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The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion Review

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The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion Review

I would not hesistate to recommend this collection of stories that tie in to Don Rosa’s original classic storyline, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, but I was a bit disappointed in the packaging of the tale. That disappointment, though, should not dissuade you from picking up this collection of excellent Uncle Scrooge stories by Don Rosa.

My problem with the packaging is that the printing does not seem to be all that, well, impressive. In fact, the pages are often flat-out dull! And, while I did not read the originals of most of these stories, I have a pretty good idea that they were not originally this dull.

That being said, Rosa’s tales are so vibrant, that you are well advised to give these stories a try.

In case you are unfamiliar with the concept of this collection, during the 90s, Don Rosa wrote and drew a classic series of Uncle Scrooge stories called “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.” The idea of the story was to, using hints about his past that Carl Barks had dropped over the years, detail Scrooge’s biography. In this volume, Rosa contains the stories that he didn’t include in the original, mainly because of their repetitive nature, as much of what was written about Scrooge’s past centered around his time as a cowboy and in the Yukon Gold Rush. But over the years, Rosa filled us in on those missing stories, and now they’re included as a companion to the original storyline!

In addition, there are two other Rosa tales included. A story he wrote before he began working on the Life and Times, set in Scrooge’s childhood, that, while not fully keeping with the theme of the stories, is a neat story set in Scrooge’s childhood (Magica DeSpell goes back in time to steal Scrooge’s #1 dime) and a story about the Beagle Boys invading Scrooge’s dreams, giving us an opportunity to visit Scrooge’s past in his dreams, which also gives us a chance to see Donald Duck interact in Scrooge’s past stories (as Donald has to go into Scrooge’s dreams to stop the Beagle Boys).

The highlight of the collection is how well Rosa handles Scrooge’s ill-fated romance with Glitterin’ Goldie. It is so delicately written, so nuanced and gripping – it is a real triumph. Rosa also manages to sneak in a sex scene as well as you’re ever going to see a sex scene handled in a kid’s comic (off-panel, of course, you sickos!). In the last page of the last story, we see Scrooge dreaming of Goldie, and it is just heart-wrenching.

That being said, all the stories in the collection are a treat. Rosa’s art is excellent, and his attention to history is a delight. Seeing historical figures and historical events woven into the tales is quite often the best part of each story in the past.

Adventure.

Romance.

Humor.

Action.

These stories have it all, and they are done extremely well.

Highly Recommended.

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