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Gladstone Publishing was an American company that published Disney comics from 1986 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1998. The name references Gladstone Gander.

The company had its origins as a subsidiary of Another Rainbow, a company formed by Bruce Hamilton and Russ Cochran to publish the Carl Barks Library and produce limited edition lithographs of Carl Barks oil paintings of the Disney ducks. Reprints of classic Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks and Mickey Mouse stories by Floyd Gottfredson were the foundation of their output. Don Rosa, William Van Horn, and Pat Block are among the modern Disney comics artists who got their start at Gladstone. Some of the Van Horn stories had scripts by frequent collaborator John Lustig.

Unlike the previous Disney comic book licensee, Western Publishing's Gold Key Comics and Whitman imprints, Gladstone provided credits for the stories. While still distributed on news stands their orientation toward the collectors market was visible in their inclusion of scholarly articles, mostly by associate editor Geoffrey Blum. It also published translations of European Disney comic book stories produced by Egmont, Oberon and Mondadori. These included stories by such famed creators as Romano Scarpa, Marco Rota, Daan Jippes and Freddy Milton.