Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales

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Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales
Author(s)various
Illustrator(s)various
Current status/scheduleConcluded
Launch dateJuly 13, 1952
End dateFebruary 15, 1987
Syndicate(s)King Features Syndicate
Genre(s)Film adaptation
Fairy Tale
Adventure
Anthropomorphic animals

Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales is an American Disney comic strip, which ran on Sundays in newspapers from July 13, 1952 until February 15, 1987.[1] It was distributed by King Features Syndicate. Each story adapted a different Disney film, such as Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Peter Pan, or Davy Crockett. It was run in relatively few papers, with 58 in 1957[2] and 55 in 1966,[3] and was principally a vehicle for promoting new and re-released Disney films.[4]

Publication history[edit]

From March 8 to June 18, 1950, Disney distributed a limited-time Sunday strip adaptations of their new animated feature Cinderella, written by Frank Reilly, with art by Manuel Gonzales and Dick Moores.[5] The same team followed the next year with Alice in Wonderland, which ran from September 2 to December 16, 1951.[6] Judged a success, the experiment was turned into an ongoing feature in 1952, beginning with The Story of Robin Hood.

The strip featured a wide variety of Disney stories. The animated features adapted for the strip include Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1958), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Jungle Book (1968). Classic Tales also featured animated shorts, including Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1956) and Ben and Me (1953), and featurettes like Peter & The Wolf (1954) and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966).

Treasury of Classic Tales also adapted live-action films like Old Yeller (1957–58), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), Mary Poppins (1964) and The Love Bug (1969). The strip transitioned from historical dramas like The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Kidnapped (1960) to comedies like The Shaggy Dog (1959) and The Parent Trap (1961).

The 1979-80 adaptation of The Black Hole was particularly notable for featuring pencil art by comics icon Jack Kirby, with Mike Royer inking.

Some of the stories created toward the end of the strip's run in the 1980s were original stories featuring characters from different Disney animated movies, including The Return of the Rescuers (1983), Dumbo, the Substitute Stork (1984) and Cinderella: Bibbidi-Bobbodi-Who? (1984).

Most stories ran for thirteen weeks. A total of 129 stories were created between 1952 and 1987.

List of story titles[edit]

Title Dates Writing Art INDUCKS
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The Story of Robin Hood July 13-Dec 28, 1952 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 1
Peter Pan Jan 4-June 14, 1953 Frank Reilly Manuel Gonzales
& Dick Moores
ToCT 2
The Sword and the Rose June 21-Oct 25, 1953 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 3
Ben and Me Nov 1-Dec 27, 1953 Frank Reilly Manuel Gonzales
& Dick Moores
ToCT 4
Rob Roy Jan 3-May 30, 1954 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 5
Peter & The Wolf June 6-July 25, 1954 Frank Reilly Manuel Gonzales
& Dick Moores
ToCT 6
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Aug 1-Dec 26, 1954 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 7
Lady and the Tramp Jan 2-July 10, 1955 Frank Reilly Manuel Gonzales
& Dick Moores
ToCT 8
The Legends of Davy Crockett July 7, 1955-Jan 8, 1956 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 9
The Littlest Outlaw Jan 15-March 26, 1956 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 10
The Great Locomotive Chase April 2-July 29, 1956 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 11
Lambert the Sheepish Lion Aug 5-Sept 30, 1956 Frank Reilly Floyd Gottfredson ToCT 12
Westward Ho, the Wagons!' Oct 7, 1956-Jan 27, 1957 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 13
Gus & Jaq Feb 3-March 31, 1957 Frank Reilly Ken Hultgren ToCT 14
Johnny Tremain Apr 7-June 30, 1957 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 15
Perri July 7-Nov 24, 1957 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 16
Old Yeller Dec 1, 1957-Feb 23, 1958 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 17
The Seven Dwarfs & The Witch Queen March 2-Apr 27, 1958 Frank Reilly Julius Svedsen ToCT 18
The Light in the Forest May 4-July 27, 1958 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 19
Sleeping Beauty Aug 3-Dec 28, 1958 Frank Reilly Julius Svedsen ToCT 20
The Shaggy Dog Jan 4-Apr 26, 1959 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 21
Darby O'Gill and the Little People May 3-Aug 30, 1959 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 22
Third Man on the Mountain Sept 6-Dec 27, 1959 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 23
Toby Tyler Jan 3-Mar 27, 1960 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 24
Kidnapped Apr 3-June 26, 1960 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 25
Pollyanna July 3-Sept 25, 1960 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 26
Swiss Family Robinson Oct 2-Dec 25, 1960 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 27
101 Dalmatians Jan 1-Mar 26, 1961 Frank Reilly Bill Wright & Chuck Fuson,

