Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Free scans of old comics:  the gift that keeps on giving

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Unified Duck Theory


If I were Don Rosa, here’s how I’d tackle the Life and Times of Donald Duck:

Donald Duck, orphaned at an early age, spent his boyhood on Grandma Duck’s farm just up the road from Mouseton.  Donald looked up to the older kids in town and followed them on their schemes and adventures.  His fear of abandonment, mistrust of authority, and severe anger issues made young Donald something of a nuisance to Mickey, Dippy and the gang, but they allowed him to tag along because they felt sorry for the little guy.  Poor kid couldn’t even express himself intelligibly, so why make things worse for him?  Young Donald also spent a lot of time playing in an abandoned houseboat docked in Mouseton, dreaming of one day joining the Navy, his blue sailor suit a testament to his dreams of travel and adventure.

As a young man, Donald set his sights on the big city.  He scraped up enough cash to rent an apartment in Duckburg and struck out to join the workforce.  Like many young people with a limited education, Donald had a hard time getting started in a career.  He tried his hand at a number of jobs, including fireman, museum guard, and street sweeper, but found himself ill-suited for almost everything he tried.    Speak slower, Mister Duck.  You’re just too angry, Mister Duck.  Frustrated by his lack of financial success, Donald ignored the frequently-dropped hints of wedding bells from his long-suffering girlfriend, Daisy.  Just when he was gathering up the courage to quit the rat race altogether and enlist, the unexpected occurred:  his deadbeat sister entrusted Donald to become guardian to her triplets, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.   Suddenly Donald found himself saddled with the responsibilities of a much older Duck.  Putting his dreams on hold, Donald moved to the suburbs and devoted himself to providing for his newfound family.

The Angry Young Man

One Christmas, Donald and the boys reconnected with their long-lost rich old Uncle Scrooge McDuck.  The old miser took pity on the boys, and sensing his aversion to charity, appointed Donald an all-purpose employee of McDuck Industries.  Donald and the boys soon found themselves accompanying Scrooge on treasure hunts and archaeological digs, spanning the globe in search of fortune.  Donald’s suppressed thirst for adventure and excitement was awakened anew as he threw himself into his new role of bodyguard/sidekick/pilot/driver/comic relief for the old man.  While he had personally never been happier, as a parent Don felt somewhat conflicted.  His boys were getting a world-class education and experiencing the best that life had to offer, but at the end of the day they had to return to their drab old suburban existence.  Surely the boys would be better off living with the old man; they would provide companionship to Scrooge during his twilight years, while in turn the boys would experience luxury and comfort far beyond anything he could give them.   It was settled.  Donald would leave the boys in the care of Uncle Scrooge, while he fulfilled his childhood dream and shipped out with the Navy.


The boys and Uncle Scrooge continued having adventures while Donald went on to a long and distinguished Naval career.  Donald even joined his childhood pal Mickey Mouse in filming wartime propaganda for bigshot Hollywood director Walt Disney.  Donald retired with his military pension and moved back to Duckburg, where he lived the remainder of his days surrounded by friends and family.  And also he was a superhero.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Taste the Magic

Ads for Disney Frozen Treats, circa 1987

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mint Cars

As seen in the Previews catalog, Cars Be@rbricks.