Noel Van Horn
Noel Van Horn

Noel Charles Van Horn was born on July 6, 1968 in San Francisco. When Noel was a child his father William worked in cartoon animation. Noel met many interesting people in his father’s studio during this time and thus decided quite early to become an artist himself.

When the Van Horn family moved to North Vancouver in 1980 Noel went to school there.

After he had finished school he studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver where he graduated in animation.

Noel drew stories with characters of his own by depicting realistic situations in a comic style. He was inspired by his father’s big comic-book collection. Especially he liked to read Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories.

In 1992 Noel met the Egmont editors Bob Foster und Byron Erickson. Bill’s son would have loved to draw stories featuring Bucky Bug, but Byron Erickson was looking for Mickey artists and instructed Noel to form the mouse’s character vividly and with an American touch.

cover of MM 260

Noel Van Horn was looking forward to his comic work. Before he officially began to work for Egmont in 1993, however, he practised his drawing style for 18 months. In his first works for Egmont Noel illustrated scripts sent to him. Over the years he started to write stories of his own, which took him more time, of course. Models for his stories are the famous mouse artist Floyd Gottfredson and his father William.

Today Noel is a freelancing full-time artist at Egmont. Like his father he works at home in his own studio. Together with Cèsar Ferioli and Rodriques Noel is one of the most experienced Mickey artists of the Egmont team. For the 75th anniversary of Bucky Bug that Noel drew a four-page comic featuring the funny beetle, following a script by Don Markstein. Interestingly, the lettering of this story, which was produced by American publisher Gemstone, was done by Noel’s father William. In another collaboration of the two Van Horns William slightly rewrote one of Noel’s stories since it was better suited for Donald than for Mickey. This story was drawn by the father, too (D97482).

panel from D99302

Noel uses many of his father’s stylistic devices for his page design. Double frames and stacked panels are among them as well as appearances of funny birds and mosquitoes. Noel’s mosquitoes are sometimes larger than those of his father William. Some of the flying bloodsuckers even have real facial expressions.

So far Noel has drawn more than 100 stories, over 50 of which he wrote himself.

Noel Van Horn and his wife Jaqueline live in Vancouver. They have a son called Robert.

In recent years, Egmont strongly reduced the production of Mickey Mouse comics. Noel was asked to do Duck stories instead. His short work sample met the editors’ approval, and in 2010 Noel began to write and draw tales about Donald, Scrooge, and the nephews.

Thus, the world loses one of its most gifted Mouse artists – but William Van Horn wins a worthy successor.

panel from GEM107
 
Disney comics by Noel Van Horn
Storycode Hero Title Pages U.S. publications
D91221 GO Fine Art 1 p.  
 
Script: Gorm Transgaard
D92099 GO TV-Dinner 1 p. WDC 631
 
Script: Gorm Transgaard
D92102 GO A Bright Idea 1 p.  
 
Script: Per Hedman
D92129 MM Hatchet Mishap 1 p.  
 
Script: Bo Torstensen
D92130 MM Patio Problems 1 p.  
 
Script: Bo Torstensen
D92133 MM The Sunshine Collector 1 p.  
 
Script: Bo Torstensen
D92530 GO Show The Way 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D92563 MM Tiring Work 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D93014 GO The Art Freak 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D93022 MM What A Feeling 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D93025 GO Stacking Plan 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D93027 GO Adapting Methods 1 p.  
 
Script: Lasse Andersen, Lars Jacobsen
D93079 MM Stirring Up A Hornet’s Nest 1 p.  
 
Script: Per Hedman
D93392 MM Hocus Pocus Hypnosis 6 p. WDC 620
 
Script: John Lustig
D93393 MM Something Fishy 1 p. WDC 630
 
Script: John Lustig
D93394 GO Peek-A-Boo Bunny 2 p.  
 
Script: John Lustig
D93497 MM Digging Up Trouble 8 p.  
 
