Topolino, by Giovanni Bissietta (1931)

Giovanni Bissietta is the artist that drew some of the first stories with 'Mickey Mouse' ('Topolino'), that were produced in Italy for several magazines. In 1930 or 1934, he illustrated a series of 27 color pictures with text in rhyme. He also drew a longer story, 'Topolino e il Mostro di Loch-Ness'. Just like the work of Buriko and Guasta, Bissietta's work with Disney characters was unofficial, and without consent of King Features Syndicate, who owned the rights to the 'Mickey Mouse' strip at the time. The official start of the Italian Disney production started in 1936, when Federico Pedrocchi drew his first 'Paperino' stories.

Last updated: 2006-12-28

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