Floyd Gottfredson

Floyd Gottfredson is best known as the most legendary 'Mickey Mouse' comics artist, though not the first, as is often incorrectly said. The first 'Mickey' newspaper comic was scripted by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks themselves, but they only did this for a few weeks before they got too busy with other projects. Gottfredson, however, was their most notable successor who would draw 'Mickey' comics for more than 45 years. He developed the iconic mouse into a fully fledged comics character and created several side characters still used in Disney comics today, such as Chief O'Hara, Eega Beeva and the Phantom Blot. Gottfredson combined his drawing skills with a talent for storytelling. He was both a master in creating gags as well as longer adventure stories. As such, he paved the way for the entire Disney comics concern. He set the standard which all of their artists and writers still need to follow. Together with Carl Barks he remains the most influential and revered Disney comics artist. But Gottfredson's importance in the history of comics goes beyond Disney. He had a profound effect on numerous humoristic comics artists, particularly in the "funny animals" genre.

Gottfredson is best remembered for the exciting adventure stories he made with Mickey and his gang. While he thought up the plots himself, he left the definitive scriptwork to other Disney staff writers from 1934. These included Ted Osborne (1934-1949), Merrill De Maris (1934-1942), Dick Shaw (1942-1943) and Bill Walsh (1943-1955). Gottfredson worked with the inkers Hardie Gramatky (1930), Roy Nelson (1930), Earl Duvall (1930-1931), Al Taliaferro (1931-1932, 1936-1937), Ted Thwaites (1932-1940), Bill Wright (1938-1943, 1946-1947) and Dick Moores (1943-1946), until he started inking the strips himself in 1947.


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