21. A temporary assignment

When Iwerk left Disney, Walt scripted Mickey, assigning the art to Win Smith.

Smith was given the script and art after Disney chose animation, so he quickly resigned. Not pleased with his decision. Floyd Gottfredson, who had just been hired, was chosen as Smith’s replacement.

He was eager, but wasn’t as keen on the Mickey assignment.

Disney assured him it would just be temporary and he accepted. Gottfredson’s ‘temporary assignment’ ended up running from May 5, 1930 to November 15, 1975.