Script: David Gerstein
D93555 MM On Your Marquee 10 p.  
 
Script: Bob Ingersoll
D93601 MM Pasta Mousetrianni 8 p.  
 
Script: Susan Marengo
D93605 MM Spytown 8 p.  
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D94025 MM Plain Brown Wrapper 6 p. DD 336
 
Script: Susan Marengo
D94074 MM The Sure Cure 7 p. DD 334
 
Script: Michael T. Gilbert
D94234 MM A Load Of Hot Air 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn, David O’Connor
D95054 MM Alas, Alee! 10 p.  
 
Script: Sarah Kinney
D95087 MM The Icy Touch 10 p. US 317
 
Script: Janet Gilbert
D95122 MM The Cavern In The Shifting Sands 10 p. WDC 617
 
Script: David Gerstein
D95156 MM Tracked! 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D96087 MM Fishing For Trouble 8 p. WDC 628
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D96111 MM Off On A Comet 10 p. WDC 626
 
Script: Byron Erickson
D96218 MM The Ghost Train 16 p. WDC 630–631
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D96328 MM No Trouble At All 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D96347 MM Brawling For Apples 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D96431 MM Sweet Misery 8 p. MM 259
 
Script: John Lustig
D97046 MM Bully For Birds 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D97242 MM Horsefeathers 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D97468 MM Mutts Ahoy 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D97529 MM Sandgate 18 p. VPE 3
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D98018 MM Goofy Extra Large 10 p.  
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D98173 MM Demolished In The Deep 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D98199 MM Faulty Circuits 10 p. WDC 679
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D98293 MM Is This House Haunted? 9 p. MM 257
 
Script: Don Markstein
D98361 MM Stale Curiosity 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D98394 MM No Thanks For The Buggy Ride 10 p. DD 318
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D98398 MM The Jesting Sword 10 p.  
 
Script: Janet Gilbert
D98461 MM Surefoot Jones 10 p. MM 261
 
Script: Don Markstein
D99006 MM Idle Genius 10 p. DD 308
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D99015 GO Bell, Book And Goofy 7 p. MM 269
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D99119 MM The Dictator From The Future 10 p. MM 264
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D99148 MM Danger In The Darkroom 11 p.  
 
Script: Dave Rawson
D99157 MM The Planet Muncher 20 p. MM 260
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D99159 MM Robojunk 10 p.  
 
Script: Paul Halas
D99163 MM Mickey For Mayor 10 p. WDC 653
 
Script: Don Markstein
D99226 MM Soda Jerk 10 p. WDC 646
 
Script: Dave Rawson
D99301 MM Day Of The Joker 10 p. WDC 645
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D99302 MM Lizard On The Loose 10 p. WDC 643
 
Script: Don Markstein
D2000-003 MM I Scream, You Scream 10 p. MM 272
 
Script: Sarah Kinney
D2000-004 MM The Quest For Quasar 10 p. MM 295
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D2000-129 MM Too Many Goofs 10 p. WDC 648
 
Script: Sarah Kinney
D2001-012 MM Why Spy? 16 p. MM 273
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D2001-018 MM The Ice-Park Cometh 10 p.  
 
Script: Sarah Kinney
D2001-036 MM A Bite Too Far 10 p.  
 
Script: Paul Halas
D2001-082 MM The Mouse Who Knew Too Much 10 p. DD 330
 
Script: Pat McGreal, Carol McGreal
D2001-130 MM Flip Mickey 16 p. MM 291
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D2002-069 MM Addressee Unknown 10 p.  
 
Script: Don Markstein
D2002-178 MM Airwave Pirates 7 p.  
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D2002-190 MM Reverting Raptors 10 p. WDC 672
 
Script: Pat McGreal, Carol McGreal
D2002-216 MM Rocky Road To Ruin 10 p.  
 
Script: Don Markstein
D2003-125 MM A Worthless Trinket 10 p.  
 
