Charles Solomon: You’ve said that Mickey predates Walt?

John Hench: Mickey is an old concept, but he’s been fleshed out. I think he should be recognized as a fertility symbol or a life symbol. I think you can find the beginnings of Mickey in the Stone Age carvings, that are what, 25,000  years old? You can find the beginning of this kind of symbol in the Stone Age carvings that were known as the Venus of Willendorf. It’s a series of circular forms joined together in a certain way to symbolize life. I think that that’s what the word “fertility” meant when people called it a fertility symbol. I tried to explain that to a series of doctors, but I never got a rise out of them at all.

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