Fantagraphics' second volume of classic Mickey Mouse comic strips by Mr. Floyd Gottfredson will be out tomorrow, but it seems that the slipcase box set, collecting both volume one and two will be arriving later than expected, so guess I'll have to wait a little while longer, 'cause I went with the box set, which is obviously way cooler and fits nicely with their classic 'Peanuts' sets I got here on the shelf.
Also, it seems like Fantagraphics has signed many contracts with foreign distributors for publication abroad, seeing they're stating on their site that they will not be able to deliver outside the US anymore. I had pre-ordered this one a while ago so hopefully I'll still be able to get this somehow, otherwise I'm gonna have to find a workaround, because of course I want to have this in English with the original lettering!
The stories in the second volume titled 'Trapped on Treasure Island' include: 'The Great Orphanage Robbery' originally published from January 11 to May14, 1932 and 'Mickey sails for Treasure Island' published between May 16 and November 12 1932 (both of course with inks by the great Al Taliaferro), 'Blaggard Castle' written by Webb Smith published between November 14 and February 10 1933. 'Pluto and the Dogcatcher', also from Februari 1933 and 'The Mail pilot' from februari 27 - June 10, 1933 were both written by Ted Osborne. Also included are 'Mickey Mouse and his horse Tanglefoot' published from June 12 to October 7, 1933 and 'The Crazy Crimewave' (with a script by Merrill de Maris) from October 9 - January 9 1934. All stories have inks by Ted Thwates, except for the first one (on the second he cooperated with Taliaferro).
It also includes 'Return to Blaggard Castle' from Disney Adventures no. 3, 10 and 11 from August / September 1993 writen by David Cody Weiss with art by Stephen DeStefano.
While the stories are restored from Disney's originals and negative proofsheets, the book also includes over 50 pages of supplementary features, with rare behind-the-scenes art and vintage publicity material and has great paintings by Gottfredson from all stories. But I still think the covers could be way better though, looks like they're designed for a tall book, rather than for wide oblong books, which they actually are.