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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #248
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March 8th, 2014 by Rusty

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Donald Duck #248 cover

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #248

Date: December 1986
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2014 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus house ads, Letters to Donald Duck and A Letter From The Duck Man.
Writer: Carl Barks
Artists: Carl Barks with Daan Jippes and Mike McCormick
Notable Notes: Donald and the Nephews travel to South America!

South America

I have always dreamed of going to South America – especially Brazil and the Amazon rain forest. I think it would be a wonderful adventure, and a little bit scary too. Probably not as scary as for the first explorers to visit that region of the world, but still, there might be a few things. In this issue Donald and his nephews do just that – they head to Brazil to capture some rare insects… and brave the ferocious wild life that lives there – ulp!

Synopsis:

It seems that Gladstone was doing a “long story” every other issue, and since Donald Duck #247 had four short stories in it, that means this issue was the long one. “Forbidden Valley” – Donald literally stumbles upon his nephews who are searching for the invasive insects known as Pickle Haters. He helps them gather a load of the bugs for a reward, only to see the bugs continuously scattered by a man with a cane – a man who secretly wants the Pickle Haters to ruin the pickle crop so that his pickled rutabagas can finally get sold! Well the Ducks finally get one of the bugs to the scientists, and learn that their natural enemies, the Razor Wasps of South America, could be brought back and help rid Duckburg of the species. Donald and his nephews go off to the Amazon to try their best to find the wasps, only to be foiled at every turn by the cane man – who has followed them there! Well Donald isn’t about to give up so easily, so he figures out a way past their antagonist as well as the Stickaree Indians – and straight into a lost world full of dinosaurs! Eventually they capture some wasps, get out of the Forbidden Valley and return to their town only to once again have the cane man ruin their plans. He wins, and upon tasting some of his bad rutabagas he realizes his mistake and tries to help the Ducks!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars – This long story was brilliant! Not only was it a great adventure story, but the little inside jokes and shenanigans of the Ducks were hilarious! A very cool story indeed!
  • Art: 5 stars – Carl Barks art is awesome, and the little visual jokes throughout the book were just icing on the cake! I actually laughed out loud at some of the clever things in the backgrounds of the panels.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – Absolutely a blast to read! The comic part was great, but the pastiche letter from Carl Barks was just as good and was a wonderful conclusion to the book! Very, very good!

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