Topolino, Italy’s long running digest-sized Disney comics mag, has just celebrated its 60th anniversary. The magazine is one of the most popular in Italy, read by both adults and children, and special issues can sell one million copies…in a week. Mama mia!
The 60th anniversary is celebrated in this week’s special issue (#2784). Readers can win a trip to Disneyland Paris and there’s a special website where people can vote on their favorite stories from the last 60 years. After the initial votes a list of 12 stories has been compiled, and readers can now read and vote on these 12 stories online (to view them visit the website then click on ‘vota’). Among the finalists are Romano Scarpa’s The Flying Scot (1957) and Mickey’s Inferno (1949) by Guido Martina and Angelo Bioletto. Both of these stories were published in the United States in Uncle Scrooge 315 and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories 666 respectively.
“Mickey’s Inferno” is, as you might expect, a takeoff on Dante’s Divine Comedy, only with Mickey and other beloved Disney characters going to Hell. That wouldn’t fly here in the US, but the Europeans love it!
[Thanks to Tireless Torsten for the link.]