Updated on 16 October, 2021
Disney Comics and their superheroes are some of the biggest selling pieces of literature ever created by any publisher. There is no question about it. Every child that grew up reading them loves them. Some adults still love them too. The reason for this is two-fold.
Disney cartoon characters appeal to both children and adults. That being said, the primary driving force behind the comic books publishing industry is the desire to entertain readers of all ages. As such, the most prominent American Disney Comics titles have been icky for kids still love them to this day. Over the past several decades, however, Disney comic strips have lost a great deal of popularity in their home country of origin. However, in much of the rest of the western world, Disney comic strips remain extremely popular, particularly in Europe.
Most people know at least one story that is related to a Disney cartoon. For example, you may have heard of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, or Goofy. While it is true that a great many of these stories take place within the walls of a Disney park or on Disney television channels, a great many others are written and drawn as they are intended to be read. In other words, the majority of Disney comic books follow the same story format that has been used for years. However, there have been some radical changes over the past decade or so that have dramatically increased the appeal of the comic books.
One such change was the introduction of "hero week" where a new Disney Comics strip focused on a new superhero. Typically this was followed by another superhero or a "featured villain." For instance, a few Disney Comics strips began with Mickey and Minnie Mouse facing off against the villain, Bane. After several adventures in which they were each defeated, the next cartoon strip began with Donald Duck rescuing Minnie. In each case the new cartoon strip ended with Donald Duck standing up to the bad guy and declaring that he was finally free.
Some of these classic Disney strips have been reprinted in black and white as single strips or in a collection featuring various Disney characters. Other reprints feature only a few selected Disney characters, usually Mickey and Minnie. Two examples of this are "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Donald Duck and "The Good witch of the south" by Carol Burnett. Other classic Disney comic book reprints include "The Courtship of Mr. Squiggles" by Walt Disney and "Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain. The reprints are widely popular among fans of Disney animation and movies. These classic books and strips are available for sale in most libraries.
Another way to enjoy Disney's classic humor is to purchase Disney comic books that are re-packaged as special packages. "Walt Disney: One hundred years of magic" is one such package and features the entire history of Disney through the ages, from the very first cartoon to the last blockbuster. Other reprints feature classic Disney strips, but they may not be in the original black and white. This can be problematic if you want to enjoy those Disney comic books that are now out of print.
The Disney character of Scamp is an even more elusive and beloved character in the Disney universe. He appears in only a handful of comic strips, and although he has appeared in some live-action adaptations, his appearance continues to be relegated to the pages of old black and white strips. Fans searching for information about the mysterious swamp dweller can try either scouring newspaper bookstores or online auction sites, hoping to find an old Disney product with the missing Scamp strip. Unfortunately, there is no current source offering any clues as to the identity of this infamous swamp monster.
It is interesting to note that the most recent release from Disney is the animated film titled The Jungle Book. A jungle adventure of sorts set in the African savanna, The Jungle Book includes the voice of John Ratzenberger, who plays the title role of Scrooge-like Scamp. The plot centers on a pair of siblings who are raised in the wilds of post-apocalyptic England but become separated when their father is killed by a mysterious tribe of creatures called hyenas. The surviving siblings reunite when they learn that their father was a member of a tribe of scavengers who terrorized the plains of Africa in their effort to hunt down a massive animal called Scrooge, and they exact revenge on their enemies by burning their villages to the ground and scattering their remaining family alive into the wilderness.