Reply to Harry's comments (Was: I'm back...)

Mark Semich mas at
Thu Nov 25 05:49:27 CET 1993

A while back Harry Fluks <H.W.Fluks at> wrote:
>I bought some USA comics in various Texas cities. I even couldn't resist
>buying some comics solely because of their Rosa covers. And I bought Uncle
>Scrooge #116, which reprints the only non-Barks story Rosa based a Life
>of Scrooge fact on: the 'shoe shining' story from U$ 50 by Tony Strobl.

A few people have mentioned that Tony Strobl came up with the idea of
Scrooge being a shoe-shine boy in his youth, but I seem to remember a
Barks story where we see Scrooge as a youthful shoe-shine boy.  I
believe that this was "The Invisible Intruder", so I don't know just
how much authority it has :-)  Or is it something else that Tony
Strobl came up with that is in this story?  Or did the Strobl story
come before the Barks one?

The subject that wouldn't die:
>An article in The Duckburg Times #21 about slang
>Mark, give us some of that, at least the part where BopBop is explained!

Well, the article itself is rather long (and I would certainly
recommend it to anyone even *remotely* interested in the ducks'
dialogue - back issues of the "Duckburg Times" are available from Dana
Gabbard) but the "Bop, bop" line was quoted as one of the examples of
Donald referring to jazz musicians *not* by name but by turning their
jazzy sounds into nicknames. (Like addressing a bee as "buzz
bomber" or a plumber as "wrench wrangler", Donald referred to the
musician by quoting his "bop, bop" beats.)

In short, "Bop, bop" is not a name, but just one of Donald's many
off-the-cuff, wise-guy methods of greeting.

Unfortunately, I haven't actually *seen* the "Bop, bop" story so I
can't judge whether I agree or not, but the article made a pretty
convincing case for this approach.

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