Disney-comics digest #545.
9475609 at arran.sms.edinburgh.ac.uk
Mon Jan 9 17:54:39 CET 1995
Last letter today (and from now on, there'll be only one letter
from me every day...)
"Lydia" song in Croesus story
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Doggone it! My favorite song from an old film ends up in a
Rosa story, and we run into copyright problems! Well, I'll find out
soon who owns the song, since back at home I have a recent
publication of the music to it. Maybe Gladstone could buy the rights
to use the lyrics for a trifle. But -- >sigh!< -- maybe not.
The Lentils from Babylon (SPOILERS!)
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Part II of this story has now been published, as we've noted.
Please accept my apologies that some of the panels are a little
wordy; when I have a huge space in a panel to put dialogue (due to
the large size Scarpa lettered his stories), I end up running off at
the mouth now and then. But anyway, I needed most of the extra
dialogue so that the Ducks could seem sympathetic to the way the
Beagle Boys were swindling the third-world country of Paylesh. In
the original story, they didn't care about the poverty-stricken
country losing its only valuable resource. I didn't want Disney to
do the rewriting for me, so I did it.
(END OF SPOILERS)
On the other hand, Disney hardly looked at my dialoguing job...
since it's almost exactly as I wrote it. About all that got the
heave was a reference to a gag smoke bomb as a "Johnson Smith." J+S
was a joke company that was very successful in the 1930s and 1940s,
which I learned about in the writings of humorist Gene Shepard. I
guess the company must still exist, in which case using the name
would constitute a free advertisement.
This is the first-ever Scrooge comic (save non-canonical
DUCKTALES issues) which contained part of a Scrooge story, but not
the end or beginning.
Back to word count per panel for a moment: can some of you
tell me if you agree that this Lentil story is a little too wordy?
I'm doing another Scarpa right now, and I don't want to make the same
mistake twice. But if you like the amount of words in "Lentils from
Babylon" I can add a few to... "Colossus of the Nile."
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