HDL Back to School
bi442 at lafn.org
Wed Mar 13 04:46:00 CET 2002
For the Italian members interested in the Topolino 261 story "Back to School",
with 3 tiers and 21 pages: It was, indeed, the lead story in Huey, Dewey and
Louie Back to School Dell Giant Comic Nr. 35 from 1960. Yes, it was 16 pages of
4-tiers each. It WAS titled "Back to School", and drawn by Tony Strobl.
Interesting that the island was supposed to be in the Mediterranean Sea, yet
they pointed to Gibraltar on the World Globe; and yet, Donald said that it was
800 miles off the African coast. The (dog-like (human, non-"Wooly Willies)
natives were very darkly tanned (similar to the usual portrayal of South Sea
islanders. The actual area on the map would be near the Azores. Were they
supposed to be related to the "Guanches" who first inhabited the Canary islands?
many Western Publishing plot lines were not very well thought out and
researched in those days. I doubt that this story would be accepted by a
currant editor in this condition. I would have had liked it much better if the
writer had called the island(s) The Azores or Madeira and tied the story to the
Atlanis legend; or The Canary Islands, and tied the story much more to the
hyroglyphs there, and therefore, much more tothe ancient Phoenecians. Further,
there was no real interplay with the Islanders as exchange students. The use
of the unknown species of "Wooly-Willies" was very much underplayed and
unrealistic -even for a fictional plot. - Rob
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