Question re "Dream of a Lifetime" kimba1962 at
Tue May 11 17:00:18 CEST 2004

I've recently read "Dream of a Lifetime" (SEVERAL times, so as to catch all the LATOSM references) and while I enjoyed the artistry and cleverness of the story, I'm curious as to why Gemstone and/or Rosa didn't accompany it with an article cross-referencing the source of the "dream" references.  I can't help but think that SOME readers didn't get quite as much out of the tale as they might have had they been provided this additional information.  Don, Gary, any comments on this?

Chris Barat
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> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 07:47:33 -0400
> From: "L. Schulte" <lschulte at>
> Subject: Anecdote on Disney Comic Sales
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> At my local comic book shop I am the only customer for Disney Comics, and 
> the owner obtains only one issue for the titles I want.  Otherwise the 
> place is full of superhero/dark fantasy stuff and role-playing game 
> supplies.  It is also frequented by plump pre-adolescent and adolescent 
> males, who seem to be monomaniacally attached to their roles in the 
> role-playing games!
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> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 15:24:06 +0200
> From: Eta Beta <psersimmon at>
> Subject: Re: To Pete or not to Pete
> To: <dcml at>
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> >> How many DCML List members does it take to change a lightbulb?
> >
> >I love dis joke Eta Beata, good job :-)))
> Thanks, but it's not my own, it was recently posted on another
> mailing list after an extended OT spell (in which I took
> considerable part :-)
> >>So, we can say that it is historically true and estabilished that
> >>the early bear and the later cat are indeed the same character,
> >>weird as it may sound ?
> >
> >Why not. Maby he had some sort of plastic sergery :-)
> That's a nice one, too :-)
> >For me moust desterbing part is theat Pete had a Peg leg and letter his
> >normal leg it grown back.
> Not exactly. As explained in the 1941 daily strips continuity
> "The Mystery at Hidden River" (YM 047) by Merril De Maris and
> Floyd Gottfredson, Pete had his old peg-leg replaced with a
> modern prosthetic leg, meaning an artificial leg that looks like
> a real one.
> Cheers!
> Eta Beta
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> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 16:07:43 +0200
> From: "GGK" <ggk at>
> Subject: Re: DCML Digest, Vol 15, Issue 11
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> Eta Beta :
> >Not exactly. As explained in the 1941 daily strips continuity
> >"The Mystery at Hidden River" (YM 047) by Merril De Maris and
> >Floyd Gottfredson, Pete had his old peg-leg replaced with a
> >modern prosthetic leg, meaning an artificial leg that looks like
> >a real one.
> Thank's for explenation.
> Yours
> Maciek
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> Message: 4
> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 11:15:53 -0400
> From: "Daniel J. Neyer" <jerryblake2 at>
> Subject: Latest Gemstone Issues and New Barks Story
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> Just purchased (somewhat late, I know) the latest issues of Uncle Scrooge
> and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories. Really enjoyed "Dream of a
> Lifetime", and recognized all the "dream" sequences except the Blackjack
> Ballroom fire that opened and closed the story. Is this from "Hearts of
> the Yukon"? I unfortunately missed that one when Gladstone published it.
> Donald's meeting with Hortense was hilarious and a bit touching, too, and
> the "falling makes you wake up" gimmick made perfect sense to me--I've
> had that experience in dreams lots of times! One minor boo-boo--in Don's
> "Buckaroo of the Badlands", Jesse James has a moustache and a suit and
> his brother is more sloppily dressed and has a beard. In "Dream" the
> names of the James boys seem to be reversed--the moustached one is Frank
> and the bearded one is Jesse. A very good story, all in all--but I hope
> Scrooge finds out about that well entrance soon. There's no telling how
> much trouble the Beagles can cause with that secret passage into the Bin.
> The other stories in the issue were OK, but just filler compared to
> "Dream." Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, on the other hand, represents
> another "thumbs-down" issue. The Van Horn story was good as always, but
> the Daisy yarn was ridiculous (Daisy was "miscast" in the story to begin
> with, but this could have been done using any character and would still
> be as blah as all get out). 
> The worst part, though (this has sadly been the trend lately) was the
> Mickey story, another flash and thunder "magic" tale. What, oh what, has
> happened to the Mickey who used to battle Pegleg Pete's rackteers, Wolf
> Barker's outlaws, and the like with "his naked hands"? Now he can't get
> anything done without magical powers or other outside help. It would seem
> Egmont, in reaction to the boringly perfect Mickey of Paul Murry, has
> gone to the opposite extreme and made our Mouse an unsure-of-himself
> bumbler who at best can nimbly dodge overweight thugs. There's an
> inbetween Mickey, boyishly exuberant but resourceful, unflappable, and
> good-humored, shown in the works of Gottfredson and Romano Scarpa--both
> of whom didn't exist, at least going by Gemstone's current policy. I
> repeat--stop printing Mickey altogether if you're not going to give us
> the real Mouse.
