Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Gemstone)

    (Gemstone, 2003-2006, 2008)
™ and ©2003 Walt Disney Productions

Clearly, the feature attraction is supposed to be Carl Barks’ “A Letter to Santa,” which, while a well-deserved classic, does feature a stunningly out-of-character moment for Uncle Scrooge (his steam-shovel battle with Donald gets him fined a million dollars — and he doesn’t blink), but there’s plenty more good stuff here.

While the other reprints don’t hold up well, the new-to-us European stories manage to entertain without hitting us over the head with a “message.”

The best of them is Petrucha and Ferioli’s “’Tis the Season,” which provides Mickey Mouse a door into summer which comes with both intriguing consequences and a terrific punchline. Ferioli is quickly becoming the definitive Mouse artist, with his amazing ability to make the ’30s-style Mickey seem fresh, crafting a world where Horace Horsecollar can mix with contemporary characters like Doc Static or Mickey’s cute female neighbor. This is a gift with something for everyone in the family.

— S.A. Bennett

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#1

  12/1/2003
  $8.95
  $13.00
1 copy available for $10.00
Reprints from Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Dell) #1, 2, 3, Four Color Comics (2nd Series) #367Carl Barks, Gail Renard, Stefan Petrucha, Pat, Carol McGrealCarl Barks, Paul Murry, Lee Hooper, Marsal, Ferioli, Esteban

#2

  11/1/2004
  $8.95
  $18.00
No copies available
Santa, Donald, and Mickey cover; Reprints from Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Dell) #2, 5, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #196, 268, Four Color Comics (2nd Series) #256, 1073Carl Barks, Del Connell, Vic Lockman, Carl FallbergCarl Barks, Gil Turner, Paul Murry, Bill Wright

#2 Variation A

  11/1/2004
  $8.95
  $12.50
1 copy available for $13.00
Train cover; Reprints from Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Dell) #2, 5, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #196, 268, Four Color Comics (2nd Series) #256, 1073Carl Barks, Del Connell, Vic Lockman, Carl FallbergCarl Barks, Gil Turner, Paul Murry, Bill Wright

#3

  11/1/2005
  $8.95
  $12.50
No copies available
Reprints from Four Color Comics (2nd Series) #203, Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Dell) #3, Dell Giants #26Carl Barks, Romano Scarpa, Marco Rota, Del ConnellCarl Barks, Romano Scarpa, Gil Turner, Marco Rota, Jack Bradbury, Daan Jippes

#4

  11/1/2006
  $8.95
  $17.00
No copies available
Reprints from Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade (Dell) #9, Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney’s…) #46, Chip’n’ Dale (1st Series) #12, Four Color Comics (2nd Series) #256Bob Gregory, Dick Matena, David Gerstein, Carl Falberg, John Lustig, Gorm Transgaard, Thad Komorowski, Pat McGreal, Nick George, Floyd Gottfredson, Carl BarksCarl Barks, Dick Matena, Tony Strobl, Francisco Rodriguez Peinado, Wanda Gattino, Victor Arriagada Rios, Jack Bradbury, Floyd Gottfredson

#5

  12/1/2008
  $9.50
  $12.50
No copies available
 Carl Barks, Guido Martina, Stefan Petrucha, Kari Korhonen, David GersteinCarl Barks, Romano Scarpa, Tino Santanach, José Ramon Bernado, Kari Korhonen