LO?12 and Barks in Norway
bjorn-are.davidsen at s.televerket.tele.no
Mon Jun 6 10:09:09 CEST 1994
This was sent a week ago, but I think I somehow managed
to get the adress wrong, so I make another attempt (and add
After having read Lo$12 I just have to unlurk myself!
Congratulations on your well done project! Of course
not everyone will agree with your overall vision of
Scrooge's life, especially regarding his retirement
and return to business and adventure. Personally I
think it really does solve a lot of problems related to
Barks introduction and later elaborations on Scrooge,
when he decided to use him in more than one story,
gradually building up the mythology of his past.
Barks' use of Scrooge in "Christmas on Bear
Mountain" was after all not due to a lot of
consideration of his past or present. That only came
later and made CoBM somewhat of a problem (is
analomy the right word?) chronicling Scrooge's past,
concidering his present in the fifties and sixties.
However, I think you managed to solve much of the
I also liked your presentation of Citizen Duck! That
may be lost on the kids (or perhaps American kids
will understand), but is another example of how you
give additional value and reading joy to us more
grey haired readers.
Even if I think Lo$10 is the very best of the series,
the final chapter had it's great moments! I liked very
much the beginning, the part where they enter the bin
for the first time, and the ending looking backward
and forward at the same time.
I think I'll have to read it once or twice more to get
the proper perspective, but I think one difficulty is
that the reader (if this is not the first Scrooge story
one read) knows too much in advance. The content in
Scrooges money bin is no surprise. That is a plot
problem when you make it one of the climaxes of the
story. However, the Beagle Boys was for once very
cleverly disguised! By the way, don't you think
Scrooge did beat them a bit too easily?
Another thing which disturbs me somewhat is that
Scrooge is a bit too different from the way Barks
drew him in CoBM. I guess that is a problem when
you try to be consistent to your own (and Barks'
later) way of drawing Scrooge, but it didn't quite
seem right (I do not know if I have any clever
solutions to that problem!).
However, do not misunderstand! The final part of Lo$
was well done and overall very satisfying!
Regarding Barks in Norway
The media has been full of reports, interviews and stories
about the Duck Man's visit to Norway. It's been headline
stuff both on Television and in the newspapers. It is a bit
irritating, though, that they seldom seem to get the facts
rightm, and often get a bit too condescending about comics.
The main TV news program in Norway ("Dagsrevyen")
managed to portrait Barks as " the man who invented
Donald Duck 60 years ago". They did show several glimps
from Donald Duck cartoons. And the ones they showed from
comics were not by Barks!
Norwegian TV2 knew a bit more and even had an interview
with one of Norway's grand old (and very wealthy) men, the
shipping magnate Fred Olsen. He claimed to be perhaps
"the only man in Norway who had read Donald Duck from
the beginning in 1940 or 41" (he was not sure) when the
first WDCS came out. And he had kept a good collection
ever since, showing a fair understanding of Bark's work.
By the way, the interviews with Barks in the papers tended
to touch mainly on his use of National Geographic and why
there were no fathers and mothers in Duckburg. To that last
question Barks was reported as having said that "all ducks
come from eggs. When the mayor needs a new citizen he
just go out in the woods and get anohter egg" (or something
like that, I don't have the papers at hand). I guess Barks
was trying to make a joke about it! Or Don has to rewrite
his whole Lo$ series!
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