DD's life in an eggshell
H.W.Fluks at research.ptt.nl
Tue May 24 10:10:07 CEST 1994
Knut Hunstad wrote:
> I finally found my copy of the norwegian version of the 50-years story for
> DD: "My life in an eggshell".
FYI: This story is from Italy, drawn (and written, if I'm not mistaken) by
> [Donald's name]
> was invented by Grandma after $crooge saying the baby reminded him of his
> old friend from Alaska: Ronald (anyone heard of him before?).
In Holland, the old friend is a "Cowboy from California". The story was
originally published when Ronald Reagan was USA president.
> Later the story tells about his nephews. This part is more correct, saying
> they just stand knocking on his door one day. Except I thought the letter
> was from his sister, not his cousine (as this story tells).
Information from our ftp file 'huey-dewey-louie': HDL first appear in a
newspaper strip where Donald gets a letter from his _cousin_ Della. In the
cartoon, where they appeared shortly thereafter, the letter is from Donald's
_sister_ Dumbella. In neither case the letter states explicitly that the
writer is HDL's mother.
> The rest of the story consists mainly of stand-up-comedian-like frames where
> he tells about his many travels, employments etc. I didn't find many
> references to classic storys here!
The story is FULL of references to DD cartoons (WWII and others), Barks
stories and some stories my Rota himself. I haven't read the story for a
while, but I remember scenes with DD and a frog, DD bull fighting and DD
in the mountains (referring to the forest fire story in Vacation Parade #1).
> All in all this sums up to beeing a pitiful attempt to invent a "true" story
> about DD, totally disregarding most of what has been common knowledge for a
> long time.
Here I don't agree. There is no "common knowledge" disregarded, at least not
European knowledge. I only heard on this mailing list that Grandma is _not_
Scrooge's sister, and I'm sure everyone else in Holland (including the
Dutch editor) thinks she _is_.
Rota just didn't do his research as thoroughly as Rosa does.
And you must admit: the story is beautifully drawn.
Harry PTT Research ()_() Dutch Disney comics freak
Fluks Leidschendam (_) H.W.Fluks at research.ptt.nl
"Yeah... I've _heard_ of coral barques!"
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