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Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #512
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January 4th, 2014 by Rusty

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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #512 cover

Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #512

Date: November 1986
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2014 Price Range: $2.00 – $18.00
Stats: 30 color pages plus “A Gander at Gladstone” and house ads
Writers: Daan Jippes, Tom Yakutis, Carl Barks, Carl Fallberg
Artists: Daan Jippes, Fred Milton, Walt Disney Studios, Carl Barks, Paul Murry
Notable Notes: Donald and Gladstone get into a fierce competition!

How Would You Use An Old Boat?

The lead story in this comic is about a competition between 2 ducks – a competition to see who can make the most money from an old boat. That is kind of a cool idea! As I started reading it I thought of a few ways the ducks could make money… but alas, it was nothing compared to what they thought of! Both Donald and Gladstone came up with some clever and devious ways to get the most out of their old clunkers!

Synopsis:

In the first story Donald and his cousin Gladstone are chosen by the city of Duckburg to test the business skills of two average citizens. The two of them go at each others’ throats from the get go, and come up with several clever (and some not-so-ethical) ways to make the most money. In the end Donald goes a little too far and gets into trouble – imagine that!

Next up was a Wuzzles story in which 3 “mean” Wuzzles try to trick some of the others into taking care of them – their schemes backfire of course.

Third in the list was “Mixed-up Mixer”, where Gyro Gearloose gets called upon to help his grandmother stem the tide of rising water near her house. Gyro comes up with all kinds of clever solutions, but in the end his grandma makes better use of his inventions than he does!

Finally we are treated to part 2 of Mickey and Goofy’s railroad story. (Part one was in last month’s issue) In this one their boss is angry at them for “losing” so many of the train cars. The 2 of them come up with a couple of plans to stop the loss of cars, but they don’t quite work. Finally they stick with the train 24/7 – and that doesn’t make the robbers very happy!

Oh, and there is a 1-page Donald and Scrooge story about the 2 of them sneaking into the symphony and paying a dear price for it!

My 2 Cents:

  • Stories: 3 stars – I’m a duck fan, so I liked those stories better – but in this issue they really did seem to be heads-and-tails above the other ones! The Wuzzle story, especially, was pretty low quality.
  • Art: 5 stars – Even though all the stories weren’t that great, the art for all of them was beautiful! I can’t complain about Disney art, that’s for sure!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The over-whelming strength of the 2 duck stories made the issue really fun to read. The Mickey story was good too!

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