Dante inspires Mickey’s Inferno comic strip

18 Oct

Mickey’s Inferno

 Mickey’s Inferno” ( in Italian:  L’inferno di Topolino) is a parody to The Divine Comedy.  It is a comic strip created by Dwight Decker and David Gerstein(translations). Dante inspired the authors to write this comic strip in terza rima stanzas as well as cantos, which were originally used in Dante’s Inferno.  The comic strip’s number was ironically 666.  David Gerstein says that canto thirteen is missing. Did the authors have a superstition?

In the comic strip Mickey is portrayed as Dante and Goofy is Virgil Mickey’s guide through the levels of hell. 

In The Divine Comedy,  Dante has many famous people appear throughout the story, such as  Homer, Socrates, Aristotle, and others.  Also, in “Mickey’s Inferno” there are many popular disney characters that appear throughout the comic strip, for example:  Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, the Big Bad Wolf, etc.

Work Cited:

L’inferno di Topolino.  10-10-49.  C.O.A. I.N.D.U.C.K.S. <>

“Wikipedia”.  Inferno (Dante).  10-14-10.  <>


Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Dante


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7 responses to “Dante inspires Mickey’s Inferno comic strip

  1. Alana

    October 22, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I think that it is really cool that the comic is not only about Dante’s journey through hell but also that the comic was written in the form of cantos. I would really like to read some of these comics one day. Do they still make Mickey’s Inferno comics today?

  2. Tiffany

    October 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I think it was a one time thing.. but you can buy it on ebay:) I seen it on there and it’s not too expensive.

  3. Keri

    October 25, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Danta was and is very influencing in a wide variety of topics. It is very interesting in how many topics Danta had a affect on. I like the comic strip, it is different because it is illistrated. When was this comic strip published?

  4. Jordan Bruns

    October 25, 2010 at 3:06 am

    No I’m pretty sure the comic was just a special edition.

  5. Sammie

    October 25, 2010 at 5:16 am

    This is probably my favorite blog depicting Dante’s influence. I think it’s an extremely unique way of sharing this classic piece of literature with people. The comic strip allows a much easier comprehension of the story. The humor combined with the characters that we all know and love makes for an excellent read!

  6. victoria

    October 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I wonder how controversial this was? Mickey Mouse is a childrens cartoon. I dont think that any adult or child watching Mickey Mouse “no affence” would know or see the connections to Dante’s Inferno. I was actualy pretty shocked that this dark of writing could be allowed to show to children through a cartoon. I might be overdramatizing, but it appears to me that this was a little overkill for represetation of Dante.

  7. Jon A.

    November 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Actually, it wouldn’t have been controversial when it was initially published. It was first printed in Italy beginning in the October 10, 1949 issue of Topolino. (“Topolino” is Italian for “Mickey Mouse.”) The story was serialized, with the conclusion in the March 1950 Toplino. Dante Alighieri is as distinguished among Italian-speakers as William Shakespeare is among English-speakers, so the topic wasn’t controversial or obscure to the audience it was printed for. Everyone, including children, would have been familiar with the original and understood the connections between the two stories.

    The American reprint was published in 2006 in “Walt Disney Comics and Stories” #666 (I’m sure the issue number was intended), a $6.95 square-bound comic. It wasn’t the type of publication an 8-year-old would be spending his or her allowance money on. The magazine’s target audience was adults who were into Disney comic book nostalgia, not children. In fact, I doubt any children (or parents of young children) ever heard of it, unless it was through a Disney comic enthusiast who would have explained the context.


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