Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated short in the Fall of 1928 and was an instant hit.
By the next Summer:
The popular Mickey cartoons piqued the interest of J.V. Connelly of King Features Syndicate, who proposed the release of a Mickey Mouse comic strip as early as June 1929. The Disney Studio soon went to work on extending Mickey’s adventures onto the pages of newspapers, with Walt Disney writing the stories and Ub Iwerks creating the drawings.
Yes, the comic strip began as a collaboration by Mickey’s co-creators (with Win Smith inking).
Unlike Popeye, who last year turned 90 in newspaper comic strips, the comic strip Mickey never got that old. Newspaper Mickey retired at age 65 in 1995. His last strips being produced by Colette Bezio and Thomas Lewis. Yes, that T. Lewis.