> The best part of this issue of WDC&S, besides the Van Horn tale, was the
> Branca-illustrated fishing yarn. I had this one in an old, second-hand
> Whitman (I think) that was unfortunately thrown out, and was delighted to
> see it again, albeit with a slightly different translation than what I
> remembered. 
> This stuff on Blum's "new" story using Barks' old cartoon outline is
> interesting, not the least in that I remember Blum roundly dismissing the
> outline in a Carl Barks Library article as not capturing the essence of
> the characters. Guess he doesn't care what he's said in the past so long
> as he can get the acclaim of "discovering" a new Barks yarn. But why is
> he working magic into the plot? I guess that's all you can expect from a
> man whose major creative influences are "the Secret World of Jules Verne"
> and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I'm not kidding--he says so on his
> website.
> Sorry for the negative tone of this e-mail, but the "Brave New World" of
> Gemstone has some very unpleasant aspects that I fear may someday eclipse
> the good stories we know and love.
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> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 13:33:01 -0400
> From: "Jason Gerstein" <rabidferret at>
> Subject: Don Rosa Original Art
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> Hello fellow duck fans!
> For anyone who is searching for original Don Rosa art, 9 pages from 'The 
> Incredible Shrinking Tightwad' are now available at:
> If you've got any questions, please feel free to ask!
> -Jason
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> Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 18:00:55 -0500
> From: Chris Hilbig <chilbig1 at>
> Subject: Anders And & Co
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> Does anyone know where I can buy a copy of the latest Anders And & Co. 
> I know I can purchase a subscription via Amazon, but I'd love to get my 
> hands on this week's issue with the Phantom Blot. If nothing else, 
> it'll give me an excuse to finally learn another language. :P
> Thanks,
> Chris Hilbig
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> Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 01:05:43 +0200
> From: "Daniel van Eijmeren" <dve at>
> Subject: Re: Barks NEW story?
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> MATEUSZ LIS to MACIEK, 09-05-2004:
> > I think Daniel van Eijmeren (or maybe someone else?) can write more 
> > about Barks' script.
> I haven't seen Blum's version of Barks's idea. According to Inducks, 
> it's titled 'Powerplay On Killmotor Hill', 20 pages.
> There's no connection with any other stories/ideas mentioned, at this 
> moment. But I'm sure that will change soon. :-)
> According to Inducks, Jippes's story is an untitled (???) ten-pager:
> As far as I know, both Jippes's and Blum's stories both are based on a 
> "condensed version" of the "Donald-Scrooge opus". This condensed version 
> has been transcribed in both Barrier and The Carl Barks Library. Any 
> other Barks material for the cartoon is lost, unless times have changed.
> Here's some more information on Barks's "Donald-Scrooge opus":
> Submission: 1955, January 10 
> (Barks letter with nine page synopsis and condensed version) 
> Ken Peterson, then head of the story department at the Disney Studio, 
> decided to make an animated cartoon featuring Scrooge McDuck. Barks 
> created a nine-page synopsis for the cartoon, but the project was 
> abandoned. 
> Description: Donald works at Scrooge's money bin, operating a money-
> sorting machine that runs by power. When Donald is away for lunch, the 
> radio announces a plague of rats is loose in the city. Scrooge closes and 
> shutters all of his windows and bolts the door. He sits down terrified 
> to eat his cheese sandwich, but before he can begin he is besieged by a 
> determined rat who has smelled the cheese from afar. The rat threatens to 
> destroy a ten-thousand dollar bill, if Scrooge doesn't order the most 
> expensive cheese in the world. 
> Surviving material: A condensed, typed two-page version of the nine-page 
> synopsis has survived. This condensed version was written as part of the 
> January 10, 1955 letter that accompanied the synopsis. The Carl Barks 
> Library contains a transcription of the letter. No original paperwork is 
> shown. (04B-460) 
> The Disney Archives has preserved a file of correspondence between 
> Peterson and Barks on this cartoon.
> Status: Barks nine-page synopsis is lost. 
> Backstage: Because of Scrooge's success in the comics, Ken Peterson, 
> then head of the story department at the Disney Studio, decided to 
> make a cartoon featuring the character. In an October 24, 1984 letter 
> to Geoffrey Blum, Ken Peterson told: "When we were doing shorts, there 
> was always a need for story ideas, and since Scrooge McDuck had really 
> been developed fully in comics, it was natural that I would contact 
> Carl Barks for help." Peterson had known Barks since 1936, when they 
> worked in the same room as in-betweeners on the Disney cartoons. 
