- Age Range: 8 and up
- Series: Uncle Scrooge
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: KaBOOM! (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608865665
- ISBN-13: 978-1608865666
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Uncle Scrooge: Around the World in 80 Bucks Paperback – October 12, 2010
About the Author
Staff di If is a comics studio created by Gianni Bono in 1973. They have collaborated on numerous comics, books and films for Disney.
Located in Barcelona, Fransesc Bargada Studios was founded by Francesc Bargada Subirats. They have worked for various European Disney publishers since the early 1980s.
Top Customer Reviews
It's too bad, really--Old Number One may have been excruciatingly awful, but at least it had some rather nice covers! 80 Bucks here is marginally less bad--not a difficult feat--but...well, let's just say the cover gallery would STILL have been the best thing here. I know this is just a cynical business move--the second volume of the pretty-good Double Duck does the same thing--but I like to pretend that they were actually just trying to avoid heightening the ol' contradictions. To which I can only say, nice try, but not very.
Actually, the IDEA of a Scrooge story inspired by the Verne novel is a perfectly good one; it provides ample opportunity for the sort of globe-trotting adventure that one expects from Scrooge. Romance! Adventure! Elephants! Unfortunately, this opportunity is entirely squandered on a story that studiously avoids becoming exciting by consistently relying on dopey contrivances and deus ex machinae rather than any particular resourcefulness on the part of our heroes.Read more ›
The tradition didn't continue. The basic premise of the story is good, but the storyteller lacks the subtle humour that permeates Rosa & Barks. The art work is not up to the old story tellers. The story lacks the spirit of adventure that is the true Uncle Scrooge.
What I can say about this volume with absolute certainty is that, while Boom!'s other Scrooge stories are often pale shadows of the work Carl Barks did with the characters back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, this story truly felt like one of his. It demonstrated a clear understanding of his characters, his plotting, and his pacing that other Barks imitations have sorely lacked.
The plot centers on Scrooge accepting a bet that he can get around the world without spending more than 80 dollars, and of course he brings Donald along for the ride. Each installment is filled with excitement, high comedy and, above all else, clever clever plotting, as Scrooge always finds a way to turn disaster into profit in thoroughly logical ways that the reader can never see coming. In the classic Barks style, the storyline takes us all around the world, experiencing sites strange and exciting, all while Flintheart Glomgold keeps the pressure on, Donald keeps the perspective grounded, and Scrooge keeps us guessing. It's lovingly done, carefully considered, and above all else, darn right entertaining, whether for a cranky old Ducks fan like myself or a curious second grader picking up his or her very first comic book.
Just trust an old Barks fan who holds his Scrooge stories to an exceptionally high standard -- this one is gold.