Somebody’s First Comic Book: Super Goof #46
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TITLE: Super Goof Meets Super Mind
Pencils: Tony Strobl
Inks: Steve Steere
Cover Artist: Paul Murray
Publisher: Gold Key
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: It’s clearly Goofy, Mickey Mouse’s slightly dim buddy, starring in this comic book. But… is he supposed to be a superhero? In long underwear with a towel tied around his neck? Actually, for Goofy, that kind of makes sense. Never mind.
IMPRESSIONS: We start with Goofy, flying around as Super Goof, catching a meteor , rounding up some crooks, and almost plummeting to his death when his powers run out. (Evidently he gets them for a limited time by eating “goobers” that he keeps in his hat.) When he gets home his super-genius nephew, Gilbert, chastises him for not using his mind in addition to his might to capture criminals. For a super-genius, Gilbert seems somewhat oblivious to his uncle’s true mental faculties. Goofy finds out that the criminals in town have all turned themselves in for fear of him, and decides to take a vacation. On the way, he stumbles into a stolen yacht that turned into a seafaring truck somehow, which escapes him entirely. When it becomes clear that the latest criminal in town is too sharp for Super Goof, it’s Super Gilbert to the rescue.
The comic book is actually pretty funny. The writer (who goes uncredited, and wasn’t listed on the same website where I found credits for the art team) doesn’t go to great lengths to explain why Goofy is a superhero, although since there were apparently 45 other comic books before this one, that probably wasn’t necessary for earlier readers. It wasn’t really necessary for me either – Goofy eats magic peanuts. It makes as much sense as anything else in a Disney universe.
There are two back-up stories too. In “Best in the West,” Super Goof winds up battling Goofy’s frequent foe Pete, who’s leading a band of bandits in an old west town. This is a weird one – the first story was contemporary (or at least contemporary for 1978, when it was published), but this story seems to take place in an old western setting. The depiction of the Indians here is decidedly not politically correct. There’s also a one-pager about Goofy saving a an ocean liner from an arctic ice jam, then looking for a way to warm up.
It’s a silly comic, but I liked it… and most importantly, I understood it. Even though I never knew Goofy had a nephew before.