Manuel Gonzales & Floyd Gottfredson

ToCT 28
Nikki, Wild Dog of the North Apr 2-June 25, 1961 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 29
The Parent Trap July 2-Sept 25, 1961 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 30
Babes in Toyland Oct 1-Dec 31, 1961 Frank Reilly Joseph Hale ToCT 31
Moon Pilot Jan 7-Mar 25, 1962 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 32
Bon Voyage! Apr 1-June 24, 1962 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 33
Big Red July 1-Sept 30, 1962 Frank Reilly Jesse Marsh ToCT 34
In Search of the Castaways Oct 7-Dec 30, 1962 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 35
Son of Flubber Jan 6-Mar 31, 1963 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 36
Miracle of the White Stallions Apr 7-June 30, 1963 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 37
Savage Sam July 7-Sept 29, 1963 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 38
The Sword in the Stone Oct 6-Dec 29, 1963 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 39
A Tiger Walks Jan 5-March 29, 1964 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 40
The Three Lives of Thomasina Apr 6-June 28, 1964 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 41
The Moon-Spinners July 5-Sept 27, 1964 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 42
Mary Poppins Oct 4-Dec 27, 1964 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 43
Those Calloways Jan 3-Mar 28, 1965 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 44
The Monkey's Uncle Apr 4-June 27, 1965 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 45
Dumbo July 4-Sept 26, 1965 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 46
That Darn Cat! Oct 3-Dec 26, 1965 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 47
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Jan 2-Mar 27, 1966 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 48
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Apr 3-June 26, 1966 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 49
The Fighting Prince of Donegal July 3-Sept 25, 1966 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 50
Follow Me, Boys! Oct 2-Nov 27, 1966 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 51
Monkeys, Go Home! Dec 4, 1966-Jan 29, 1967 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 52
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Feb 5-Apr 30, 1967 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 53
The Gnome-Mobile May 7-July 30, 1967 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 54
'The Happiest Millionaire Aug 6-Oct 29, 1967 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 55
The Jungle Book Nov 5, 1967-Jan 28, 1968 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 56
Blackbeard's Ghost Feb 4-Apr 28, 1968 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 57
Never A Dull Moment May 6-July 28, 1968 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 58
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Aug 4-Sept 29, 1968 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 59
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Oct 6-Dec 29, 1968 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 60
Smith! Jan 5-Feb 23, 1969 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 61
The Love Bug Mar 2-May 25, 1969 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 62
Hang Your Hat on the Wind! June 1-Aug 31, 1969 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 63
My Dog, The Thief Sept 7-Nov 30, 1969 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 64
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Dec 7, 1969-Feb 22, 1970 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 65
King of the Grizzlies Mar 1-May 31, 1970 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 66
The Boatniks June 7-Aug 30, 1970 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 67
The Aristocats Sept 6-Dec 27, 1970 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 68
The Barefoot Executive Jan 3-Mar 28, 1971 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 69
The Million Dollar Duck Apr 4-June 27, 1971 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 70
Bedknobs and Broomsticks July 4-Oct 31, 1971 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 71
The Living Desert Nov 7-Dec 26, 1971 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 72
Napoleon and Samantha Jan 2-Mar 26, 1972 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 73
Now You See Him, Now You Don't Apr 2-June 25, 1972 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 74
The Legend of Lobo July 2-Sept 24, 1972 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 75
Snowball Express Oct 1-Dec 31, 1972 Frank Reilly John Ushler ToCT 76
The World's Greatest Athlete Jan 7-Mar 265, 1973 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 77
Cinderella Apr 1-June 24, 1973 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 78
One Little Indian July 1-Sept 30, 1973 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 79
Robin Hood Oct 7, 1973-Jan 27, 1974 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 80
Alice in Wonderland Feb 3-Apr 28, 1974 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 81
Herbie Rides Again May 5-July 28, 1974 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 82
The Bears and I Aug 4-Sept 29, 1974 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 83
The Island at the Top of the World Oct 6, 1974-Jan 26, 1975 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 84
Escape to Witch Mountain Feb 3-Apr 27, 1975 Carl Fallberg Mike Arens ToCT 85
The Apple Dumpling Gang May 4-June 29, 1975 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 86
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing July 6-Sept 28, 1975 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 87
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Oct 5-Nov 30, 1975 Frank Reilly Mike Arens ToCT 88
No Deposit, No Return Dec 7, 1975-Feb 29, 1976 Frank Reilly & Carl Fallberg Mike Arens ToCT 89
Gus Mar 7-May 30, 1976 Carl Fallberg Mike Arens ToCT 90
Treasure of Matecumbe June 6-Aug 29, 1976 Carl Fallberg Mike Arens ToCT 91
The Shaggy D.A. Sept 5-Nov 28, 1976 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 92
Freaky Friday Dec 5, 1976-Feb 27, 1977 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 93
The Rescuers Mar 6-May 29, 1977 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 94
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo June 5-Aug 28, 1977 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 95
Pete's Dragon Sept 4-Nov 27, 1977 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 96
Candleshoe Dec 4, 1977-Feb 26, 1978 Carl Fallberg & Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 97
The Cat from Outer Space Mar 5-May 28, 1978 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 98
Hot Lead and Cold Feet June 4-Aug 27, 1978 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 99
Pinocchio Sept 3-Nov 26, 1978 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 100
The North Avenue Irregulars Dec 3, 1978-Feb 25, 1979 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 101
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Mar 4-May 27, 1979 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 102
Unidentified Flying Oddball June 3-Aug 26, 1979 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 103
The Black Hole Sept 2, 1979-Feb 24, 1980 Carl Fallberg Jack Kirby & Mike Royer ToCT 104
The Watcher in the Woods Mar 2-May 25, 1980 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 105
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark June 1-Aug 24, 1980 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 106
The Devil and Max Devlin Aug 31-Nov 23, 1980 Al Stoffel Richard Moore ToCT 107
Condorman Nov 30, 1980-Apr 12, 1981 Greg Crosby Russ Heath ToCT 108
The Fox and the Hound Apr 19-Aug 30, 1981 Jeannette Steiner Richard Moore ToCT 109
Night Crossing Sept 6, 1981-Jan 17, 1982 Jeannette Steiner Richard Moore ToCT 110
Tron Jan 24-June 6, 1981 Jeannette Steiner Richard Moore ToCT 111
Tex June 13-Sept 26, 1982 Jeannette Steiner Richard Moore ToCT 112
Mickey's Christmas Carol Oct 3-Dec 26, 1982 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore & Frank Johnson ToCT 113
Ferdinand the Bull & The Robbers Jan 2-Mar 6, 1983 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 114
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mar 13-June 26, 1983 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 115
The Adventures of Mr. Toad July 3-Sept 25, 1983 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 116
The Return of the Rescuers Oct 2-Dec 25, 1983 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 117
Dumbo, the Substitute Stork Jan 1-Mar 25, 1984 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 118
Robin Hood in: Rich John, Poor John Apr 1-June 24, 1984 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 119
Cinderella: Bibbidi-Bobbodi-Who? July 1-Sept 23, 1984 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 120
Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket: A Coat Tale Sept 30-Dec 30, 1984 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 121
Black Arrow Jan 6-Mar 31, 1985 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 122
Return to Oz Apr 7-July 14, 1985 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 123
The Black Cauldron July 21-Oct 27, 1985 Tom Yakutis Richard Moore ToCT 124
The Journey of Natty Gann Nov 3, 1985-Jan 26, 1986 Don Dougherty Richard Moore ToCT 125
The Search For Sleeping Beauty Feb 2-Apr 27, 1986 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 126
The Great Mouse Detective May 4-July 27, 1986 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 127
Song of the South Aug 3-Nov 16, 1986 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 128
Tramp's Cat-astrophe Nov 23, 1986-Feb 15, 1987 Carl Fallberg Richard Moore ToCT 129

