Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gobble, gobble...

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends from your neighbor north of the 49th.

Today's post features the original "rough" art for the November 1947 issue of Western Family magazine. The art was created by legendary Disney Publicity and Merchandise Department artist Hank Porter. Porter created well over a dozen different covers for Western Family.

An October 1947
note from Western Family Editor, Audree Lyons regarding this particular cover read in part: “Dear Hank. Just a note to express thanks from all of us over here for the fine job you did on our Thanksgiving cover. We...are very pleased with the looks of the cover...thank you – again – for an excellent job.”

A letter from the editor published in the Thanksgiving issue read, “We’re always being asked to use more Walt Disney characters on our covers. Seems that many of our readers save the covers, frame them for the walls of their children’s rooms. It’s an idea, if your child sighs for Mickey Mouse. Our friend, Hank Porter, of the Disney Studios, drew this Thanksgiving cover for us.”


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mickey, Donald, Pluto and the Boy Scouts

Another piece of publicity art created at the Disney Studio for the Boy Scouts of America. This illustration was created in 1935 and appeared in an issue of Boy's Life magazine, which I acquired last month.

The caption under Walt Disney's signature line reads, "This cartoon was prepared especially for the Jamboree Journal. The cancellation of that Event permits us to print it here."

It appears Mickey is referring to Donald as a "Tenderfoot," which was the first rank earned as a Boy Scout. Judging by the amount of gear he carries, I think Donald has taken the Scout motto "be prepared" to heart.

Walt Disney was also a Tenderfoot. He went on to be awarded the Silver Buffalo, which is currently on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

To read more about Walt Disney and the Scout movement and to see additional pieces of art created at the Studio for the organization, please visit an earlier post on my blog by clicking