Bill Peckmann &Comic Art &Disney 13 Nov 2012 07:27 am

Eisenberg’s Mickey – part 1

- Here’s a gem of a comic story/adaptation drawn by Harvey Eisenberg for Silly Symphony Comics. Bill Peckmann scanned and sent the book, and I am enormously grateful. Here’s the magazine and bill’s comments:

    As a kid reading Dell Funny Animal Comics there were a number of ‘good guys’ cartoonists who one always looked forward to seeing. Harvey Eisenberg (of course we didn’t know his name then, just like Barks) was always near the top of this ‘good guys’ list. He was sometimes called the Carl Barks of ‘Tom and Jerry’.
    Harvey Eisenberg‘s ‘Mickey and the Beanstalk’ first ran in 1947. This here is a reprint from 1953 which was in ‘Silly Symphonies’ no. 3, 25 cents comic book. If you think about how daunting it would be to bring a Disney movie to the comic book page, all I can say is that Mr. Eisenberg did an excellent job.
    Here are the front and back covers of the comic book. They were penciled by Paul (”Buck O’Rue”) Murry and the finished art was done by Donald T. MacLaughlin (see comments). As a kid I was always a sucker for these Disney illustrated/painted covers, and still am.

Front Cover

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To be continued, on Friday, Oh migosh !

6 Responses to “Eisenberg’s Mickey – part 1”

  1. on 13 Nov 2012 at 7:35 am 1.Mark Mayerson said …

    I always thought that this was one of the better drawn Disney comic book stories. I had no idea that it was done by Harvey Eisenberg. Thanks for the information.

  2. on 13 Nov 2012 at 8:51 am 2.Bill said …

    Thanks to Joakim Gunnarsson, we find out that the front and back covers were penciled by Paul (“Buck O’Rue”) Murry and the finished art was done by Donald T. MacLaughlin.

  3. on 13 Nov 2012 at 9:26 am 3.Thad said …

    The dead giveaway it’s Eisenberg is not so much seeing the Tom & Jerry expressions creeping in, but the fantastic layouts throughout the story, far more elaborate than what was appearing in most of the Dell comics. Eisenberg drew a great number of very nice Disney stories with the minor characters (Li’l Bad Wolf, Chip an’ Dale, Little Hiawatha) in addition to his regular T&J work in the late 40s and 50s.

  4. on 13 Nov 2012 at 2:26 pm 4.Mark Kausler said …

    ..and did his own lettering!

  5. on 13 Nov 2012 at 4:30 pm 5.Mark Sonntag said …

    I have the original 1947 edition, look at that artwork, it’s beautiful. Staging is solid and the characters are on model. I believe Gladstone did a reprint in 1987 or thereabouts. Thanks for posting.

  6. on 14 Nov 2012 at 2:53 am 6.M said …

    Bit irrelevant to the topic here, but just wanted to say a big thanks for making such a wealth of animation information and history available.

    I’ve already spent an hour or so here and finding it hard to tear myself away to bed, like a good responsible adult. Fascinating stuff!

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