Christmas through the Decades: Mickey Mouse Weekly, December 25th 1948
Christmas 1948… and in those austere post-war years the British weekly version of Mickey Mouse’s comic numbered just 8 pages. Albeit 8 very jam-packed pages for threepence, packed to the rafters with eye-squintingly tiny-fonted features, cramped comic strips and congested educational entries.
Not everything in this issue has a seasonal theme but we do get to see Mickey’s preparations for Christmas on that gorgeously illustrated front cover and Donald Duck crafts a cunning plan to clear his path of snow in his feature inside. We also get to learn about Christmas in Other Lands and Doc of the Seven Dwarfs gives us a festive version of his Doc’s Woodland Wonders strip.
As this edition draws to a close the Mickey Mouse Weekly editorial team not only wish “A Happy Christmas chums, everywhere” to their loyal readership but also describe some jolly holiday party games that I’m sure the Broken Frontier staff will all be partaking in at the office Christmas party - just before we distribute the "Secret Santa" gifts, all desperately hoping we'll be the lucky one to receive that exquisitely tasteful Watchmen toaster DC so kindly licensed this year of course. There’s also a quick plug for Walt Disney’s Christmas Day 1948 appearance on the Light Programme on BBC radio. Ah, happier, more innocent times. No children fighting over the wireless dials that year I imagine…
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