Disney-comics digest #488.
9475609 at arran.sms.edinburgh.ac.uk
Fri Nov 11 16:42:11 CET 1994
Karl Eric mentioned having a Sunday page with Ellsworth the
raven, in which Goofy was shown first buying him from a pet shop. I
guess that means that the one I have must be the character's second
appearance (it is certainly Ellsworth's first meeting with MM).
So in Sweden Ellsworth speaks in black dialect?! From the VERY
few English appearances I've seen, it's plain he just speaks normal
English in the United States. (That quote that ended yesterday's
letter was from his second appearance.)
I recollect Ellsworth being specifically designated as a
raven. Either that or a magpie. But he ISN'T a crow, that I know
And I know what gets you so bollixed up when it comes to this
character, Don! I like Ellsworth, but his mere status in the Disney
universe throws logic out the window. I've had the same problem with
my own comic 'universe' -- in my "Soft Comics," which have always
taken place in two cities -- Softville and Monkburg, both in the
county of San Simian. (I once stated that San Simian county was in
Calisota, by the way...) Softville's inhabitants are usually human
beings and Monkburg's, animals, but I've never been consistent,
dammit! To make matters worse, the leading resident of Monkburg is
Monk the Monkey; I gave him a pet guinea pig named Daisy right at
the start, and in no time at all, Daisy basically developed into
Monk's ward, speaking perfect English and standing on her hind legs.
Yet she still relies on Monk for food, which he gets from a
pet-store-style sack! Any of you who have had me send copies of
these comics to you now know that this confuses ME as it must confuse
YOU (and as much as, in some alternate universe, it probably confuses
Mark Mayerson found a Rosa Scrooge for 25 cents?! Disney
comics aren't widely collected in the States, but I never see Rosa
back issues priced the same as the others, any more. Gladstones are
also hard to find, in general; the shops that DO do a lot of Disney
business and would like to have more Gladstones can't get them. When
I look at the CBG, I don't see wholesalers selling "first series"
Gladstones in bulk either. Hence the problem. Does Russ Cochran
have something to do with this? I thought he was selling first
A few more bits of news. The 6-pg. Mickey that I mentioned
with DD and US in it that was made by Esteban is coded D88064, and
appears in Monthly 11/1988. And that 1970s Rota 1st Andold Wild Duck
story is coded I/AT 128. It appeared in Germany's Egmont monthly
7/1979; I imagine it hit other non-Italian places around the same
time. Andold has no little Duck on his helmet in this story, BTW.
The story is called "The Good Old Days" and is 17 pages long.
The Egmont weekly for Mickey's 60th had, in Germany, a
supplement that reprinted Sunday strips for 32/4/3 (that's April 3),
32/5/22, 32/5/29, and 32/1/31 (in that order). Very nicely
reproduced -- a much better job than in the Oberon Sunday-Albums
(where the printing is rather muddy on some of these same strips).
The rest of the comic is made of fair-to-middling Murry material.
DANG, what a contrast. Those early Sundays have a great MM with a
brilliant personality. >Sigh<
Don: In a recent digest you griped about crossovers between
Ducks and feature characters in the old Dells. I have my own views
on Mickey, and I'm willing to OCCASIONALLY show those mice on
Grandma's farm, but damned if, just because I mention a hypothetical
story in which Donald is paired with Bongo and the Big Bad Wolf, I'm
willing to MAKE such a story, myself!
Until tomorrow, that's all, folks.
David <9475609 at arran.sms.ed.ac.uk>
"I wonder what he'd think of me if I was a regular bird, and
couldn't talk! Hmmm..."
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