The Complete Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Vol. 1

Fantagraphics. Apr. 2019. 248p. ISBN 9781683961741. $29.99. Rated: Teens+. anthologies
In 1877, a duckling named Scrooge with dreams of reclaiming his ancestral land and restoring honor to the name McDuck begins working as a shoeshine. The single dime he earns on his first day on the job becomes the foundation upon which he will eventually build a vast fortune, as his ambitions eventually propel him across the globe. He spends time piloting a riverboat on the Mississippi and battling cattle thieves out West, gains and loses control of a copper mine in a single afternoon, searches for gold in South Africa, and eventually travels to the Yukon, Australia, and elsewhere throughout the first half of the 20th century, encountering ghosts, bandits, and various world leaders along the way.
VERDICT The phenomenally wealthy, unabashedly miserly, and thoroughly adventurous Uncle Scrooge is probably better known in the States as the star of a late 1980s cartoon series. Yet these comics from Rosa (Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck, Vol 5: The Richest Duck in The World), originally serialized in Denmark’s Anders And & Co. (1992–94) and brought together here in a single volume for the first time, have sold millions of copies internationally. The stunning craft, sense of fun, and stirring action gracing every page of this Eisner Award–winning collection makes it easy to see why.

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