M.J.Prior at let.rug.nl
Thu Aug 30 17:11:38 CEST 2001
In Barks' 'A Christmas for Shacktown' (1952) Donald disguises
himself as his great uncle Jake, hoping to soften his uncle
It isn't actually mentioned in this story that Jake McDuck at that
time lived in the United States, but as Scrooge isn't surprised to
find him living in America instead of having died somewhere in
Scotland, it could be assumed that Jake McDuck once moved to
the States. Maybe this happened between 1896 (Lo$ 7) and 1902
(Lo$ 9), as Jake doesn't appear in 'The Billionaire of Dismal
Downs'. It's also possible he left Scotland after the death of his
brother Fergus. (Jake must have become incredibly old, for both
Donald and Scrooge don't consider him as being dead in 1952.)
As mr. Don Rosa is the man that revived uncle Jake, it might be
interesting to read his opinion on this particular subject.
Some more hair-splittery to come: If Donald and Della are born
somewhere in the 1920's, their mother Hortense must have been at
least forty-three years old when she gave birth to them. It sure DID
take some time before she and Quackmore, with whom she fell in
love at her twenty-fifth (?), decided to have children.
Annoying detail: In Dutch translations, Matilda McDuck is named
Dora Duck, which is also the name of our Dutch Grandma Duck.
Especially in those Lo$ episodes wherein it's not made clear that
Hortense is the one to become Donald's mother, it might occur to
Dutch readers that Grandma Duck is Scrooge's sister.
Finally, it might be right to shortly introduce myself, as it is the first
time that I write a contribution to the Disney Comics Mailing List.
(I considered it right to start the message with the interesting part.)
My name is Michiel Prior and I'm a Dutch student, I frequently
check the DCML Archives and I'm fond of pondering about
annoying little details to be discovered in Duck stories, for instance
such stupid facts about Donald's family as mentioned above.
(As this Introduction is placed at the end of the letter, it might,
according to mr. Milne's (not Disney's) character Owl, rather be
called a Contradiction, which is, of course, the opposite of an
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