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  • Anonymous Author: More like Uncredited Creator. For decades the norm with Disney comics was to not credit the people who'd made them (give or take the big names because that made for good marketing). In the USA, it wasn't until the 80s that this got amended. Italy gave its first tries in the 70s, while the rest of Europe didn't get around to changing the norm until the 90s. To this day, there are comics whose creators still are unknown. Reasonable guesses can be made as to the identity of the artists by comparing art styles, but writers are near-impossible to estimate.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There are many comics that have only been published once or twice, only in one country, and/or only decades ago. The options to get a hold on them are limited. Then there's a number of comics from the Gottfredson era that Disney does not allow to be reprinted anymore or only in modified form unless the reprint occurs as part of an (expensive) collectors album. These comics contain unfavorable depictions of "other" people (Africans, African-Americans, Romani, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, East Asians, and Italians) or deal heavily with World War II.
  • No Export for You: There are hundreds to thousands of comics created internationally that haven't been officially translated to English.
    • To give some rudimentary insight by means of the cast, courtesy of Inducks: 7 out of 490 stories featuring Trudy Van Tubb, 4 out of 303 stories featuring Arizona Goof (0 of 9 of which star Martina Ubersetzen), 3 out of 80 stories featuring Portis, 3 out of 67 stories featuring Kranz, 3 out of 36 stories featuring Ellroy, 5 out of 21 stories featuring Atomo Bleep-Bleep, 0 out of 10 stories featuring Zenobia, 4 out of 10 stories featuring Muscles McGurk, 0 out of 8 stories featuring Chirpy Bird, 0 out of 4 stories featuring Lois Lamb, 3 out of 6 stories featuring Sam Simian, 3 out of 5 stories featuring the Imp, 1 out of 4 stories featuring Weegie, and 2 out of 4 stories featuring Lotus Blossom are available in the USA.
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    • There are a number of characters originating in the USA with significantly more presence in other countries. The stats of their non-American comics translated to English are such: 19 out of 279 stories featuring Eega Beeva, 2 out of 17 stories featuring Joe Piper and co., 0 out of 11 stories featuring Doc Finkelstein and Shrimp, 2 out of 11 stories featuring Doctor Vulter, 0 out of 9 stories featuring Mr. X, 0 out of 6 stories featuring Goofy's uncle Wombat, 1 out of 4 stories featuring the Rhyming Man, 0 out of 2 stories featuring the Medioka cast, and 0 out of 1 stories featuring Lucius Lamb are available in the USA.
    • Despite most Mickey Mouse and the Sleuth comics being written in the USA, only 7 out of 92 stories have been published in said country.
    • Almost none of the Floyd Norman, Colette Bezio, and Michael Fry newspaper comics, which were published from 1990 to 1995 during the Disney Renaissance (and affected by the Disney Implosion), have been collected for republication in the USA. Neither have those of Gary Whitney, but he wrote remakes of well-liked Gottfredson's comics so the loss is limited as long as the originals remain available.
  • Science Marches On: In line with the uranium rush in the USA during the 40s and the 50s, there are several comics in which Mickey and Goofy go in search of the material. "Hoosat from Another Planet" is the main example, but there are several gag comics too. And just like in real-life happened, Mickey and Goofy do not take any precautions to protect themselves even when their Geiger counter goes on full blast. For a modern audience, it's a bit of a "don't do that!" to read.
  • Seasonal Rot: The period (1940/62-1985) in which Western Publishing was responsible for Disney comics in the USA wasn't without its virtues or talents (though as mentioned above, the names are a mystery), but there are relatively few memorable comics there. Many of Mickey's friends were shelved and those that remained — Goofy, Minnie, Clarabelle, O'Hara, Ferdie and Monty, Pluto — were reduced in personality. Goofy was more an extra set of arms and the occasional inadvertent cause of an adventure than an actual sidekick. Minnie and Clarabelle were predominantly around as love interests and written as unflattering gender stereotypes. O'Hara had the same issues as Goofy with the difference that he consciously called Mickey into adventure. And Ferdie and Monty showed up as smart kids to be at odds with Mickey, weakly mimicking Donald and his nephews. The only Gottfredson villains to have presence during this time were Pete, who lost a lot of spirit without defined co-villains, and the Phantom Blot, who was more silly than intimidating. New villains were largely forgettable due to the overwhelming use of dogface designs and little time spent on them as characters, the main exception being Emil Eagle, while Scuttle, Dum-Dum, Idgit, and Dan made a name solely from being used a lot. Any other recurring villains to come out of this era owe their continuity to non-American markets picking them up.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Carl Barks, when working as a scriptwriter and storyboarder at the Disney studio, worked on a Mickey Mouse cartoon which was to feature Tanglefoot. It would have had Mickey as a riding policeman chasing Pete on horseback through the wilderness, with Mickey as the hero and Tanglefoot as the comedy relief. However, the cartoon never went beyond the storyboarding stage, and Tanglefoot remains a comics-only character to this day.
    • If Runaway Brain would have gone through with starring Professor Ecks as the villain, he would've been the second Gottfredson villain to hit the screen after the Phantom Blot did in DuckTales eight years prior. As it is, Nr. #2 still has to happen.