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Disney Books

Walt Disney and his brother Roy created an animation studio in 1923, eventually turning the business into the second-largest media company in the world. Even in their early years, Disney Productions printed books for children of all ages. Big Little Books were some of the earliest forms of Disney books and include such classics as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Early publications were also made for the U.K., French, and Italian markets, eventually expanding into Russia, South America, and Asia in the post-war era.

Disney not only produced books, but also outsourced their films and storylines to various companies within the guidelines of Walt Disney Studios. After WWII, comic books were introduced to the growing line of Disney products. Their success was larger than expected and over time, grew into an entire industry all its own. Eventually, Disney Productions created book series, allowing children to obtain a monthly subscription to new additions.

Collectors today look for books and comic books in superior condition preserved over time. Also highly sought after are books signed by Walt Disney himself, especially those with a whimsical note inside along with a quick drawing of Mickey, Minnie, or various other characters.


Quick Facts

  • A early pre-war Disney book with hand-drawn characters sold at Hake’s Americana in November 2012 for $1,635
  • The early introduction of Mickey Mouse is often shrouded in mystery. Originally named Mortimer Mouse, the character struggled to find an identity until he was named Mickey Mouse
  • Though “Steamboat Willie” is noted as the most famous of early Disney films, “Plane Crazy” and “Gallopin Gaucho” were the first comics made by Walt Disney

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1936 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and His Friends Linen-Like Book ILLUSTRATED
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
1936 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and His Friends Linen-Like Book ILLUSTRATED
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
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Vintage Whitman books
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Lot of 6 Walt Disney Press Books
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"Please Read to Me" books
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"Please Read to Me" books
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $80
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Walt Disney Presents Great Ballets LP + Illustrated Book
Jun 04, 2:00 PM EDT
Walt Disney Presents Great Ballets LP + Illustrated Book
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Est: $10- $200
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Little Golden Books
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Little Golden Books
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Disney Mickey Mouse 1930 First Edition Issue Book Bibo Lang
May 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Disney Mickey Mouse 1930 First Edition Issue Book Bibo Lang
by Activity Auctions
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Disney Books


Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

One Source Auctions

One Source Auctions

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn