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Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #211
October 22nd, 2012 by Rusty

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Uncle Scrooge #211Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge #211

November 1986
Gladstone Publishing, Ltd.
75¢, color, 32 pages
Writers: Carl Barks, Byron Erickson
Artists: Daan Jippes, Carl Barks, John Clark, Ken Feduniewicz

The Comic Experience:

I retire to the quiet solitude of my room and pop the scotch tape off the back of my mylar bag. After carefully removing the book, I gently flip through its pages, inhaling that slightly musty scent that only comes from old comics. Ahhh!

It has been almost 26 years since I last read this issue – back when I bought it new from a convenience store rack while on vacation in Colorado. I remember nothing about it, except that I enjoyed reading it.

First, I take a moment to soak in the beautiful cover. It isn’t by Barks, but it is still wonderful, and the way it captures so many elements of the title story reminds me why I love comic book covers so much!

Finally, I delve in. There are three stories in this issue, with the first being the classic “The Prize of Pizarro” – both written and illustrated by the famous duck artist Carl Barks. This is an absolutely pleasant story about Uncle Scrooge, Donald and the 3 nephews who travel to the Andes in South America after Uncle Scrooge finds a long-lost note indicating there may be treasure there.

After finishing the title story, I do a little searching on the Internet and discover that this is a reprint of the original story from Uncle Scrooge #26 (way back in March 1959.) I also learn that this is only the second issue of the title to be published by Gladstone, which had recently secured the rights to the Disney comics. In fact the line is so new that there aren’t any letters to print in the letter column, so the assistant editor dutifully fills in with some information about how Gladstone publishes stories that were originally in Danish or Dutch.

The two other stories in the book, “Gyro Gearloose in Minute Waltz in a Minor Key” and “Uncle Scrooge and His Handy Andy”, are also reprints from earlier issues. The Gyro story has been translated from the Danish version, and the other is another Barks reprint – this time from #27 (April 1959.)

My Rating:

  • 5/5 stars
  • Overall a great read for kids and adults alike! Smart, fun writing and fantastic art!

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