On this day in 1932, the first Mickey Mouse Color Sunday comic by Floyd Gottfredson premiered. Exactly one week before, the very first Mickey Mouse Color Sunday comic strip done by Earl Duvall dazzled readers.
It doesn’t get more pop iconic than Mickey Mouse. From young to old, Mickey Mouse is known by all. His bright bubbly personality and fun adventures captured the American audience as well as the world. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum pays homage to this fixture in pop culture history in their “When Heroes Unite” gallery.
Mickey made his début on May 15, 1928 when he starred in “Plane Crazy” a silent cartoon at the time. “Plane Crazy” and another silent cartoon “Gallopin’ Gaucho” were of no interest to the American public. What could Walt Disney do to make Mickey Mouse accepted by the public? The answer was simple, add sound. On November 18, 1928 “Steamboat Willie” was released with a full soundtrack and a voice for Mickey. The loveable mouse began to capture the hearts of America and the World.
As in true iconic fashion, Mickey Mouse was marketed and advertised. He had a television show and became the official logo for Disney. Mickey’s likeness was found on everything from soap to t-shirts. One of the most popular items is the Mickey Mouse wrist watch with his arms keeping track of time. This watch was released in 1933, sold for $3.75, and was made with either a leather strap or metal bracelet. Today we can find Mickey Mouse watches made of gold and encrusted with diamonds.
Mickey Mouse is a character that has captured the hearts of many. His adventures are not only entertaining, but educational. Come on down to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and experience the most recognizable pop culture icon of our time.