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Comic Book Legends Revealed #477

COMIC LEGEND: Don Rosa would hide mocking portrayals of Mickey Mouse in his comics.

STATUS: True

Following in the footsteps of last week's story about Jim Balent hiding cats on every cover of his Catwoman run and the previous week's story of Todd McFarlane hiding spiders on his Amazing Spider-Man covers, I thought that it would be interesting to look at another recurring hidden gag, only this time we'll look at one that the people publishing the comics were not always a fan of!

Don Rosa is the legendary writer and artist who wrote many classic Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck comics, including the award-winning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Rosa was never a fan of Mickey Mouse, noting:

As for me ever doing a Mickey Mouse story, there's no chance of that. There's no reason for me to do. I am totally apathetic toward the character as being simpy a cute configuration of lines. There's no personality. Sure, in the hands of another Barks, Mickey would become a WONDERFUL character. Look at what he did with Donald... all he got from Disney was a slapstick hothead who threw walnuts at Chip n' Dale. What Dell/Barks did with the character is a micracle. I'll be glad to do a Mickey Mouse story after someone else writes and draws classic Mickey comics for 25 years and gets me interested in those cute ink lines.

So Rosa began sneaking Mickey Mouse cameos into his comics, but the cameos were decidedly unkind to the mouse.

To wit, in this story where young Scrooge fights off claim jumpers on his claim...

check out who is one of the knocked out claim jumpers...

Occasionally, Rosa's American editors would edit his comics to try to edit out the shots at Mickey.

For instance, check out Mickey being squashed on the foot of the elephant on the left...

in the American version, the foot is darkened so that you can barely see that Mickey is on the foot...

In this story, Mickey is injured in destruction of a museum...

In the American version, the establishing shot of Mickey is edited out so that the shot of him injured isn't clearly Mickey...

Over the years, Rosa's "Hidden Mickeys" have come to be less harsh and more just amusing little easter eggs, like a cactus shaped like Mickey, stuff like that. Like here, with a few planets in alignment to look like Mickey...

Here's a great list of more Hidden Mickeys.

Thanks to the Don Rosa wiki for the information!

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