Reprintings[edit]

In 2016, IDW Publishing and their imprint The Library of American Comics (LoAC) began to collect all the Treasury of Classic Tales stories in a definitive hardcover reprint series.[7] As of 2019, three volumes have been published, reprinting all the stories from Robin Hood (1952) through In Search of the Castaways (1962). In April 2018, it was announced that, due to the sales goal of the series not being met, the third volume may be the last one to be published.[8][9]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. pp. 393–394. ISBN 9780472117567.
  2. ^ A Revolutionary Story
  3. ^ Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Remembered
  4. ^ "The Black Hole: How Deep Is it?" by David E. Jefferson. The Collected Jack Kirby Collector v.2. p.96 Raleigh, NC: TwoMorrows Publishing, 2004. "... Disney used their Treasury of Classics Sunday comics strip as a vehicle to promote new films..."
  5. ^ Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780472117567.
  6. ^ Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 49. ISBN 9780472117567.
  7. ^ https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2016/1219/Gift-needed-for-comics-fan-Try-Walt-Disney-s-Treasury-of-Classic-Tales CS Monitor - Retrieved 2018-03-30
  8. ^ "Episode 006 with special guest Michael Barrier". loac.idwpublishing.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "Episode 006 with special guest Michael Barrier Archived 2018-04-10 at the Wayback Machine." The Library of American Comics. April 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-10

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