Mickey Mouse and the Sword of Ice (Topolino e la Spada di Ghiaccio) is an Italian-made comic saga by Massimo de Vita, that ran from 1982 until 1993. It is a fantasy adventure epic where Mickey Mouse and his friend Goofy are summoned to another dimension, the world of Aargar which is a land of magic and monsters. They are assisted by the wise old mage Yor, his assistant Boz and the ranger Gunni Helm.
The evil Prince of Fogs is trying to invade the land, using his horde of foul monsters and his dark magic. The prophecy says that only the legendary Sword of Ice can destroy the Prince. It used to be wielded by the mythical warrior Alf. Mickey and his friends pretend that Goofy is Alf's cousin in order to cheer the people, and also eventually have him wield the Sword.
However, defeating the Prince of Fogs will not be the end of the problems...
This saga is considered one of the best works by Massimo de Vita, and has gotten several re-releases, including a special limited-edition package with figurines of Mickey, Goofy (in their Aargar attire) and Yor.
- Chapter 1: "Mickey Mouse and the Sword of Ice" (1982)
- Chapter 2: "Mickey Mouse: Return to the Land of Adventure" (1983)
- Chapter 3: "Mickey Mouse and the Return of the Prince of Fogs" (1984)
- Chapter 4: "Mickey Mouse and the Sleeping Beauty in the Stars" (1993)
Mickey Mouse and the Sword of Ice provides examples of:
- Action Girl: The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars.
- Big Bad: The Prince of Fogs. Thrice. Or at least, his mask is.
- Big Good: Yor.
- The Chosen One: Goofy seems to be, although he presents himself as Alf's cousin. Also the Sleeping Beauty is presented as such, played completely straight.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The Prince of Fogs's mask proves to contain elaborate evil machinery, and just its atoms are evil enough to poison and curse a whole land.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars becomes... well, the Sleeping Beauty in the Stars by pricking her finger on a pointy iron arrow head at her 16th birthday.
- Darth Vader Clone: The Prince of Fogs is obviously inspired by Darth Vader.
- Deus ex Machina: In the fourth chapter, Goofy and friends have to cross a river of lava... and how do they do this? Goofy confronts the comic's artist to make the situation easier. So the artist draws a stone bridge. Later, the team is under attack by evil comets while in space, but Goofy renders the comets tame... by screaming that all comets are good by definition! While Goofy has a certain level of Your Mind Makes It Real abilities in this universe, it has broken too many readers's suspension of disbelief. Though, to be fair, it could be seen as Self-Parody and those moments as supposing to Cross the Line Twice.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Yor ends up chased by a monster in the very end of the saga, a monster that is just being shown as drawn by a fourth-wall-breaking artist!
- Five-Man Band:
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars herself. She actually has quite an alien face, but Goofy eventually finds her cute after first finding her creepy.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The world of Argaar seems to be populated with humans and Dog Faces.
- Magic Kiss: Only the kiss of a great warrior can awaken the Sleeping Beauty in the Stars... and it's up to Goofy to do it!
- No Fourth Wall: The fourth story is infamous for this. Goofy calls upon the artist to
- No Name Given: The The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars. The characters even realize that they don't even know her name, including Boz and Gunni Helm, and so Goofy says goodbye to her, calling her "Nameless princess".
- Only the Author Can Save Them Now: Literally. Goofy actually confronts the author, Breaking the Fourth Wall, because he is annoyed by the impossible obstacle of an underground fiery lava river.
- Post-Script Season: The fourth chapter was obviously not planned after several years.
- Reality Ensues: The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars actually looks like a kinda-freaky alien? Boz asks Goofy what he expected from the daughter of a comet.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Yor's costume.
- Warrior Princess: The Sleeping Beauty in the Stars.