Marvel and the Mouse
You've probably heard by now that Disney is buying Marvel.
I don't have any insight to share at the moment beyond the fact that most of the jokes — some of them made as much warily as humorously — are just that: jokes. The House of Ideas, as Marvel was once known, won't be "Disneyfied" by The Mouse House. Disney also owns ESPN and Miramax, remember. Which isn't to say there are no ramifications for the entertainment industry.
Plenty of mash-ups, including art done on a lark long before news of the acquisition broke, have made the rounds since yesterday's announcement. Many of the pieces are quite good, and it's interesting to see that Wolverine is as prevalent as Spider-Man these days when choosing a signature Marvel character to cross with Donald or Mickey. Also interesting is that one of the best-looking illustrations circulated is the above pic drawn by Jack Kirby and colored by Craig Yoe almost two decades ago for the coffee-table book The Art of Mickey Mouse, in which famed artists of all stripes interpreted the icon, because its resurgence in this context shows how closely Kirby is associated with the quintessential Marvel style when he's really genericizing himself here and not the publisher.
Updated and revised February 2019
Jack Kirby's contribution to Craig Yoe & Janet Morra-Yoe's The Art of Mickey Mouse: Artists Interpret the World's Favorite Mouse © 1991 The Walt Disney Company.
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