Mickey Mouse and his fellow Disney cartoon characters have edged out Lenin, Agatha Christie and the Bible in one measure of world popularity, a U.N. group reports.

The magazine UNESCO Sources, prepared by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said in its March issue that Walt Disney's cartoon-illustrated stories have taken the lead in a list of most-often translated works.The Disney stories were translated into other languages 284 times in 1983, the latest year for which full statistics have been drawn up, the magazine said.

Vladimir I. Lenin, founder of the Soviet state, was second with 276 translations, followed by 262 for British mystery novelist Agatha Christie. The Bible ranked fourth, with 219 translations.