Dark Horse Comics is expanding its slate of Disney books this October with Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse. This joins other titles like Incredibles and Frozen. The classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel is adapted into comic form starring Mickey, Goofy, and Pegleg Pete. It’s written by Teresa Radice and illustrated by Stefano Turconi.
Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse follows Jim Mousekins (I’ll give you three guesses as to who plays him) as his dream of a life of adventure is suddenly realized. A mysterious man known only as “The Captain” starts staying at Jim’s family’s inn and has the boy looking out for “the cat with one hind paw.” The Captain tells frightening stories of wild places, disappearances, and the wicked sea-faring pirate, Blot.
Jim finds a treasure map in the captain’s wooden chest and sets out on an ocean voyage with some friends and a hired crew. Trouble strikes as they reach land as a gang of scheming pirates, hidden among the crew, forces Jim and his friends to run for their lives. Jim has to find the treasure and make it back to the ship and out to sea before the pirates capture them and make them walk the plank.
I’m a big advocate for kids comics and you can’t get much more kid-friendly than Disney. I still don’t entirely understand why these titles are farmed out to Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing instead of going through Marvel, but I’m glad they exist. We’re not going to get a new generation of comic fans if they don’t start reading and enjoying them earlier in life.
Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse is set for release on October 31st, 2018, just in time for the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. The 104-page graphic novel will retail for $10.99. It’s currently available for pre-order at your local comic shop and Amazon.