Friday, 31 October 2008


These photos of Big Bad Wolf full-head latex masks were kindly e-mailed to me by blog reader Daniel. He says it was manufactured by Don Post Studios in 1992. At his suggestion, I am posting them on occassion of Halloween.

Thanks again, Daniel..

Thursday, 30 October 2008


I don't quite understand the context of the image on this beer glass, but it is interesting simply because it is unusual. A web search shows that the same image/logo was also used on a 2006 pin (that's probably where it originated from) as well as on t-shirts. If anyone knows more about it, please let us know.


While it is true that I had myself slowed down my rate of making new posts on this blog since August (that is since I began to devote some of my spare time to indexing my Disney comics collection), the fact that no new posts at all were made in the past 10 days has got nothing to do with me... For the past week, all blogspot/blogger access to Turkey was halted due to a Turkish court order! The case was apparently instigated by a Turkish tv channel (Digitürk) who had license to broadcast some soccer matches and was dismayed by video streamlining of the games in question at some blogs. Hence, for some reason unfathomable by neither me nor countless Turkish bloggers, all blogspot/blogger access was ordered shut down in a draconian manner...
Anyway, the ban is suspended as of now, so I am back. Of course, there is always the option of using proxys, but they are slower and of questionable safety and I hope I won't have to resort to that backdoor in the future.

Sunday, 19 October 2008


The above scan is of the illustration of a one-page story about Disney's first tv test, in which the Big Bad Wolf makes a last moment appearance, published in vol. 4 no. 8 of Mickey Mouse Magazine, dated May 1939. This short story is very interesting for being a relic of a precise moment in history where this new medium was still largely unknown to the larger portion of the population and yet was on the verge of kick-off.
The story starts with Walt Disney calling on all the Disney characters to attend a "television test". Mickey is clueless as to what that means and Minnie even speculates that they are being summoned to a check-up of their eyes! However, Clara Cluck who had "picked up no end of gossip" clears up the "mystery":
"Why haven't you heard," she clucked. "Everyone is talking about this wonderful machine. It takes your picture just like a camera, a movie camera, only it travels through the air."

A short overview of the history of television in the US is necessary for putting this story in perspective. While limited television service had technically started in the US as early as 1928, these low-def broadcasts had not become widespread beyond experimental stations run by universities. Only after 1936, when hi-def broadcast became possible, did the new medium really began to get kick-off. NBC, which had began regularly scheduled broadcasts on April 30th, 1939, aired Donald's Cousin Gus on May 19th, making it the first film cartoon to be televised in the US. Hence, the short story covered in this blog post was published on the eve of this historic event.

Source on history of tv in the US: wikipedia

Saturday, 18 October 2008


In the cartoons of the 1930s, Big Bad Wolf was portrayed as a master of disguises and his attempts to capture the three pigs quite frequently involved female impersonations as well. In the last pigs vs wolf cartoon, titled Practical Pig (1939), he would even cross-dress as a mermaid... A four-page illustrated story adaptation of this cartoon was published in vol. 4 no. 8 of Mickey Mouse Magazine in May 1939 and the mermaid scene made its cover (*):

Below are scans of the wolf-ish illustrations from this story:

It should also be noted that the plot (and title) of the same cartoon had also formed the basis of a Sunday newspaper comics continuity serialized in 1938 before the cartoon's release. In the Sunday comics version, Big Bad Wolf cross-dresses as a female gypsy rather than a mermaid and that scene had made the cover of an Italian comics album in the same year:

And below is the cover of a 1939 French edition of Practical Pig:

In the US, there also appeared three different editions of Practical Pig books in 1939-40, none which I have seen myself so far, but one (according to A. Beccatini) appears to be based on the comics version and hence presumably replaces the mermaid scene with the gypsy scene.

(*) I am sorry for the poor condition of the cover I had scanned, but MMM issues are very expensive items in the collectors market and I could afford only a "fair-condition" copy of this issue.. :-(

Monday, 13 October 2008


Above scan is of the cover of the Turkish edition of an Italian horror comics titled Dylan Dog. The Big Bad Wolf does indeed appear in the story featured in that issue, but, alas, only revealed as a hallucination. The cover art is by Angelo Stano and the story by Tziano Sclavi, the original creator of Dylan Dog, a private detective often dealing with the supernatural (note his face is modeled on actor Rupert Everet).
Note: While this story was printed as no.20 in the series' latest Turkish edition as seen in the scan, its original number in Italy was 56, first published in 1991.

Thursday, 9 October 2008


In earlier posts from previous weeks, I had noted that artist Gil Turner had introduced well-known Disney characters as guest stars into a succession of 'Li'l Bad Wolf' stories in 1950. The first of such encounters had come in Walt Disney's Comics & Stories no. 112 (dated Jan. 1950). In this Christmas story, Li'l Bad Wolf had requested Santa Claus to bring him a puppy as a present:
Big Bad Wolf's attitude in the above panel is a very good depiction of his dismissiveness towards what he apparently deems as loftiness. And yet, fate plays a trick on him as a stray Pluto, chasing a cat, falls down the chimney:

The Big BadWolf is understandably upset with this turn of events:
However, he eventually realizes this is the lost dog of Mickey Mouse who had set up a reward for him:
Nevertheless, as always, the cunning Practical Pig is determined to spoil it all for the Big Bad Wolf in the end...
I am uneasy with these kind of stories where Big Bad Wolf seeks monetary gains which seem to me to to be not very compatible with his overall persona. However, the story is very memorable for Turner's rendering of Mickey Mouse is excellent, on par with the best Mickey artists in my opinion.

Thursday, 2 October 2008


The artwork on this postcard from Belgium, which was recently offered on ebay, is quite lousy, but I find it mildly noteworthy for the presence of Li'l Bad Wolf.