Script: Paul Halas
D2004-206 MM Stir Crazy 10 p. WDC 688
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2004-225 MM By Hook Or By Crook 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2005-060 MM Iceberg Let Us Alone 16 p.  
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
D2005-270 MM Signs 10 p. WDC 686
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2006-041 MM Fame 10 p. WDC 694
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2006-130 MM Amnesia 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2006-182 MM Tradition 10 p. WDC 697
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2006-222 MM Suspicion 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2006-279 MM Prometheus 10 p. WDC 693
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2007-002 MM The Mouse Collector 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2007-183 MM Whitewash 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2007-194 HDL No Cheese, Please 5 p.  
 
Script: Kai Vainiomäki
D2007-213 MM Predictably Oblivious 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2007-241 MM Flotsam 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2007-450 MM Metamorphosis 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2008-002 MM Legend 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2008-132 MM The Memory Tree 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2008-230 MM Daydreams 7 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2008-396 MM Cosmos 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2008-397 GO Labyrinth 7 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2009-124 MM Tick-Tock Doc 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2009-196 GO Creature Comforts 7 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2009-210 MM Foolproof 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2009-223 GY Economical Intelligence 6 p.  
 
Script: Olaf Moriarty Solstrand
D2009-264 MM Quirks 7 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2009-265 MM Bonanza 7 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2010-087 DD Misfired Mischief 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2010-101 DD The Ferocious Feast 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-009 DD The Squalid Squire 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-021 US The Confounded Con Man 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-038 US The Frost Giant’s Sorceress 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-056 MDS The Djinni’s Dusty Wish 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-074 HLP Vigilante 7 p.  
 
Script: Olaf Moriarty Solstrand
D2011-109 US The Gordian Knot 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-156 US Fowl Welcher 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2011-157 HDL The Keepsake Sea 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2012-034 DD The Money Box 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2012-035 GY The Human Touch 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2012-093 DD Wall Of Sound 6 p.  
 
Script: Byron Erickson
D2012-107 MDS Belle, Book, And Bungle 10 p.  
 
Script: Lars Jensen
D2012-120 DD The Illustrious Loser 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2012-121 GL The Lucky Jinx 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
D2012-150 DD Proof In The Pics 10 p.  
 
Script: Mark Shaw, Laura Shaw
D2012-159 US Buggy Blitz 10 p.  
 
Script: Mark Shaw, Laura Shaw
D2012-161 US When Magica Won 10 p.  
 
Script: Olaf Moriarty Solstrand
D2013-092 US Forgotten Archaeology 10 p.  
 
Script: Mark Shaw, Laura Shaw
D2014-126 US Wild About A Dime 6 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2000-013 MM Shadows 10 p. WDC 636
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2001-003 MM Checkmate 10 p. WDC 634
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2002-010 MM The Domesticated Mouse 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2002-016 MM Sticky Business 10 p. SFE 2
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2002-031 GO The Barter System 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2003-001 MM The Kite Fight 9 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2003-011 MM Mickey’s Guilty Secret 8 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2003-027 MM Kismet 18 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2003-030 MM Hoodwinked 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2003-050 MM Memento 12 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2004-008 MM Go-Carts 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
DD2004-037 MM As Ye Sow So Shall Ye Mow 10 p.  
 
Script: Stefan Petrucha
DD2005-041 MM The Wildwood 10 p.  
 
Script: Noel Van Horn
GEM107 BU Bucky’s Birthday Party 4 p. WDC 677
 
Script: Don Markstein

Abbreviations used

Heroes: BU Bucky Bug   DD Donald Duck   GL Gladstone Gander   GO Goofy   GY Gyro Gearloose   HDL Hewey, Dewey & Louie   HLP Helper   MDS Magica De Spell   MM Mickey Mouse   US Uncle Scrooge

Series: DD Donald Duck   MM Mickey Mouse   SFE Spring Fever   US Uncle Scrooge   VPE Vacation Parade (Gemstone)   WDC Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories

 
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