1930s

I found these while frittering away my morning browsing through internet auctions (and drinking too much coffee). This was during the golden age of Mickey Mouse & Walt Disney, and a lot of collectibles from this era are quite pricey.

[Walt Disney Studios]. Mickey Mouse and His Horse Tanglefoot. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1936. First edition. Octavo. 60 pages. With numerous color illustrations in text illustrated by the staff of Walt Disney Studios. Original publisher's pictorial boards and rare dust jacket. A very good copy in the seldom seen original dust jacket. Sold for: $1,125.00

Walt Disney. The Story of Mickey Mouse and the Smugglers. Racine: Whitman Publishing, 1935. The Big Big Book. 316 pages. 

[Walt Disney Studios]. The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. Philadelphia: David McKay, [1931]. First edition of the first Mickey Mouse book. This one sold for over a thousand dollars.

[Walt Disney]. Mickey Mouse Story Book. McKay, 1931. First edition, first printing. Hinges reinforced. Title page illustration with faint amateur coloring and erasing. Toning and minor soiling. Names erased. Custom slipcase. 

Such a friendly ghost

While my mind is on everything wintery, here are a few of Casper's 50s comic books. Casper the Friendly Ghost was created in the 30's and appeared in his first animated short in 1945 (see below). He was a nonconformist ghost who didn't like scaring people, but preferred to befriend them, and his adventures mostly consisted of winning over initially frightened people and animal friends.  He was featured in a popular comic book series during the 1950s and 60s and also appeared in several TV series.

Casper the Friendly Ghost #8 File Copy (Harvey, 1953) via Heritage Auctions

Casper the Friendly Ghost (1958 3rd Series Harvey) vi eBay

Caspar's first film appearance in "The Friendly Ghost" 1945. Casper rebels against his life of scaring people, and embarks on a lonely quest to find friendship.

Ferdinand the bull

Here are some nice collectible items featuring the peaceful bull. I used to have the Linemar toy but stupidly sold it. All are from Heritage Auctions except the Linemar toy.

Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull (Whitman, 1936) Linen-like 12-page story book, illustrated with scenes from the cartoon. Hake's Price Guide to Disney Collectibles FN = $50; NM $90. From the Don Vernon Collection.

Ferdinand the Bull Cut-Outs Book #925 (Disney/Whitman, 1938). Colorful, oversized (approximately 10.5" x 16.25") cut-out book, unused, with all items intact and in Excellent condition. Listed in Hake's Disney Collectibles book with NM value = $350. From the Don Vernon Collection.

Ferdinand the Bull Presentation Cel and Background Animation Art (Walt Disney, 1938). A riled-up Ferdinand frightens some onlookers, in this trimmed cell and hand-painted background setup. This appears to be an old Courvoisier piece that has ben removed from its original frame. Image area is 11.5" x 10". The trimmed cel elements have been glued to the background; the figures on the right show a small degree of paint loss.  

Linemar tin toy 1950s via Serious Toyz

Ferdinand the Bull Wind Up with Box (Louis Marx & Co., 1938). Nice image of Ferdinand, includes rubber horns and a flower in his mouth that are often missing. This is a very difficult to find toy with its original box. Toy measures 7" x 3", box measures 3.25" x 5" x 6". Box and toy are both in Excellent to Near Mint. From the Larry Jacobs Collection.

Three little pigs and an ill-fated wolf

Here are three versions of the porcine triumvirate's saga from the U.S., Germany and the Soviet Union. 

[Walt Disney]. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. McKay, 1933. via Heritage Auctions


Drei kleine Schweine Williams Verlag, Berlin 1934, in almost (very hard to find) perfect condition; this is the first Geman version fo the famous American Disney . Also from children's book € 490.- ($ 613) via disneyana.de

Tri Porosjonka (Drei Schweinchen), Soviet Union, 1937. Also from  disneyana.de