Just got my own copy of this collection of Snow White stories by Romano Scarpa and Guido Martina today. Wow, great job all around! They're not restored with new coloring like the IDW books, but the reproduction is serviceable and the new scripts suit the 'mature' tone. They don't get quite as goofy or aimless as the later Duck and Mouse stories, but they are wild. I'd say they're in line with the Mouse stories these guys did in the '50s, which is all-to-the-good.
Despite what the description says, it's a hardback. So it's very much worth the cheap price tag for 164 pages of color content.
I don't want to have to join Facebook just to see it. Can't some scan a page or two and post them here? The image is blocked by the Facebook sign-in box.
That story was in the French Romana Scarpa Library! And in the same coloring if I'm not mistaken. (The same weird coloring. I mean, look at Snow and Grimhilde's dresses, they're all wrong!) Quite a good story by the way. The Snow White stories were definitely the highlight of that first Scarpa volume, even if the other stories were fun too.
I kinda have a mixed opinion on the stories. They tend to lack the enchantment that I'd expect from Snow White stories, and focus too much on annoying situations/characters.
The first story, "Menace of the Witch's Ruby" is especially bad in that regard, with possible the most pointless character ever created for a Disney comic: Piperito Serapè, a stereotypical Mexican parrot who shows up as a narrator and friend to Dopey... just, why?? Oh, and by the way, that was his only appearance.
"Throne of Diamonds" shows some improvement... with an interesting dynamic between the Evil Queen and Jiminy Cricket, of all people!
"The Secret of the Eighth Dwarf" is, in my opinion, the best one of the bunch. Turns out, there was an 8th Dwarf all along! (His name is Breezy in the English version, by the way). He left the Dwarves to go seek adventure and riches, but is ashamed to see his brothers again because he got nothing... an interesting character arc and the story actually feels emotional.
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