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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #246
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April 6th, 2013 by Rusty

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Walt Disney's Donald Duck #246 cover

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #246

Date: October 1986
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 Price Range: $3.00 – $26.00
Stats: 32 color pages plus Gladstone info and 2 house ads
Writer & Artist: Carl Barks
Notable Notes: The first issue by Gladstone!

Raiders Of The Lost Stamp?

After reading Uncle Scrooge and the Prize of Pizarro as the first review for this blog, I realized that I enjoy adventure stories – especially ones that are set in the jungle. This comic is another classic adventure story from the early days of Disney comics. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones films, but with Donald Duck and his nephews filling in as the down-on-their-luck main characters. This is an excellent book and a prime example of how classic comics can be better than modern ones!

Synopsis:

This issue begins with Donald explaining to his nephews how stamp collecting can be big money, and telling them about a rare, $50,000 stamp somewhere in the country of British Guiana. The four of them raise enough money to travel there, and spend a lot of time in fruitless searches for the 1¢ magenta stamp of 1856. After rescuing an old man he tells them about a golden man deep in the jungle who is rumored to have one of the precious stamps. The group goes searching and soon discovers the jealous leader who nearly makes them dead ducks! (ha! Pun intended!) Nevertheless they secure their prize only to have it snatched out of their greedy hands at every turn. Things finally settle down as they return to their home town and help a scatter-brained collector recover his valuable stamp collection – a collection which includes the very object of their desires!

My 2 Cents:

  • Wow – a superb issue all around, and a big part of the reason for that is Carl Barks! His adventure story was a blast to read, and parts of the dialogue were hilarious – I even laughed out loud a couple of times!
  • And even though he is a good writer, Mr. Barks is an even better artist! The artwork was beautiful and detailed – and such exquisite expressions!
  • This story is a reprint from Dell Four Color Comics #422 (Sept-Oct 1952), and it was cool to see Gladstone’s love of the classic stories and artists – something they explain inside the front cover.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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