Sunday, March 02, 2014

Mickey Mouse Weekly covers (1950)


Mickey Mouse Weekly was the first British comic to take advantage of the glossy 'photogravure' process that was later used by comics such as Eagle, Girl, and TV21. Launched in 1936, Mickey Mouse Weekly was published by Odhams and featured a mixture of American reprint and brand new UK material, and ran for 21 years until 1957.


All the covers shown here are from 1950, and I understand they were illustrated by Basil Reynolds who was also art editor at the time. (There's more about Mr.Reynolds here, although the statement that Odhams was taken over by the Amalgamated Press is erroneous.)


These comics only had 12 pages, but that was not unusual for the period due to paper rationing brought about through WW2. Many comics still only had black and white covers, or a splash of red spot colour, so the full colour exploits of the Disney characters must have really stood out amongst the newsprint comics. 

I hope you enjoy this selection. Click on the images to appreciate the pages in a larger size.



9 comments:

Peter Gray said...

They are great...very 3D
I wonder if those splash panels are known in America at all or just for the european section..?

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Stunning covers all of them , the art is just beautiful. I hadn't heard of Basil Reynolds before so thank you for bringing him to my attention (and hes English as well though it was American originated art - he's up there with Carl Barks imho based on what Ive seen here)

Lew Stringer said...

Basil Reynolds is 'ghosting' the Disney look here of course (and excellently too) but he had his own distinct style too. I reckon he was an influence on Ken Reid. Here's a page I showed on my blog a few years ago, from 1949:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_448y6kVhntg/R2-1ZHq7mMI/AAAAAAAABsg/oGhbUcO3jnw/s1600-h/airman_al.jpg

Manic Man said...

Basil Reynolds was (before he died in 2001) part of a .. well, I thought well known family of artists.. His grandfather Warwick Reynolds worked on 'Judy' and 'Funny Folk', his son (Basil's Uncle) Warwick Reynolds Jr did work on things like Ally Sloper's Half Holiday.. and I think another member is a landscape artist..

anyway, they are great cover, nice colour and I always like the printing style which worked well for Disney that gave them a 'film cell' like look.

James Spiring said...

Since that link with the erroneous Amalgamated Press takeover info was on Wikia, I was able to correct it. I removed the wrong info replacing it with the word Later.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Yeah I do see how he could have influenced Ken Reid from that link Lew, very much like his Fudge era art - Wow a talented family from "Manic mans" reply sadly I'm ashamed to say I had never heard of this gentleman (or his family) until now - great stuff.

Hibernia Comics said...

They are fantastic, I have heard of it before but never seen any copies, beautiful.

Heidi Mchugh said...

All such lovely comments.
Basil was my Grandad and a fabulous man as well as an artist. His son Christopher followed in his footsteps and his grandson Chris is an excellent artist although he did not choose this career .

Lew Stringer said...

It's a pleasure to hear from you, Heidi. Thanks for commenting. I think your Grandad's style was ahead of its time and would still be appealing to modern kids. You must be very proud of him.

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