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Uncle Scrooge #352

March 24, 2006

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Isle of the Golden Geese and other stories

Easter greetings from the Disney gang!

Writers: Carl Barks, Lars Jensen, David Gerstein, Dick Kinney, Donald D. Markstein, G. Renard, D. Avenell, Gorm Transgaard
Art: Carl Barks, Jose Maria Manrique, Al Hubbard, Jose Maria Millet Lopez, Daniel Branca, Vicar
Colors: Susan Daigle-Leach, Egmont, Terry Letterman, Marie Javins, Sue Kolberg, Barry Grossman, Michael Kraiger
Letters: Susie Lee, Jon Babcock, Willie Schubert
Cover Art: Carl Barks
Publisher: Gemstone Publishing

In honor of Easter, the guys at Gemstone are giving us a seasonal goodie basket, with one all-out Easter tale and two more taking advantage of the theme to give us stories about eggs, of all things.

First up is “Isle of the Golden Geese,” a Carl Barks classic originally published in Uncle Scrooge #45 from 1963. In this tale, Scrooge stumbles across a golden feather and a few golden eggs. Thirsting for more, Scrooge sets out for the island of the geese that produced the golden items – and winds up in a race with his old enemy Magica DeSpell. This is one of the later stories from Barks’ legendary run, and the character is pretty well fleshed-out here, with a conclusion that cracks me up.

Jensen and Manrique follow this up with “Say Uncle.” When Scrooge recruits Donald for an overseas job, Donald gets his cousin Fethry Duck to look over Huey, Louie and Dewey in his absence. Fethry is determined to be a responsible parent, but when his overprotective urges go so far as to keep the boys inside instead of doing scheduled good deeds for the Junior Woodchucks, they have to take some drastic measures. A funny story, although Fethry just isn’t a character I’m really that fond of.

“The Great Egg Hunt,” by Dick Kinney and Al Hubbard, is the second egg story in this issue. In the hopes of scoring some good PR, Scrooge sets out to round up some condor eggs to bring back to the Duckburg zoo. He and Donald run across a native mountain man with designs on the eggs himself, however. This story isn’t quite as strong as the rest – Hubbard’s artwork, particularly on the caveman, doesn’t really pop for me. There’s no date on the story, but it feels kind of dated overall.

“Shake,” a one-page gag by Markstein and Lopez, may be the most talked-about story this issue – Louie orders a milkshake at a local soda shop… the Launchpad Special, and our guest chef is Launchpad McQuack! This is at least the second appearance of Launchpad in the regular Disney comics in the last few months, which seems to show more of a willingness to integrate some elements from the old Ducktales TV show into the comics. If Gemstone is doing this to see how the fans react – we love it! More Launchpad! And if you can work in Darkwing Duck too, well, I’ll be your new best friend.

“Magic’s Missing Magica,” by Renard, Avenell and Branca, is maybe the flat-out funniest story this issue. When word reaches Scrooge that Magica DeSpell is on the prowl yet again, he starts to go plain loony with worry. There’s a bit more slapstick in this story than you usually get with Scrooge, and that it’s done without fundamentally damaging the character is all we need to enjoy.

Finally, there’s this issue’s official Easter story, “The Bunny Song” by Transgaard and Vicar. Donald, absentmindedly working on his songwriting while on the job at Scrooge’s costume factory (how many jobs has that duck had?) accidentally puts in an order for 10,000 Easter Bunny costumes when he only needed 100. Stuck with 9,900 extra costumes, Scrooge and Donald go nuts trying to sell them all and save Scrooge from eating the costs. A funny story – not brilliant, but funny.

It’s an okay issue, overall. If you’re looking for something to put in your kid’s Easter basket to go along with all the chocolate and jellybeans, this comic would be a pretty good addition.

Rating: 7/10

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