> Following a phone call, Peterson sent a letter to Barks on January 4, 
> 1955, inquiring if the Duck Man was at liberty to do outside work under 
> the terms of his contract with Whitman and requesting "a story idea for 
> Scrooge McDuck, which would be suitable for an animated short." (Whitman 
> was the division of Western Publishing that produced the comic books.) 
> Six days later, on January 10, 1955, Barks responded with a nine-page 
> synopsis, for which he provided a condensed version in an accompanying 
> letter: "I enclose a "synopsis" of the Donald-Scrooge opus we discussed 
> the other day. It started out to be a short, simple draft of a plot, but 
> ended looking more like a shooting script, as I kept building the scenes. 
> I type out a condensed version below, so you can get a quick idea of what 
> all those nine pages are about. [...] I hope you like the yarn. But if it 
> isn't what you guys think would be a good animation story, I can always 
> use it in the comics. So, don't feel that you have to be shy about sending 
> it back." 
> The underlying theme of Barks's synopsis is about the modern working man 
> (Donald) and the easy, unworried life he leads as contrasted to that of his 
> boss (Scrooge). Donald is surrounded by every modern convenience, while 
> Scrooge is besieged by a rat, which threatens to destroy a ten-thousand 
> dollar bill. 
> Barks's synopsis included a gag about Donald operating a money-sorting 
> machine that runs by power. In the January 10, 1955 letter, Barks explained: 
> "The idea for the money-sorting machine is adapted from a cover I drew for 
> the UNCLE SCROOGE magazine [US 10]. It will appear on the stands in early 
> summer. The original idea was mine, and it now belongs to Disney, anyway." 
> Peterson wrote again to Barks on February 14, 1955; Barks had visited the 
> Studio in the interim and had seen the storyboards for a cartoon with 
> Scrooge and Donald. It is obvious, from Peterson's letter, that Barks's 
> synopsis had not been followed: "We are still working on the Scrooge McDuck 
> and Donald idea we had on the board at the time you were [here.] We hope to 
> shape this story up for a first effort. We may still be interested in using 
> your story idea at a later date...." Peterson told Barks that the Studio 
> wanted to keep the script for a month or so, unless Barks wanted to use it 
> for a comic book. 
> Peterson kept the script/synopsis until May 6, 1955. Then he returned it, 
> with a letter explaining that the Studio was heavily involved in television 
> production, and that the chance of producing a Scrooge cartoon was remote.
> (In The Carl Barks Library, Thomas Andrae and Geoffrey Blum have theories 
> about some other possible reasons.)
> Barks never used his synopsis as basis for a comic book. When Barrier asked 
> him why, in 1974, he said: "I just didn't have quite enough action. I would 
> need to have jazzed it up and introduced some clouds of rats, or something. 
> In other words, it would have been a story that starred Uncle Scrooge, and 
> the kids and Donald wouldn't have had enough to do with it. I would have had 
> to have used them in there." 
> As a matter of fact, Barks had tried out two of the story's devices a year 
> before writing the script for Peterson. In the impervi-wax money case story 
> (WDC 171), Donald is hired to work in the money bin, and a mouse gets inside. 
> After a few pages of gags, however, the rodent business is dropped, and the 
> story takes off in a new direction, about an invention by Gyro Gearloose. 
> In 2001 or 2002, Daan Jippes has created a ten-page story, which uses a 
> segment of Barks' idea, the part about Scrooge battle with the blackmailing 
> rat. (D/D 2001-021)
> Scrooge McDuck has been used in the titles for the Mickey Mouse Club on 
> television in the 1950s, but only for a few seconds, popping out of the 
> Big Bad Wolf's hat. In 1967, the Studio released a double-length short 
> titled 'Scrooge McDuck and Money', which was Scrooge's first appearance 
> in a theatrical film. 
> Correspondence: 
>      January 4, 1955 letter from Ken Peterson to Carl Barks 
>      January 10, 1955 letter from Carl Barks to Ken Peterson 
>      February 14, 1955 letter from Ken Peterson to Carl Barks 
>      May 6, 1955 letter from Ken Peterson to Carl Barks 
>      October 24, 1984 letter from Ken Peterson to Geoffrey Blum 
> Interviews: 
>      Interview[?] with Carl Barks by Michael Barrier, conducted in 1974. 
>      Interview with Jack Hannah by Jim Korkis, conducted from 1977 to 1983. 
> Michael Barrier book 'Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book' (page 218)
> Thomas Andrae and Geoffrey Blum article 'The Animated Scrooge', published 
> in the Carl Barks Library (04B-459)
> --- Daniël
> "For goodness, sake! Who's that guy - the PIED PIPER?"
> (Which Barks story?) :-)
> hint #1: It's not "The Pied Piper of Duckburg".
> hint #2: "Hold on, boys! I had no idea it was THAT tasty!"
> hint #3: "Look at the mice go for that cheese!"
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