you start collecting Disney News?
Blame my parents. They were big
Disney fans and subscribed to Disney News for a couple of
years starting in the Fall of 1966. I inherited their Love
of Disney gene (not to mention a packrat gene), so I hung on to
all the old issues. In 1971, mom and dad started a
subscription in my name (I was 9). I never cancelled it
until Disney shut down Disney Magazine in 2005.
How did you
complete your collection?
In the mid-90's, Disney News
started selling their back issues. I very quickly ordered
the ones I needed to fill the gap from the late 60's and early
70's--it cost me over $300.00. I also ordered duplicates
to replace some of the older issues that had seen a lot of wear
and tear over the years. The only issues I was unable to
get were the first three (Winter 1965-66, Spring 1966, Summer
1966). For many years, I left the collection as it was.
Then in 2003, I started tinkering with the idea of devoting a
website to Disney News and began a search for the missing
issues. Issues 2 and 3 were quickly found on
Uncle Walt's Attic.
The very first issue remained elusive. Finally, in January
2004, I found it on eBay in near mint condition. The
collection was complete!
50% to share, 50% to show off.
I've collected many Disney items over the years, particularly
figurines and music, but the Disney News/Disney Magazine
collection is the only one that is 100% complete. I
decided I could enjoy the collection and share it only with my
friends and family (some of who are not huge Disney fans, go
figure), or I could share it with Disney fanatics from around
the world. Easy choice.
Did you scan
all the covers yourself?
Every single one. Because of that,
you'll see a fair share of creases, discolorations and mailing
labels. I've done my best to touch up some of the more
noticeable blemishes, but what you see is the collection, warts
and all. Not to worry, though. All the issues are
otherwise in excellent shape.
all the issue summaries posted yet?
Basically, because I'm slow.
Also because I wanted to get this site up as quickly as possible
after the closure of Disney Magazine. Hopefully,
posting the issues a few at a time will keep you coming back to
check the progress.
post any Disney News articles in their entirety?
I'm working on it. I've
contacted Disney, requesting permission to reprint specific
articles. I do respect copyrights, however, so until
permission is received you'll only see article summaries.
If you'd like to know more about a particular article or topic,
let me know and I'll be happy to share my thoughts with you.
On the flipside, if you have an opinion or insight--heck, if you
see something I've put on here that's dead wrong--be sure to
Is any part
of the collection for sale?
No. I occasionally sell (and
sometimes buy) Disney News/Disney Magazine issues on
eBay, but they're not from the original collection and won't be
advertised on this site.
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