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"Uncle Scrooge: The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, v.1"
Written And Illustrated by Don Rosa
(Disney/Boom Studios, 1995/2010)

Cartoonist Don Rosa is a devoted follower of the great Duck auteur, Carl Barks. He was such a big fan that in the 1990s he researched every one of Bark's stories for clues to the fictional past of the curmudgeonly miser, Uncle Scrooge, "facts" he then wove together in a massive, 12-episode biography, which traces Scrooge's path from the slums of Glasgow, across the American frontier and into the pinnacles of wealth and power. It's a clever, entertaining tale, but also dense with detail and a bit daunting after a while. I would recommend reading these books after you've become familiar with the Uncle Scrooge character, and would also add that they are probably best read by older kids who are into the Carl Barks/Donald Duck world, and who would enjoy reading these books while searching for some of the "Where's Waldo"-ish in-jokes. Younger kids, say under ten, might have a hard time following the long narrative thread. (B+)


"Uncle Scrooge: The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, v.2"
Written And Illustrated by Don Rosa
(Disney/Boom Studios, 1995/2010)

(B+)


"Uncle Scrooge: A Little Something Special"
Written And Illustrated by Don Rosa
(Gemstone, 2008)

An anthology of Uncle Scrooge cartoons collected in honor of the character's 60th anniversary, with stories by a wide range of artists. There are, of course, entries from Carl Barks and Don Rosa, as well as John Lustig and William Van Horn, as well as the legions of European artists who have kept the Barks-ian traditions alive in recent years... A nice collection that shows how the characters that Barks defined and refined have inspired numerous artists over the years. (B+)


"Uncle Scrooge: Uncle Scrooge Vs. Flintheart Glomgold (Gladstone Giant Album Comic Series, No. 4)"
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks & Don Rosa
(Gemstone, 1989)

This giant-sized volume of Gemstone Publishing's Disney series highlights the rivalry between the world's richest duck, Uncle Scrooge, and his nemesis, South African tycoon Flintheart Glomgold. Flintheart first appears in the 1956 Carl Barks saga, "The Second Richest Duck," in which the two misers are so evenly matched they resort to comparing the size of two balls of string that they've saved over the years... It's a pretty funny premise, and the story whizzes along at a brisk pace. Two more Barks gems are included, "The Money Champ" from 1958 and "So Far No Safari," from 1965. The fourth story, 1987's "The Son Of The Sun," is by Carl Barks acolyte Don Rosa -- in it, Scrooge and Glomgold race to discover a hidden Inca treasure, affording Rosa the chance to show his skill as a draftsman. Although the first story is pretty innocuous, the later stories get a bit dark -- Glomgold cheats wildly and tries to kill the other ducks in a variety of ways, including a lot of gunplay. Still, this is basically about as wholesome and high-class of family entertainment as you can find these days -- great stories from two master cartoonists. (A+)


"Uncle Scrooge: The Mines Of King Solomon" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 1)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks
(Gemstone, 1987)

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"Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck: The Sunken City" (Gladstone Giant Album Comic Series, No. 2)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks & Don Rosa
(Gemstone, 1989)

Includes two full-length stories of adventure, "The Sunken City," in which Donald and Scrooge go diving in an Atlantis-like undersea land, and "Luck Of The North," where Donald once again tangles with his overly-lucky cousin Gladstone Gander. Great stuff. (A+)


"Uncle Scrooge: Back To The Klondike" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 4)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks
(Gemstone, 1989)

(A+)


"Uncle Scrooge: The Many Faces Of Magica De Spell" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 6)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks
(Gemstone, 1989)

Pure gold! This thick volume collects some of the finest Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge stories, with several episodes featuring the zany sorceress, Magica De Spell, who is obsessed with stealing "old number one," the first dime Uncle Scrooge ever earned, which she believes is the magical source of his unmeasurable wealth. Barks created Magica specifically to be an arch-nemesis for the irascible Uncle Scrooge, and she is certainly one of the most entertaining characters in the Duckburg universe. This volume contains six stories featuring Magica, including her first appearance in 1961, "The Midas Touch." All the stories are great fun -- great family entertainment. The stories gathered here are: "The Midas Touch" (1961); "The Unsafe Safe" (1962) (also reprinted in the "Duck Tales" anthologies); "For Old Dime's Sake" (1963); "The Many Faces Of Magica De Spell" (1964); "Rug Riders In The Sky" (1964) and "Raven Mad" (1962). Great stuff. (A++)


"Uncle Scrooge: Hawaiian Hideaway" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 11)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks & Don Rosa
(Gemstone, 1989)

Scrooge takes Donald and the boys to the Hawaiian islands, where some mischievous menehune (Hawaiian leprechauns) help them to thwart the dastardly Beagle Boys. It's another good, imaginative adventure, although the retrograde, un-PC representation of the Hawaiians as superstitious grass-skirt wearing "natives" is lamentable. (A+)


"Uncle Scrooge: The Golden Fleecing" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 19)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks
(Gemstone, 1989)

The main story, "The Golden Fleecing," is included in the Duck Tales anthologies... As mentioned in my review of those books, this adventure is particularly full of racial stereotypes, particularly those of the scheming, evil Arabs who seek to trick (and murder) Scrooge and the boys. The back-up feature, "Stamps Out Crime," is a nice one where Huey, Dewey and Louie get the best of Uncle Scrooge. (B)


"Uncle Scrooge: Only A Poor Old Man" (Gladstone Comic Album Series No. 20)
Written And Illustrated by Carl Barks
(Gemstone, 1987)

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