The Life & Times Of Scrooge McDuck Volume 1 (Walt Disney's the Life and Times of Scrooge Mcduck)

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Back by popular demand! Relive Don Rosa's seminal Scrooge McDuck epic from the very beginning with this special collector's edition hardcover of the Disney classic!

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*Starred Review* Collecting the first half of Rosa’s 12-part comic series, which landed him an Eisner Award in 1995, this gorgeously gold-gilt volume aims to introduce a new generation of readers to Uncle Scrooge, “the cheapest, stingiest, most miserly, turnip-squeezingest, penny-pinching tightwad on earth.” And it’ll go a long way toward showing how, in master comics storyteller Carl Barks’ legendary hands, such a skinflint became one of Disney’s most beloved characters. After a thorough study of Barks’ original Scrooge stories from the late 1940s on, Rosa made a time line of all the “Barksian facts” that referenced Scrooge’s past and crafted a narrative for his youth and search for fortune. Here, this path leads him from a poor childhood in Glasgow, down the Mississippi, through the Badlands of North Dakota, into the cattle country of Montana, back to his family’s abandoned castle in Dismal Downs, Scotland, and then, on a gold-hunting jaunt in Africa. It’s an exceedingly clever conceit, and Rosa’s intricate artistry, comic timing, and storytelling instincts pull it off magnificently. Most importantly, he is reverent of Barks, but not slavish to him, which allows for completely satisfying reading for those who aren’t in the know. To satisfy Barks devotees, however, each chapter closes with inside information on sources, “Insane Details to Look For,” and other offhanded asides from Rosa on writing Scrooge comics. Pure gold. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman

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Grade 4 Up—In 1947, Disney illustrator Carl Barks introduced the world to the miserly Scrooge McDuck. This book collects the first six chapters of Rosa's Eisner Award-winning The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, in the creation of which he zealously researched, and incorporated, every reference Barks made to McDuck's past. The result is a masterful weaving of cartoons and author commentary that describes Scrooge's adventures as a shoeshine boy in Scotland, a riverboat captain and cowboy in America, and gold prospector in Africa. Rosa has done a fabulous job of integrating Barks's vague background information about his famous character with what was happening in history at the time. Readers will encounter such historical figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Murdo MacKenzie. They also get to see the imagined origin of such favorite characters as The Beagle Boys. Fans of the original miserly creature will appreciate learning his history and the steps Rosa took to re-create it, while younger readers will simply enjoy the book's exciting stories and humorous pictures. One caveat: True to the original cartoon, there are some stereotypical portrayals of various cultures.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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