Dispatch From Disney's File Copy, Original Sketc
Dispatch From Disney's File Copy, Original Sketch, and Related Item Group (Disney, 1943). One of the rarest Disney publications of all time was a wonderfully produced digest-sized publication called Dispatch From Disney's. This unusual publication was sent only to Disney employees stationed in the armed forces, plus a few selected others, and is decidedly different from most Disney publications. The original edition included a loose, folded pull-out of nude "Pin-Up" art that Walt would normally never allow in any publication bearing his name. This booklet has recently been posted online, but without this key item, or several fold-outs included in the magazine itself. In addition to a copy of the Dispatch, Disney Studios kept a related file with a notebook (marked "return to Ralph Parker") filled with copies of correspondence, news clippings, and a few actual letters, including one from Fawcett Publications, home of Captain Marvel. In addition, an original sketch is included, in ink and pastels on teal-colored construction paper measuring approximately 10" x 6", showing Walt in "conference" with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. The art is unsigned, but is drawn in the loose style of long-time Disney staffer Roy Williams. The art is in Excellent condition; the booklet has some minor insect damage along the lower front cover that has left a small hole through the paper and a few areas of color loss, but is otherwise in Fine condition. The correspondence and clipping range from Very Good to Excellent. WWII Disney archive material like this, not to mention the Dispatch booklet itself, simply do not appear on the auction block often, so if Disney your thing, this lot is not to be missed.