Please Gladstone/Gemstone, not again...
Daniel van Eijmeren
dve at kabelfoon.nl
Sun Dec 21 23:24:08 CET 2003
> I came across some previews of the Gemstone Disney comics for the
> next 2 or 3 months. Maybe some of it will be news to you. [...]
> UNCLE SCROOGE #325 by Various Carl Barks' classic "Only a Poor Old Man"
> â the first full-length Uncle Scrooge adventure ever produced by the
> Old Duck Man â is reprinted in its entirety!
'Only a Poor Old Man'? AGAIN??? Barks did so many more stories than those
few "classics" from around 1952. Why don't those stories get a reprint?
I'm sorry for being so hot-headed, but I'm thinking of all the money I'm
paying to get the same stuff over and over again. I'm (indirectly)
subscribed to 'Walt Disney's Comics and Stories' and 'Uncle Scrooge', but
I'm seriously considering unsubscribing. I've always wished Gladstone and
Gemstone the best, and I still do, but if they go on with this policy,
they'll have to survive without me.
'Uncle Scrooge' costs me $6,95, excluding the distribution. Half of this
particular issue is filled up with a re-reprint. That's $3,50 right into
To make things worse, at least for me, some of the Gemstone Barks reprints
look awful. At least those I've received so far. I've heard that there were
some technical difficulties, but I don't find that an excuse at all.
Gemstone could have postponed those stories, by replacing them for stories
with clean, (re)printable artwork. I think a muddy quality should only be
reserved for stories which can't be printed in any other way, like some of
Barks's giveaway stories.
Please Gemstone, give this re-reprint policy some serious thinking. You may
not have much money to produce comics. But I don't have much money to *buy*
Even if the comics would be filled up with new material from the front to
the back, those comics are already very expensive. And now they even begin
to contain fillers of 32 pages... Within one year of existance, no less.
Still, the issue can't be ignored for a lot of people, because it contains
the first English reprint of Rosa's "The Beagle Boys vs. The Money Bin"...
That story must be CRAMPED with jokes to give me a smile again, after
having paid seven dollars for only half a comic.
I'm afraid of becoming a persona non grata for saying this, but I have to
get this off my chest. One other reason for being so heated is that this
policy makes me dislike Barks's stories. Such a re-reprinted story looks
like a lame filler to me, while it has been one of my favourites before...
For example, I'm beginning to really hate that over-used 'Only a Poor Old
I think those prestige format comics should contain rarities, like
*facsimiles* of Barks stories that have never been reprinted in their
original form. That way, I even would have been glad to see this 'Only
a Poor Old Man' tale again.
And what about Gottfredson? And what about rare Taliaferro stuff, which
has never been reprinted before? Just to name two other classic artists.
In those prestige comics I would like to see material that I am
*searching* for, or material that's new and fresh. Not those overused
"classics" which are lying on almost everybody's shelves, all coming
from the same retouched/redrawn reprint source.
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