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The Life & Times Of Scrooge McDuck Volume 1 (Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Com) Hardcover – March 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Com (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Boom! Studios (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160886538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608865383
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This carefully crafted odyssey following the early years of Disney's wealthiest duck rewards the sharp-eyed reader. Each chapter tells a different tale of the years before Scrooge amassed his great fortune, beginning with his youth as the last of a once great Scottish clan, now left destitute in Glasgow and clinging to the ruins of their ancestral castle. Scrooge soon leaves to seek his fortune elsewhere: on the Mississippi River, across the cattle fields of the Wild West, and in the mines of Montana and South Africa. Rosa's thorough research is astounding. While devotedly following the works of previous Scrooge writer Carl Barks, each tale is drawn from hints of Scrooge's past left by Barks. Rosa also takes great care in paying attention to the actual historical events of each era, often discovering a minor event or fact that becomes a key part of Scrooge's story. Rosa's dense art makes startlingly efficient use of every page, telling complex stories that both work on their own and build into a larger story. Each adventure is followed by Rosa's notes detailing the inspirations and homages. Rosa's effort is as ambitious as Scrooge's and the results of his hard work just as impressive. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up—In 1947, Disney illustrator Carl Barks introduced the world to the miserly Scrooge McDuck. This book collects the first six chapters of Rosa's Eisner Award-winning The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, in the creation of which he zealously researched, and incorporated, every reference Barks made to McDuck's past. The result is a masterful weaving of cartoons and author commentary that describes Scrooge's adventures as a shoeshine boy in Scotland, a riverboat captain and cowboy in America, and gold prospector in Africa. Rosa has done a fabulous job of integrating Barks's vague background information about his famous character with what was happening in history at the time. Readers will encounter such historical figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Murdo MacKenzie. They also get to see the imagined origin of such favorite characters as The Beagle Boys. Fans of the original miserly creature will appreciate learning his history and the steps Rosa took to re-create it, while younger readers will simply enjoy the book's exciting stories and humorous pictures. One caveat: True to the original cartoon, there are some stereotypical portrayals of various cultures.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A true must for any Don Rosa, Disney, or Uncle Scrooge fan.
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I suggest it to any comic, Disney, or Ducktales fan as well as people looking for a good story.
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The colors are vibrant and clear, and the art is nicely detailed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on March 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Carl Barks was one of the seminal artists in the history of American comics, but he is whose influence is little-recognized in his own country, relatively speaking. For thirty years from the 1930s to the 1960s, Barks laboured anonymously for the Walt Disney Corporation, producing comics about Donald Duck and related properties, including his most famous creation, Scrooge McDuck. Disney comics are little-remembered in American popular culture compared to the work of Stan Lee and co., but in Europe the reverse is true. Most North Americans today would recognize Scrooge from the 1984 "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and "DuckTales", the classic cartoon series based on Barks' work.

"The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" is Don Rosa's masterwork tribute to Barks' epic body of work on Scrooge McDuck's comics. Rosa is a fan of the first degree, whose attitude toward the work of others with Barks' characters is condescending at best (look to any of the commentaries included there, where any usage of ideas from writers other than Barks is offered apologetically); he despised "DuckTales" for its adaptational looseness. The plot is based on chronologically arranging every anecdote Barks ever gave about Scrooge's past and, with few exceptions, stringing a story between them. And yet, it's an excellent story, because Rosa knows what he's doing, and there's rather less contradiction in Barks' own writing than you might expect given the circumstances.

We first meet Scrooge in Scotland, the child of a family of impoverished aristocrats. Driven to find his fortune in the New World, Scrooge travels to America and has a number of adventures while trying to make money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DC_Fan_52 VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I was looking for comic books to add to my collection, two names stood out among the list of Graphic Novels, "Bone" and "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck." I am not a Carl Barks fan. I am not European. And I'm only as much a Ducktales fan as the average person who used to watch it on TV fifteen years ago, and then stopped. But The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck really won me over, and deserves its place among the list of great Graphic Novels.

Why it's a book so nice, I bought it twice!

I actually own the 12-Issue softcover version, as well as this hardcover version. And I can tell you they are the exact same book, only split into two volumes. I wish I knew the exact term for the paper quality, but I can at least tell you the paper is not "thin" like most modern comic, nor is it newspaper-y like old comics, but its not super-glossy like you see in DC's Absolute Editions or Marvel's Omnibus-es. Its good paper quality.

They both contain the exact same "Forward" by the author, Don Rosa. Just like before, in between the chapters, Don Rosa gives his notes about how he approached the chapter, and all the little clues and Easter Eggs that hardcore Duckfans love.

The only thing that's different is the built in bookmarker ribbon, which is nice, because you'll never want to lose your place.

Even if you haven't watched Ducktales in 15 years, you're going to fall in love with this book. The colors are vibrant and clear, and the art is nicely detailed. And the writing puts a smile on my face. "The Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck" is in essence, the Biography of Scrooge McDuck, telling the tale from his start as a shoeshine boy is Scotland to being the richest duck in the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on June 5, 2011
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I have to confess that I dreaded reading this book. Scrooge McDuck was my absolute most-favorite comic when I was a kid, and I just wasn't sure that anybody could take the Scrooge character and go backward in time to his youth, build strong plots, and show us how the character came to be what he is. I was totally wrong, as I learned the minute I started to read the first story. This is a wonderful book, with perfect art, wonderful writing, great plotting and dialogue, a terrific sense of humor, and great breakdown of the story into panels. I'm thrilled with this book and recommend it to friends whenever I can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shaxper on May 13, 2010
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Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is possibly the Apex of Disney storytelling, and Boom! Studios has rolled out their new edition of this pinnacle achievement with all the style and respect that such an amazing story deserves.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is the tirelessly researched, lovingly executed life story of Scrooge McDuck, Disney's most beloved and complex comic book character. Rosa painstakingly researched every Scrooge story ever written by his creator and legendary writer, Carl Barks, for references, both substantial and passing, to Scrooge's past. Rosa then built a 12 part 200+ page story upon all of these references in order to create a true and meticulously crafted origin for our beloved miser. Life and Times is moving, character intensive, laugh out loud funny, and above all else, absolutely fascinating. It hones and tightens up Barks' work on the character, making him even more complicated, even more endearing, and even more difficult, all at the same time, as we watch him grow from an impressionable ten year old in a Glasgow slum to a naive fortune-seeker being blown out of a smoke stack, a redeemer of his family name in an armor-clad duel to the death, a devil-may-care cowboy clinging to his horse by a belt (having lost everything else he was wearing!), and finally a hardened, hot tempered prospector who tames and rides a lion into town without giving the matter a second thought. And, keep in mind, this is only volume one of the series!

Best yet, though, Boom! Studios has truly given this work the kind of presentation that it richly deserves. The hardback volume is quite attractive, the print and paper quality is stunning, and most impressively of all, Boom!
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