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To best appreciate Disney’s parody, let’s take a look first at what is probably the best short version of Dante’s Inferno, depicted as a graphic novel, but displayed as a cartoon with a spoken text over (don’t forget to turn on the subtitles, because it is fast!)
Let’s go to Mickey’s Inferno now:
Welcome to the fiery fourth DISNEY GRAPHIC NOVELS graphic novel-more popularly known as the implausibly poetic premiere of GREAT PARODIES, this time featuring “Mickey’s Inferno,” brought to you by Papercutz, those wonderful folks dedicated to publishing great graphic novels for all ages. I’m Jim Salicrup, Editor-in-Chief and student of Morty the Mesmerist’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People the Easy Way” correspondence class.
My job is to use this space to enlighten and inform in all molters regarding Papercutz To that end, allow me to inform the potentially poetic-phobic few out there exactly what “Cantos” means. It’s really simple Just like novels may be divided into chapters, long poems are often divided into cantos. So a canto is a section of a long poem. That was easy. Now, let’s explain the history of “Mickey’s Inferno” “Mickey’s Inferno,” which is a truly special comics story, which we’re proud to publish While Mickey Mouse was born in the USA, created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, he soon became an international sensation, and besides appearing in animated short films, Mickey also starred in countless comics in America.
Not to be left out, other countries have been creating original Disney comics for decades For example, Italy has been publishing Topo/ino (the Italian name for Mickey Mouse), in various forms since 1932. The post- World War II version of Topolino, begun in 1949, featured in its seventh through twelfth issues was an all-new series called GREAT PARODIES. The idea was to create comics, featuring the Disney cartoon stars of the day, spoofing great works of literature The very first GREAT PARODY was based on the epic poem Divine Comedy by Durante degli Alighieri, better known as Dante (c. 1265 – 1321), which is considered by many to be the greatest literary work ever composed in the Italian language, and a masterpiece of world literature. The poem describes Dante’s journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio}, and Paradise (Paradiso}, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, and then by his true-love, Beatrice. The GREAT PARODY was written by Guido Martina and drawn by Angelo Bioletto. An abridged English version of “Mickey’s Inferno” appeared in WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #666 (Of course), translated and adapted by Dwight Decker and David Gerstein. Papercutz is proud to present the full, unabridged comic in GREAT PARODIES, with an all-new script by Stefan Petrucho. Like the epic poem itself, and previous adaptations, this version also features captions that are in interza rima, Dante’s rhyme scheme for his Divine Comedy.
So, in other words, what we have here is a classic comic inspired by one of the greatest literary works of all time! But the coolest thing about it. .. ? It stars Mickey Mouse as Dante, Goofy as Virgil, Minnie Mouse as Beatrice, and such classic Disney stars as Dumbo, Dopey (in a rare speaking part!), Jimmy Cricket, and others in awesome cameo roles. Its the ultimate mash-up of Disney and Dante, and we hope you love it as much as we do.
Mickey Mose goes to the theater! He, along with Goofy, are performing in a production of Dante’s Divine Comedy. But a funny thing happened after the final curtain…
While taking their bows, both Mickey and Goofy get mesmerized! Now they both believe that they really are Dante and Virgil, the roles they acted in the play, and wind up entering into the nightmare world that Dante created in his epic poem.
“Mickey’s Inferno” is considered a true Disney comics classic! Here for the first time in North America is the complete unabridged story, originally written by Guido Martina and illustrated by Angelo Bioletti (1949), with an all-new script by Stefan Petrucha. It’s a comic many never imagined could exist – Dante’s Inferno as re-imagined by Disney!