"LaToSMcD" #11 Minutiae
mas at cs.bu.edu
Sat Oct 7 03:36:11 CET 1995
So I just read "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" #11.
I think you had previously mentioned that this story might
disturb some people. Well, I liked it very much, but I am a bit
bothered about some of the things that you showed - it's almost
like DC's "Post Crisis" approach, where history sort of happened
the way one thought that it had, except that people that used to be
admirable actually have some evil background... I do *not* subscribe
to the belief that a character has to go through some sort of
"learning to be evil is wrong" experience in order to be honest.
I mail-order the Gladstone books for my 12 year old brother and 7 year
old sister, and I'm not entirely sure whether or not I'd have purchased
this one for them. That's a bit young to start having one's heroes
shown as evil.
Anyways, that's not what I meant to write about on this post :-)
I really wanted to pick nits:
On the last page of the story, there are two references to
Scrooge being "the richest man in the world" only it looks like
"man" was written in by someone else. Did this originally say
"richest duck"? And if so, what was the reason for the change?
Given your attention to detail, I'm assuming that you already
know that George Washington was not on the Quarter until 1932 -
and that "Chief Quarter Dollar" was Lady Liberty - whose correct
name really *was* on the front of the coin :-)
Lincoln was right on - his first appearance on the penny was 1909...
It was very nice to see "Mythological Menagerie" again (in WDC&S 600)
but I would have assumed that after 8 years, Gladstone would have
fixed "just look a these merit badges" (If it *is* an error, I may
And I had forgotten how thoroughly enjoyable the Dan Jippes ten pagers
are. I hope that we see more of them...
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