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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #249
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August 9th, 2014 by Rusty

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Donald Duck #249 cover

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck #249

Date: January 1987
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing
Cover Price: 75¢
2014 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 29 color pages plus house ads and “The Quacker Box” letters page
Writers Volker Reiche, Geoffrey Blum, Carl Barks and Marty Greim
Artists: Daan Jippes, Volker Reiche, Carl Barks and Marty Greim
Notable Notes: Donald is a scientist, a goblin and a monster hunter!

A Scientist

I have always liked the idea of being a scientist. I used to play at it when I was a kid, and I very much enjoyed science classes in school. During the last few years I have been taking some serious social science classes at the university where I work, and have quite enjoyed them. I still like the idea of being a scientist, and am slowly moving towards that goal. In this issue we get to see Donald fantasize about the same thing – only here he actually starts mixing chemicals in a lab and disastrous results follow! C’mon – what would a Donald Duck story be without funny mayhem?

Synopsis:

Last issue of Donald Duck was a big, long story. This issue we return to a few shorter stories. It all starts with “The Soul of Science” in which Donald, who is actually the janitor at a research lab, decides he wants to try mixing some chemicals together to see what results he gets. Well not only are the results disastrous, but he doesn’t detail the steps he takes to get those results. When the chief researcher finds out he chastises Donald and begs for him to clean up the lab because the main investor, Scrooge McDuck, is coming for an inspection! Well, more mayhem happens and Donald almost saves the lab with an incredible invention – but ends up losing his job and his dignity as well!
In “Hobblin Goblins” Gyro Gearloose gives the 3 nephews a goblin detector / advisor and has them test it out. They are convinced that evil goblins are after them when Daisy requires their help with a dance, so they put the device to good use and try to hide from Daisy and Uncle Donald. Donald’s crazy bad luck seems to follow them, however, and they can’t get away from anything undesirable!
Finally, the story “Big Feet” has Donald, the nephews and Uncle Scrooge going to a lumber company on the Canadian border to find a mysterious beast who is causing trouble there. Donald tries to find and capture the beast, but is foiled at every turn. When the nephews finally use their Jr. Woodchucks’ Guidebook the find the monster and realize that he is a very nice chap who is quite misunderstood!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars – All three stories were unique, well written and engaging! They were good stories with lots of subtle jokes and humor, and excellent examples of fine “funny animal” comics!
  • Art: 5 stars – Carl Barks’ story was fabulous, of course, but so were the other two stories. I wasn’t familiar with those duck artists, but they did a fine job and made the characters look great.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – More crazy stories, fun times and good laughs here! These stories will delight any Donald Duck fan, and will entertain kids and adults alike!

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