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Walt Disney Treasures - Uncle Scrooge: A Little Something Special Paperback – February 26, 2008

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  • Series: Walt Disney Treasures
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gemstone Publishing; First Edition edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188847288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888472882
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Walt Disney Treasures collections have expanded into the world of Disney comics, and how great is that?!!! "Walt Disney Treasures: Uncle Scrooge, A Little Something Special" is the second volume of these fine new paperback collections sure to thrill fans of both the Disney Treasures DVDs and Disney comics alike. Here, we have 8 collected tales of my favorite Disney character, Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in the world, uncle to Donald Duck, and the true face of Disney's comic book legacy, the other world of Disney that many self-proclaimed Disney fanatics aren't even aware of.

This 160 page collection opens with an editorial about Scrooge's origin and his portrayal in comics both in the States and abroad, with insight into the stories chosen for inclusion in this collection. Then comes the first story, 1954's "The Seven Cities of Cibola", a true classic tale from the Duck-Man himself, Carl Barks, creator of Scrooge and many of the characters in his world. In this tale, Scrooge, worried that life is becoming stale without a new enterprise to take under his wing, is thrilled to be introduced to arrowhead collecting by Donald and the boys (Huey, Dewey, and Louie). Even with 3 cubic acres of money, 50 cents per arrowhead found is too good a deal for Scrooge to pass up! While searching though, he and his nephews end up on the trail of bigger treasure, that of the legendary Seven Cities. Just their luck, however, that the Beagle Boys would happen to be listening in on their plans to go after it.

The second story in the collection was written 10 years later by Carl Fallberg, and is presented in its complete version here for the first time in North America.
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If Mickey Mouse embodies the Horatio Alger myth in animated cartoons, then Uncle Scrooge McDuck fulfills something of the same role in comic books, with a slight twist: McDuck is what becomes of the Alger character when he makes his fortune.

While Mickey became the trademark, and some would say the "lure," of the Disney empire, Uncle Scrooge became the delight of Disney comic book readers, his ever-growing and troublesome fortune taking readers to all corners of the world and mythology. It helped that McDuck was the creation of Carl Barks, whose stories had already become the favorites in the "Comics & Stories" and "Donald Duck" titles.

"Treasures" series editor David Gerstein has wisely chosen a Barks classic, the "Seven Cities of Cibola" story, to lead-off this collection. Barks defined the character and set the standard for both the stories and the artwork. The stories that follow provide an interesting and entertaining cross-section of American and European takes on the McDuck mythos. Readers who have been away from comics for awhile may be surprised that so thoroughly American a character (despite the Dickensian shadings)has taken on such epic popularity abroad. "The Money Ocean" is a beautifully realized story from Italy's Marco Rota, known only to a handful of American fans until a decade or so back.

Other worthy artists represented here include Tony Strobl (with Carl Fallberg), William Van Horn (with John Lustig), and modern maverick Don Rosa, who wrote and drew "disguised" Uncle Scrooge adventures before breaking into Disney comics in the '80s. One story, "Getting That Healthy, Wealthy Feeling," has been restored to its original length, an extra-mile effort to be expected of editor Gerstein, who has also had a hand in the Disney Treasures DVD series.
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Maybe this is an obvious, uh, observation, but this collection is much more focused than the first Walt Disney Treasures volume. That collection, while enjoyable, tried to cover so much ground that its contents would probably seem like a bizarre mishmash to anyone not already familiar with Disney comics. (I am speaking somewhat of myself here.)

This volume, with its focus on Uncle Scrooge, allows a reader to get to know each character a little bit better because it doesn't jump around so much. The stories are all fun and the collection includes selections from a variety of creators rather than just Carl Barks or Don Rosa. I enjoyed reading these somewhat different takes on Scrooge. The capstone story of the book, "Whatever Happened to Scrooge McDuck" is a winner. The author found a way to wrap up the lifetime of Scrooge McDuck while still leaving the impression that the old duck's adventures will last forever.

After reading two of these Walt Disney Treasures volumes, the feeling that I get is that these stories are meant to whet the appetite rather than to satisfly. Unlike the Treasures DVDs, neither of these volumes are comprehensive or definitive. So, know what you're getting if you purchase it: not a chronological, all encompassing collection of materials but rather a curious and enjoyable grouping of tales by some of the most prominent creators over the last 6 decades.
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Now here's a collection of Uncle Scrooge comics that really lives up to its name- this -is- a little something special.

Walt Disney Treasures is best known as a series of dvds that collect tons of old, classic Disney cartoons, shorts and documentaries. I had a good collection of them at one point, and when I saw that they were doing comics as well, I had to get onboard. Unfortunately, I never got around to it until recently! My first collection was of course, this one here- Uncle Scrooge. The main reason being Don Rosa's contribution, which this book is named after. While not all the comics included here are great, Don's story and two others are incredible enough to warrant a purchase. Even with nice, new hardcover collections coming out, this is one book I'll be holding onto for a long time.

Others have already went over each individual story, so I'll just go over my three favorites.

First up is the first story, by none other than Carl Barks: The Seven Cities of Cibola. Scrooge has pretty much bought up every company around, and needs something exciting in his life. He finds Donald and the boys collecting arrowheads in the desert, which they can sell to people in town. Of course, Scrooge jumps on the chance to make more money, and in searching for arrowheads, the stumble upon the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. And would you guess who's hot on their trail? None other than the Beagle Boys. I really liked this story, and to be honest, I haven't read a whole lot of Carl Barks' Scrooge stories aside from what was in the first hardcover collection: Only a Poor Old Man. It's full of great scenery and facial expressions. This one also made me want to go back and watch DuckTales, since it felt like it could have been an episode with how the pacing went.
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