Socrates Gander (and other stuff)
9475609 at arran.sms.edinburgh.ac.uk
Wed Nov 9 12:20:00 CET 1994
Jorgen talked about a recent reprint of an old Vicar story,
D7436, in which Huey, Louie, and Dewey are paired with a boy (who
looks a lot like Gus Goose) by the name of Socrates. This character,
whose full name is Socrates F. Gander, is a Karp/Taliaferro creation,
who appeared in the daily strips on and off around 1944. Around
WDC 80, a lot of those strips were reprinted. But I don't believe the
character lasted more than a year.
Karp and Taliaferro always made HDL into nasty little bullies,
which really bothers me. When they first hear that this boy, who is
their cousin, is nicknamed "Sock", they assume he's good at fighting
due to that nickname. When they find that his nickname is a
shortened version of Socrates and see that he's really no tough guy,
they are overjoyed to meet him, mainly because now they know they
have somebody who they can beat up and take advantage of. Doesn't
sound like the HDL that I know.
But it sounds like this D-story does "Sock" a better turn than
the old strips did. I would like *VERY MUCH* to redo it for
Gladstone. Here's where you guys come in. I need to know if anyone
has a DUTCH or GERMAN printing of story D7436. Help!
The entire business about liquor apparently is an issue in
Norway as well. Gladstone apparently is not allowed to even mention
booze unless it's out of context -- for example, in that old sea
shanty "Sixteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest" (and as I mentioned, thus
Gladstone does have it better than Whitman, which couldn't even
mention rum there!).
The bit about Pete drinking the champagne may have been one of
the reasons the original version of "Island in the Sky" was banned
here for so long, but everyone I asked gave other reasons. I'm sure
that was a consideration, though. Phooey.
The (VERY GOOD) 1931 story "Mickey Mouse Vs. Katt Nipp"
involves CATNIP wine, which a bootlegger (this was Prohibition,
remember?) is actually shown brewing. Mickey knows that this wine is
Katt Nipp's weakness, so strategically places jugs of it near Katt
Nipp's shack. When Nipp drinks the stuff, he acts drunk, and is easy
prey for whatever Mickey's trying to do (as he points out). Wine is
clearly shown in a negative light, as just another reason why MM is
smarter than the villain. Very interesting.
D93520 (Donald learning to control his anger) Seems like this
is actually a new twist on that old saw. And it's not the only one
Egmont has done lately. Dave Rawson (or was it Bob Ingersoll?) spent
some time at the Comic Con last fall telling me about a similar story
of his own, which is titled "Temper Fugit." And again, the story
sounds like a winner.
D93477 (Mickey down on the farm) Groan. About the only thing I
can say about this story is that at least Mickey isn't shown as being
good at everything. Worse, I know that in Britain it will be printed
just because it is a Mickey story, thus preempting one of the better
stories you mentioned was published this week. (Since the British
weekly only has 22-24 pages of comics each week)
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