Here is a book that was really tough for me to land. I'd passed on some really lower grade copies and I missed out on one auction that I should have won because I wasn't paying attention. What I wanted was about a very good copy of Donald Duck #26.
While the number was '"26", it was technically #1 of Donald's first comic book series. Before this one, the Donald Duck comics had all appeared under the Dell Comics tryout title commonly referred to as "Four Color Comics". The Four Color title could appear at a rate of several times per month, mainly showcasing some of the many properties that Dell licensed from various film, TV, comic strip, and novel sources. In the case of Donald, the character was licensed (of course) from Disney and all previous issues had appeared as Four Color issues. But with sales blossoming and solid, Dell and Disney decided that it was time to give the cussed Duck his own continuing series. As they reasoned, he'd been featured in 25 previous "Four Color" books, so it was the logical thing to do to start the numbering of his own title with #26.
Thus, #26 is technically #1. And as a #1 book it's in high demand. I have had a really hard time getting a copy for my collection and I am very happy that I have this one. It's not a bad looking book, and I suppose it would grade out at about a 4.0 if I had it slabbed. But I'm going to just keep it around in a mylar bag so that I can take it out from time to time and enjoy that 52-page Carl Barks story inside!
Big kid me is very happy today.
Although I know this story has been reprinted, I've never read it. Tomorrow I plan to take a long, lingering look at this classic Carl Barks Duck story. I'm convinced that Hiyao Miyazaki used the witch from this Barks story as the template for his witch characters in his film SPIRITED AWAY (my favorite of his movies).
The back cover was actually a cut-out project for some lucky kid. You sliced off the back cover, cut out along the dotted lines and--presto!--you had a Donald Duck Halloween mask. And a disfigured comic book. But of course comics were considered throwawy literature back in them thar days. Read 'em, abuse 'em, then toss 'em.