Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This just in from Jim Korkis:

[Just received in the mail today Graphic Biography Walt Disney from Saddleback Educational Publishing, Three Watson, Irvine, California 92618-2767 and was disappointed to find it was just a colorized reprint of the Walt Disney comic book biography from Pendulum Press Illustrated Biography Series from 1979. Produced by comic book legend Vincent Fago, the series had comic book biographies of over a dozen celebrities including Harry Houdini. This colorized reprint is also part of a series of over a dozen celebritiy comic book biographies. The latest reprint omits the fact that the Walt biography was written by Debbie Toan and illustrated by Tenny Henson. The reprint also omits the "teacher section" which included four pages of multiple choice questions about Walt and "Questions to Think About and Discuss" inclduing "What problems did Walt have when he first began working on his movies?" and "If you had to suggest a character or a story that the Disney studios might want to make into a movie, what would it be? What kinds of stories might not be acceptable to them? Why?" Both versions have some badly drawn versions of classic Disney animated characters and a final scene of Walt in his hospital bedroom talking about where he would put the monorail at Disneyworld. Again, for completists like me, this is a nice addition to my library of Walt Disney biographies but for others, they may rightly chose to save up their pennies for the newly released paperback version of Mike Barrier's The Animated Man that features corrections from the hardback.]

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