You’re looking at the earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse, cir. 1928, by Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks. You’ll note that even though the face changed, Disney and Iwerks knew from the very beginning that Mickey’s iconic circular ears would pretty much always stay in the same place on his head, no matter what he was doing.
80 years ago yesterday, on August 16 1930, animator Ub Iwerks debuted “Fiddlesticks”, the first cartoon to combine both color and sound into one package. Iwerks had created Mickey Mouse for Walt Disney eight years earlier, and while Fiddlesticks the Frog starred in 38 cartoons, he never had the longevity of Mickey.