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[Enclosed art from another book published by Birn (1936).]
Probably also drawn by Wilfred Haughton.
There was a Lionel train set that came with a cardboard Mickey Mouse Circus, and the handcar looks like it was based on the famous Lionel toy. Could there be a connection, like the artist for either project using the other as a reference? Or the book being marketed in conjunction with the train set?
As far as I can tell, Haughton only drew for Dean. This other artist on the Collins books is—sadly—unidentified as yet, at least to me.Whereas Haughton has a rather rough line, and took years to capture an animation-like drawing style (usually by copying Gottfredson), "Phantom Collins" has a bouncier, slicker line. I'd call his work better—except that I find his characters somewhat less expressive.That said, who can dislike anyone who drew a Mickey story called "The Man From the Isle of Man" (in Collins' _A Trip With Mickey Mouse_)?
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