A Banned Comic: When Disney Couldn’t Take a Joke

Photo by Elliott Smeds

Dave Smeds poses with the highly litigated (and highly collectable) “Air Pirates Funnies.”

“It’s one thing when books (and photos and magazines and films et al) are suppressed by religious fundamentalists, churches, and governments. What REALLY worries me is when it’s done by corporations and their armies of lawyers.” ~Dave Smeds

“The lead stories in both issues, created by O’Neill, Bobby London and Hallgren, focused on Walt Disney characters, most notably from Floyd Gottfredson‘s Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, with the Disney characters engaging in adult behaviors such as sex and drug consumption. O’Neill insisted it would dilute the parody to change the names of the characters, so his adventurous mouse character was called “Mickey”. Ted Richards took on the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs opening up a second wave of parody attacking Disney’s grab of contemporary American and European folklore.

To read more about the Air Pirates Funnies case, see the wikipedia entry.



About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.

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