Indicia dated 1963, this 80-page tome was available for the 1962 holiday season back in a time when Christmas was still identified as such.
Gold Key published Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade from 1963 to 1972. For a quarter readers were immersed in 80-pages, including front and back inside covers, of seasonal stories – for the most part. Factoring inflation, that quarter translates to $2.05 in today’s funds. Whether these are reprints or not is unclear, but they appear to be.
Carl Bark’s Duck family is heavily featured in the book. Of the 11 shorts, six are Donald or Uncle Scrooge-centric. This includes the untitled opening tale. Donald and nephews attempt to provide there miserly uncle with a Christmas gift he’s never had: the spirit of the season.
Mickey and Goofy pair to stop ne’er do wells as they fleece motorists on their way for vacation.
Not a Disney mainstay, but part of the stable, Li’l Bad Wolf and dad are the stars of the next story. The wee wolf helps his father and saves Christmas for one of the three little pigs.
Brer Rabbit is a “Hoodwinked Helper” as the wicked witch attempts to steal the joy of a white Christmas from the woodland folk. Next up, Ludwig Von Drake foils a diamond heist in the “Cuckoo Clock-Caper.”
Donald and Daisy are up next with another adventure. Duckburg Square is in need of the annual Christmas Tree. Scrooge has “untold acres” of firs, but is reluctant to part with any for fear of income lost in donated timber.
Chip and Dale “Share and Share Alike” when Donald chops down there new home.
Not a Christmas story, but tossed in for good measure, “Adventure in Gluey Woods” showcases Donald and the nephews.
Not to be short changed, Mickey and his nephews are up next with “The Early Christmas.”
Gyro Gearloose unleashes a sequel to Them when Huey, Duey and Luey try to get out of chores.
Finally, the Duck nephews and nieces combine forces to help Scrooge stop the Beagle Boys from stealing all the Christmas trees in the “Flying Firs.”
Oh, and Ludwig Van Duck makes an appearance in another Uncle Scrooge short.Read More