Walt Disney's Comics and Stories is an anthology comic book series starring many Disney characters including Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Mickey Mouse, Chip 'n' Dale, Li'l Bad Wolf, Scamp, Bucky Bug, Grandma Duck, Brer Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and others.
WDC&S and its precursor, Mickey Mouse Magazine, initially reprinted the Disney comic strips Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies, reformatted and colored for comic books. The first original story it published was an adaptation of "The Flying Gauchito" illustrated by Walt Kelly in #24 (Aug. 1942).
By the mid-1950s the title was the best selling comic book in the United States, with a monthly circulation of over three million.
The anthology format usually began with a 10-page story featuring Donald Duck and for most of the run ended with a serial or single story featuring Mickey Mouse. The most popular issues featured the Donald Duck 10-pagers written and drawn by Carl Barks who began the run with issue # 31 (April 1943) and ended with original stories in issue #312 (September 1966) but have been continually reprinted up to the present. Almost all of these stories co-starred Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, with frequent guest appearances by Barks' greatest creation Uncle Scrooge, as well as the Beagle Boys, Gyro Gearloose, and Gladstone Gander.
In many 1980s issues, as well as scattered issues from 2006 onward, new Daan Jippes and/or Fred Milton Donald Duck stories lead off the title. Issues #523, 524, 526, 528, 531, and 547 (all 1987-1990) featured lead-off stories drawn (and usually written) by Don Rosa, while most issues from 1993-2005 featured lead-offs by William Van Horn.
Many 1940s issues featured Mickey Mouse serials by Floyd Gottfredson which were reprinted from newspaper daily comic strips; later Paul Murry took over drawing original Mickey Mouse serials, with stories written by Carl Fallberg and Don Christensen among others. The 1980s saw numerous Murry reprints; the 1990s and more recent times have seen new Mickey Mouse stories by Noel Van Horn and (usually only drawn by) Cesar Ferioli, as well as some Gottfredson serials not previously anthologized in comic book format.
Li'l Bad Wolf stories began in issue #52 (January 1945) and remained a regular feature for more than ten years, continuing to appear in the majority of issues even after the continuous run stopped. Carl Buettner (1945-1946) and Gil Turner (1948-1956) are generally regarded as the most notable Wolf creators on the title. More recently (2003-present), Big Bad Wolf has often supplanted his son as title character of the stories.
Bucky Bug stories began in issue #20 (May 1942) with a series of newspaper reprints; original Bucky stories started awhile later, in issue #39 (December 1943). Bucky stories were monthly through 1950; were not seen for several decades, then returned on an occasional basis from 1988 to the present, with a mixture of old and new material.
Walt Kelly of Pogo fame did the cover art for many issues between #34 and #118 and provided interior art for issues # 34-41 and 43.
'Walt Disney's Comics and Stories has been the longest running Disney-based comic book in history, making it their flagship title. After reaching its 600th issue, it converted to prestige format and remains that way today.
Series by Publisher
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Dell) (1940-1962) #1-263
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Gold Key) (1962-1984) #264-510
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Gladstone) (1986-1990) #511-547
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Disney) (1990-1993) #548-585
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Gladstone) (1993-1999) #586-633
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Gemstone) (2003-2008) #634-698
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (Boom Studios) (2009-2011) #699-720
- Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (IDW) (2015-present) #721-
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