Disney-comics digest #527.
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Mon Jan 9 13:01:08 CET 1995
Greetings, all! Back from my trip, with a whole lot to tell
you. But I'll do it in short bits and snatches.
First, though, I must thank Harry and Fabio for the wonderful
receptions and hospitality that they both gave me. It's really great
to know that there are people in the world like you guys -- not only
fine individuals, but with scads of obscure knowledge about our
favorite comics. I enjoyed my visits with both of you greatly, and
you've got a standing invite to drop by Santa Barbara one day -- or
even Edinburgh, while I'm here.
DON: You said in Digest 527 that the idea of Old Number One
being a "lucky" dime began with DuckTales. Er -- I actually think it
begins in Barks' own "For Old Dime's Sake." Here the dime is not
only referred to as a source of luck and fortune -- but the "old
boodle-bringer" actually BRINGS boodle, or certainly seems to. I
believe that this particular story was the one that most influenced
DuckTales' version of Magica, BTW -- it's just my guess, but she's
meaner and less likeable here than anywhere else, and that sure seems
to be what DuckTales picked up on.
I didn't stick around the Weasel booth at the San Diego Con
long enough to see anything they were handing out (such as copies of
"Horsing Around With History"). In fact, although it took tremendous
willpower, I actually refrained from buying a paperback book of
Gottfredson paintings, edited by Malcolm Willits, which was on sale
there and only there, just so I wouldn't finance the Grandeys'
lawyer at this time. I REALLY want a copy of this book -- does
anyone know where I can get it without putting money in Bill
In Digest 538 you said that while U$ didn't recognize
Flintheart's name in 1956, you'd never said he didn't recognize his
face. But did you forget how they meet on shipboard in that tale
BEFORE Scrooge gets to Glomgold's money bin (FG is apparently
returning there from a business trip, I guess)? Scrooge doesn't
recognize his face there.
Rest assured that the "Ducktales" coloring of the coat as blue
with red trim didn't start there. It's taken from many French and
Italian comics that used that coloring LONG before.
DWIGHT: Anina isn't gone yet. She's continuing work through
THIS coming Friday. I'll be in touch with her today to find out a
few things, and you'll be among the first to hear. I was told in
December that Byron might hire an assistant editor in Denmark to do
some of his duties while HE gets back to editing a lot of people's
stories again. Apparently he hasn't done as much of that these days
as he'd like to.
And there are MANY American Disney writers who answer to Anina,
folks! Don, you said there were only three or four??! There may be
as many as two DOZEN. Or one dozen, anyway. Remember all the Egmont
writers who turned up in the first row of my panel group at the Con
JORGEN: "In some Mickey stories (also Italian), Mickey has a friend
who looks like a raven, and acts like a teen-ager."
That's Ellsworth! You got him! (And the name is indeed
Ellsworth, not Elmer, BTW.)
Van Horn story D93491 = "A Dolt in the Deep" (because the rare
fish is called a "ruffleback dolty"). This one GETS very good, but
the idea of Donald being assigned to count how many fish there are
in a certain area of the ocean is just too dumb, so the story just
doesn't get off to a good start. That really hurts it. But it gets
quite good later on. In Britain it got cleansed of a lot of its
imaginative dialogue, I think, which hurt it further...
Mickey D93256 = "Knights and Bolts", writer Michael T. Gilbert.
Again, some nice material, but a below-average premise. I agree --
the idea of everyone in town wanting to wear armor is just too
bizarre. And the art is by ESTEBAN, btw -- note all the little
details in a lot of panels. Esteban's natural style is like Uderzo,
and Egmont's management decided in 1990 that he had to stop drawing
like that, and start drawing like Paul Murry. Hence this. It's not
of his own volition. Byron may be working to alter that decision
now. I sure hope he succeeds.
BTW, the pig villain in this story is Muscles McGurk. A little
meaner than I want to play him. He's got a Neighbor Jones role in
one of my Mickey stories for next year. There's a lot of
possibilities for him, "Knights and Bolts" notwithstanding.
FABIO: Thanks a LOT. For everything!
On a less important note, "Grilli Atomici" by Martina/Bioletto
has been published in France... I have the French edition, which I
believe is in a 1960s pocketbook.
The published note from "Carl Barks" can well be by Bill
Grandey, even with what looks like Carl's signature on it, folks.
I've had my parents forge my own signature on a check I forgot to
endorse for them, once -- they just traced it from some other place
I'd signed my name. Maybe Barks hasn't even SEEN this press
Lots of news coming later today. Just wait and see.
"The only way for anyone to get ahead of Mickey Mouse -- is to
*run* in *front* of him!"
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