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Uncle Scrooge #112
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July 25th, 2013 by Rusty

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Uncle Scrooge #112 cover

Uncle Scrooge #112

Date: June 1974
Publisher: Whitman Comics (Gold Key)
Cover Price: 20¢
2013 Price Range: $4.00 – $60.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus ads
Writer and Artist: Carl Barks
Notable Notes: A reprint of Uncle Scrooge #18 from June 1957

Do You Dream of Money?

I have a special place in my heart for Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck and the 3 nephews. I have loved these Walt Disney characters for a long time, and a big part of the reason for that love is that I read many duck comics (like this one!) when I was a kid. The great art, classic adventures and funny stories were a blast to read! After reading Uncle Scrooge #211 for the first post of this site I figured it was high time to give another one of these classics a try.

Synopsis:

“Land of the Pygmy Indians” : Uncle Scrooge gets tired of the crowded life and polluted air in Duckburg, so he buys 1,000 acres of supposedly uninhabited land north of Lake Superior. He then gets Donald and the 3 nephews to fly in with him and take a look at his new land. The water is crystal clear and the air is pure, but Scrooge is having a hard time not seeing all its potential monetary values. After camping for the night, the crew discovers a tribe of small Indians called the Peeweegah, who have seen the ducks wandering about and want them to leave. But Scrooge isn’t going that easily – and he figures these Indians now owe him rent. The ducks capture one of the Indians but the tables are turned after the native uses animals to help his escape and capture the ducks. The Indians give them one chance to prove their honor by allowing Donald the chance to catch a giant king sturgeon fish – which (miraculously) he does! The ducks are free to go, but not until the they share an overly powerful smoke from the tribe’s peace pipe – which is enough to cure their desire to be in this beautiful country.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – The story idea itself was cool, but there were some very un-politically-correct references to the natives. I guess that comes partly from when the story was originally written. Minus 1 star for that.
  • Art: 5 stars – Carl Barks is a wonderful artist, and he didn’t disappoint in this issue! The ducks, Indians, landscape and colors were all beautifully drawn!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – I’m a sucker for Disney duck stories, but this one was extra fun. Not only were the story and art good, but there were several subtle Easter-egg jokes drawn in as well – which brought a smile to my face many times!

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