Happy birthday to Lustiges Taschenbuch

Posted on September 29th 2007 in Disney comics, Germany

No other book in Germany has had such a large print run for so many years. The first issue of Lustiges Taschenbuch came out on October 1st, 1947. This month, 40 years years later, the 260-page monthly pocket book celebrates its anniversary with 4 special issues. The first issue will be reprinted and made available again, and next month’s issue #369 will have a special gold/silver cover and contain 40 extra pages! Each year 13 new issues of Lustiges Taschenbuch are published. If you put all issues on a bookshelf you’ll need a shelf of 5 1/2 meters (18 feet) long to store the more than 360 books that have published so far. That’s nearly 100,000 pages of Disney comic stories!

Visit the LTB official website and see the TV commercial for the 4 special issues on the homepage. Here’s the cover of the first special issue that came out on 19 September.


Jul 3, 2008
5:29 pm
#1 Elaine Supkis wrote:

When I went to school in Germany at the end of 1967, I bought a bunch of these Uncle Scrooge comics for myself and the young boys in the family I was living with [I was not an adult].

They loved the character of Scrooge a lot! Indeed, all the German children I practiced my German on by reading these comic all loved Scrooge and the boys. And further: in German even Donald sounds totally different than the English incarnation. The technical sense was different and even more, everyone had to speak proper German which meant full titles, the proper status pronouns, etc.

Amusingly civilized!

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