$crooge, Grandma and Barks
Sigvald Grøsfjeld jr.
sigvald at duckburg.dk
Fri Aug 15 04:32:19 CEST 2003
> I guess what I really want to discuss here,
> is: "Could one in 1984 call oneself a Barksist
> without knowing that Barks didn't think that
> Scrooge and Grandma were siblings?"
IMO, yes no doubt about that as long as we talk about ordinary fans. But
when Marco Rota went on with the task of writing a biography for Donald Duck
he should have done a detailed research and maybe he did that and for a
Barksist the natural choice would be to search the works of Barks for useful
details for the forthcoming tale. Furthermore as Barks was alive and well in
his early/mid eighties at that time, the natural thing would have been to
make contact with the master himself for even closer consultations. It seems
that Marco Rota didn't do this some might thus say that he failed.
> No offense to Don Rosa, but this new
> relationship was so despite everything we grew
> up with that I'm surprised it ever got
> through... even though it came from Barks
I didn't grew up believing $crooge and Grandma were siblings. Actually I
can't remember that I ever gave that subject any thought at all until I read
Marco Rota's story and even then I didn't pay too much attention to it as
that was just another Italian story. (Please note that I like Italian
stories very much, but that I have always seen them as much vaguer when it
comes to consistency, than the American ones).
fortunately Egmont's editor - Byron Erickson is an American so there was no
reason he would censor *original* American *facts*. And if the "new"
relationship which actually is their *original* relationship, had not come
through wouldn't that have been a serious act of disrespect towards Barks?
And don't you think that Barks' managers at the time, would have seen such
and act as a clear insult against Carl Barks' good name and reputation and
thus sued Egmont for millions of $?
Daniel van Eijmeren:
> I think that even TODAY, one should be allowed
> to call himself a "Barksist" without knowing
> this (IMO) rather unimportant fact.
Maybe so, but wouldn't not knowing such basic details about the Ducks easily
make such a person look a bit ignorant?
> Saying Scrooge was the brother of the wife of
> the son of Grandma was as unlikely in Europe
> twenty years ago as it would have been saying
> a thousand years ago that the Earth is round
> as a ball.
Yes indeed, and luckily that new and correct view about the shape of the
Earth even though is was so despite everything people used to believe, got
More information about the DCML