Growing up I read many Walt Disney Comics. One of my main sources was the great "Walt Disney Comics Digest" put out by Gold Key Comics/Western Publications. I liked many of the comics they reprinted, but among the best were the "duck stories", especially the longer Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge adventures, by Carl Barks (tho like many of us, I would learn who Barks was many years later) and the Mickey Mouse stories by Floyd Gottfredson (tho it was much later that I learned his name as well).
I also came to learn that the great Mickey Mouse adventure stories by Gottfredson were actually reprints of the daily and Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strips. But what was frustrating, was that while Carl Barks materials were reprinted completely several times (and now are again being reprinted by Fantagraphics), no one had done a comprehensive reprint of Gottfredson's work. Until now.
Fantagraphics started off doing volumes reprinting the dailies. They have done 4 of what should be 15 total (the fifth is on the way). But it seemed there were no plans on doing the Sundays. The attitude seemed to be that the Sundays were only gag strips. Many don't realize that in the early days of comic strips, sometimes dailies and Sundays had different story lines. And for some characters, the Sundays were sometimes standalone gag strips. Only later was it the style to merge dailies and Sundays into a single storyline, but some strips never even did that.
However, I had several Mickey Mouse adventure stories taken from the Sundays. So I knew it wasn't true. And while Gottfredson worked on the dailies for many years, he only did the Sundays for about 4 years. Thus the Sundays will be done in 2 volumes, an so this box with both volumes, have them all.
The Sunday volumes follow the same size and format as the dailies. A great introductory essay or two that gives info on the strip and the current set of stories. Then the stories, broken up into distinct storylines with some introductory info on each. Then followed up by a variety of extras: info on the reprinting of the stories (reprinting some of the covers of these collections, which find cool, especially if I've gotten one of them), info on the major secondary characters, other background info, and sometimes bonus material in the form of stuff like sequels done oversees and never seen in the US!
Volume 1 has about 4 years of dailies, 1932 to 1935. And because of how they are done, unlike the dailies, we get gag strips intermixed with continuing stories. In fact the first 7 months are nothing but gag strips. Then we start getting stories.
"Dan the Dogcatcher" is a short story were Mickey & his dog Pluto must contend with a mean dogcatcher. Its actually based on a Mickey Mouse short cartoon.
"Mickey's Nephews" is, I believe, the first appearance in the comic strips of Mickey's nephew's, Morty and Fertie, who would become semi-regulars, tho not to the level of Huey, Louie and Dewey in Donald Duck.
"Lair of Wolf Barker" is a story I had read in reprint in one of Gladstone's comics albums. This is another great MM adventure story set in the West, where Mickey & Minnie must deal with a dastardly bandit.
"Rumplewatt the Giant" & "Tanglefoot pulls his Weight" are a couple of fun short stories. The first is a fairy tale like Jack the Giant Killer, while the second deals with Mickey's horse Tanglefoot.
"Dr. Oofgay's Secret Serum" has Mickey and the gang off on a camping trip, where they encounter a mad (tho not evil) scientist.
"Foray to Mt Fishlake" has Mickey and the gang off on another trip, this time a mountain climbing expedition. Which, of course, goes array.
"The Case of the Vanishing Coats" is a fun little mystery story that co-stars Donald Duck! He had appeared with Mickey in some dailies, sometimes as a team with Goofy as well.
"Hoppy the Kangaroo" is another story I had read in reprint. It has a kangaroo which Mickey tries to use in fights.
Volume 2 has about 3 years of dailies, 1936 to 1938. And because of how they are done, unlike the dailies, we get gag strips intermixed with continuing stories. These are the stories:
"Mickey's Rival" has Mickey going up against Mortimer Mouse as a rival.
"Helpless Helpers" has Mickey being "helped" in his home repairs by Donald and Goofy.
"The Robin Hood Adventure" is a story I had read in reprint. A fun story were Mickey shows up in the world of Robin Hood.
"The Ventriloquist" has Mickey learning ventriloquism, with the expected disastrous results.
"Sheriff of Nugget Gulch" is another story I had read in reprint, and another fun story set in the West. This time the villain is Pegleg Pete.
"Service with a Smile" has Mickey running a gas station, but not very well.
"The Brave Little Tailor" is yet another story I had read in reprint, and is another story putting Mickey into a classic tale that is based on a well done Mickey cartoon.
To help fill out the volume, we get some later work of Gottfredson. We get a bunch of fill in work by him from the 50s to the 70s, tho the style is more in line with the then current Mickey comic strip.
Then we get work he did on the Donald Duck Sunday comic and many the Treasure of Classic Tales strip in the 60s. These included stories with Lambert the Sheepish Lion, the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and the 101 Dalmatians.
These are 2 great volumes, and I recommend getting the box set as you actually save money over the individual volumes.