This will be the first posting of a yearbook with art directly from the Disney studio. I’d like to share a couple of these, which I’m searching to find copies of. This is the only one I’ve seen so far from a college, though (and the only one after the early 30s). This art in this yearbook was provided directly by the Disney studio. Unlike Douglas High School, Disney may have been compensated for using the drawings. However, USC probably would’ve only had to pay for the art directly from the studio. Back then, studios didn’t care if their characters were used.
A couple of the drawings look to be made for this book. Others come from war insignias, posters, etc. Some are from the Donald Duck comic strip, such as the school supplies one and the one where Donald Duck in bandages. Many characters were used here, notably Donald Duck. The characters are used sporadically in the yearbook, over five hundred pages long. The Disney characters are just an added bonus to this well-produced reflection on their 1942 class year. While most come from elsewhere, it’s still fun to look at.
The drawing of Donald holding a degree seems made for this (or a different for a war training camp or another university). The victory march drawing looks like a cover of the Mickey Mouse magazine, which was originally not war themed. The drawing of Donald on the phone has been used endlessly and adapted from a 1938 strip featured below. The origins of the freshman varsity drawing comes from another Disney publicity drawing featuring Donald ranking celebrities which is also displayed below.
Thanks to Dave Gerstein for helping identify all of these image origins.