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The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion Paperback – September 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gemstone Publishing (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888472405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888472400
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Want more of Don Rosa's monumental The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck? The Life of Scrooge McDuck Companion is it, six new chapters that weave through the original 12 that have the pre-miser Scrooge encountering Magica De Spell, the Beagle Boys, Annie Oakley and other Western icons, and Teddy Roosevelt at the Panama Canal. Even better, "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek" and "Hearts of the Yukon" reveal Scrooge's (gasp) romantic side in his brief but intense relationship with Glittering Goldie. Filling out the volume are an excerpt from another Rosa tale of the early Scrooge, "Last Sled to Dawson," and "The Dream of a Lifetime," which puts an amusing time-travel spin on a number of the Life and Times chapters. If you haven't already read the complete "Last Sled to Dawson," however, you'll have to pick it up elsewhere, like in the Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck: Don Rosa Special or Uncle Scrooge #350. --David Horiuchi

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The art work is classic Disney.
Jade Warrior
Again, Rosa departs from Barks and creates realistic three-dimensional characters, wtih real feelings and motivations.
isala
Really a must have for any duck fan!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By isala on June 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Here Rosa presents stories hat did not fit into the original Scrooge Life and Times storyline. The stories here focus on the Yukon and Scrooges troubled relationship with Glittering Goldie. Again, Rosa departs from Barks and creates realistic three-dimensional characters, wtih real feelings and motivations. Some of these stories I cannot believe why they were not included in the original collection! Here, even Donald Duck gets an opportunity to show his (well-hidden) compassion and Scrooge finally finds redemption with Goldie. Magica de Spell is caught in a trap worthy of Barks himself.

Rosa prides himsalf with his historical accuracy, but I did find an error - Isaac Parker was the Hanging Judge, not Roy Bean.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bazza on November 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book provides stories of Scrooge's life adventures which were not included in the original "Life and Times" book. If you think the stories in the original book were already good, in this one they just got better! Wait till you read "the Prisoner of White Agony Creek" chapter. In addition, I was truly amazed by the chapter "the Cowboy Captain of Cutty Sark". The historical facts and names about the island that Scrooge visited were correctly written even though in my opinion, they would give problems to most native english speakers. (I was born on that island, and I have lived there for more than half of my life). This book contains some of the best of Don Rosa's work. A Masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mou on June 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This trade paperback collects the pre-, post-, and in-between chapters of gifted storyteller Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, and it's excellent fun. Essentially Rosa uses every bit of Carl Barks-created Scrooge obscura to create a gripping adventure that is both entertaining and nuanced. All-ages material at its finest.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Shults on March 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Great book---is awsome how all the stories are in the same book--but the binding on the book does not stay intact very long
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scroogey on September 13, 2006
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The stories are great, but unfortunately the printing registration is often off, the colors tend to be dull and downright muddy-looking. The artwork lacks the vibrant and crisp quality of the first edition comics. And something about the paper quality appears inferior. Does not do the stories justice. Overall, rather unimpressed and disappointed with Gemstone on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Comprador de Amazona on December 10, 2009
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I had already the original version (the "non-companion), and decided to buy this for the extra stories, and it didn't dissapoint. This is a great work of art! It is sad Mr. Rosa has never recieved the recognition he deserves like other workers in the comic industry like Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman. Really a must have for any duck fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Boress on March 3, 2008
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This book makes no pretenses that it is as good or as important of a work as the main "Life and Times" volume. That said, it is an enjoyable if somewhat scatter-shot collection of Rosa tales penned both before and after the main series that also interleave with those stories and Barks' original tales.

Inside you'll find an alternate perspective of how Scrooge earned his first dime, a multiple dose of Glittering Goldie, the return of Pothole McDuck, and more. There are also essays by the author that discuss his motivations and feelings about each included work.

My chief complaints have little to do with content and everything to do with presentation. I am by no means a "collector" that must keep all of his books in archival shape. However, my copy came arrived from Amazon looking scuffed. I'm not sure how to describe, really, the somewhat worn appearance of the cover, which is peppered with tiny gray splotches where something transfered onto it and small white bits where something removed the color from it. I might have sent it back for another, but I didn't want the hassle.

Also, I must agree with one reviewer that in some places the colors are out of alignment with the outlines in the interior of the book. However, I disagree with that same reviewer in that I found the colors themselves to be quite vibrant, possibly more so than in the main volume of "Life and Times."

Finally, I'm not sure why one tale was included only as an excerpt. I suppose only the portion dealing with Scrooge's early life was included. I wouldn't know where to find the complete tale or what was left out. It is labeled as a "bonus tale" so we're not supposed to complain. However, it may be a sour note for completists.

I dock this book 1 star for the condition it was in upon arrival from Amazon and also for the interior printing. My apologies to the author, as I would otherwise give this a 5-star rating.
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Format: Hardcover
In this final volume of Boom! Studios deluxe hardback series of Don Rosa's expansion of the Scrooge McDuck universe we are treated to a number of "B" stories (inbetweeners) across many stages in Scrooge's life, framed by bookends in his money bin in which he tells tales of adventures to his nephews (and a disbelieving Donald).

As before, there is more drama in story of Scrooge McDuck than in a year's worth of superhero brooding. These are complex characters and layered, believable stories of determination, regret, and redemption. There are still a number of laugh-out-loud moments too, but they don't detract from the overall weight of the drama. As a bonus we also get a clever Total Recall-ish story at the end, proving that Rosa can be innovative and funny even when working with apparent "filler" material.

Along with the first two volumes, this is simply a must-have.
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