Comics History

Disney artists UK

Mickey Mouse Annual 1930Mickey Mouse Annual 1935Mickey Mouse Weekly

Not long after the launch of the 'Mickey Mouse' newspaper comic in the US, the British company Dean launched the Mickey Mouse Annual. The Annual contained short stories drawn by the British artist Wilfred Haughton. Britain is therefore probably the first European country to produce its own Disney stories. The Mickey Mouse Weekly appeared from 1936 to 1959. During its first years, this tabloid sized magazine had reprints of the American newspapers comics, but also some comics of its own.

Public Benefactor number 1, a cartoon in Punch magazine (1935) about Walt Disney's arrival in England, by Ernest H. ShepardWalt Disney arrived in England in June 1935, and was welcomed by this cartoon in Punch: 'Public Benefactor No. 1', by Ernest H. Shepard