You probably remember Disney Adventures and Disney Magazine and get the current Disney twenty-three delivered right to your doorstep. So you know there’s nothing like opening up the mailbox, seeing that beautifully designed cover, and diving into the latest scoops on Disney’s next big projects. It’s fun to soak up all the facts, trivia, and stories as you devour each page from front to back—it’s a Disney fan’s tradition.
Over the years, Disney publications have had different names, the topics have changed, and the designs have evolved from issue to issue. But, for Disney fans, one thing remains the same: just as it was with Mickey Mouse Magazine in 1933, we are always wanting more—whether it’s in the form of DVD bonus features, “Art of” books, or a magazine to get absorbed in.
Starring our favorite mouse, then just a toddler, Mickey Mouse Magazine explored more adventures for Mickey and his friends off-screen. It was the ultimate read for everything you needed to know about Mickey. Mickey fans just couldn’t get enough—but it was still a little too early in the company’s history to be called a full-fledged “Disney” fan.
The original monthly magazine went through various changes in content and style, donning many new characters as the Disney Studios introduced them through its shorts, and eventually features. The last issue hit stands in September 1940, and it was replaced by the equally popular publication Walt Disneyʼs Comics and Stories. Pictured above is Walt with an issue of Mickey Mouse Magazine, posing for a publicity shot. Little did he know, in today’s version of the fan magazine, Disney twenty-three, he would be the star of his own section each issue: “A Walk With Walt.”
Mickey Mouse Magazine‘s 80th anniversary will be featured in D23′s Disney Fanniversary Celebration 2013. Hosted by Disney Archivists and D23 Team Members, D23′s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series, and nearly 90 years of Disney history. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.
By D23: The Official Disney Fan Club’s Billy Stanek