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Uncle Scrooge #343

June 24, 2005

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Pudding it Straight and other stories

Duckberg is awash in pudding! Can the ducks save the day?

Writers: William Van Horn, Pat & Carol McGreal, Terry Laban, Tony Isabella, Gail Renard, Olaf Solstrand, Pat & Shelly Block
Art: William Van Horn, Jose Massaroli, Romano Scarpa, Jose Maria Manrique, Maria Jose Sanchez Nunez, Marcal Abella Bresco
Colors: Susan Daigle-Leach, Egmont, Marie Javins, Pamela Rambo, Michael Kraiger & Sue Kolberg
Letters: Jon Babcock, Susie Lee, Travis Seitler & Willie Schubert
Editor: Arnold T. Blumberg
Cover Art: Daniel Branca
Publisher: Gemstone Comics

Before we go into the review, I’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to not one, but three individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Disney comics, all of whom recently passed away. Bruce Hamilton, the longtime publisher of Gladstone comics, artist Romano Scarpa, who contributed a story this issue, and artist Daniel Branca, who has done some of the finest covers since Carl Barks. All will be missed.

Moving on to the actual comic book, we start with William Van Horn’s “Pudding it Straight.” Scrooge’s little-seen brother Rumpus is in town, and under attack by (wait for it) a sentient wave of tapioca pudding. In a panic, he goes to Scrooge and his nephews for help. The ending is a classic Van Horn twist. It’s an okay story, but I don’t really care for any tale with Rumpus in it – the character doesn’t fit into any family tree whipped up by Scrooge’s creator, Carl Barks, and he doesn’t seem right in the stories either.

The McGreals and Massaroli contribute this story’s the best story, the two-part “A Knight to Remember.” When a young woman comes to Scrooge to bargain for an ancient window in his collection, he finds a clue to find the treasure of the “Knights Simplar.” It’s a cute a enough story, but placing it in this issue, just one issue after Don Rosa’s similarly-themed “The Castle’s Other Secret” is a really bad move. The other story is a real masterpiece of the form, and an unfavorable comparison is inevitable.

In “Security,” by Laban and Scarpa, a con man tries to get his hands on a giant ruby in Scrooge’s possession by turning the billionaire against some of his loyalist employees. It’s a nice little tale that shows Scrooge’s more human side. This story is followed up by “Gyro 2.0” by Renard and Manrique (with dialogue by Tony Isabella – Gyro Gearloose decides to up his efficiency by creating robot duplicates of himself – with predictably disastrous results.

“Being Donald Duck” by Solstrand and Nunez is a surprisingly strong story in this issue. The Beagle Boys swipe a mind-switching device from Gyro and use it to replace Donald with one of their own. The fake duck waltzes into the money bin to try to find a way to steal his fortune. This is a nice, funny tale that fits the characters involved better than the others in this issue.

Finally, we have “Golden Slumbers” by the Blocks and Bresco, a short, wordless tale of Scrooge prospecting in the Klondike. A story like this is dependent on the art to carry it, and it does it well.

Overall, though, this is a rather disappointing issue of Uncle Scrooge, with no anchor tale, and a strong point that suffers because it’s just not as good as another story that happens to use the same elements that we just read last issue.

Rating: 6/10

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  1. November 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I know I’m six years behind schedule on this, but I just stumbled across this through Google and wanted to say thanks for a nice review. There’s far between reviews of Disney comics out there that I’m aware of (at least for those of us who write comics that rarely are published in the US), so it’s always interesting to stumble across them.

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