Friday, December 27, 2013

Donald Duck Christmas On Bear Mountain

The cover story "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is famous because it's where Scrooge McDuck made his first appearance. Those who are familiar with Donald Duck and his family's stories know how Uncle Scrooge's character had developed since. The most beloved stories of course the ones ala Indiana Jones style, where Donald and his nephews, sometimes with Uncle Scrooge himself (usually he only provides the funds), are in search of rare treasures.

This album also features long stories such as 'Volcano Valley' [Donald and his nephews are trapped in a country where its inhabitants love taking siestas], 'Adventure Down Under' [Donald and his nephews in Australia and catch a kangaroo named Mournful Mary], and 'Donald Duck and the Ghost of the Grotto' [my favourite in this album, perhaps because I hadn't read it again after so many years. Donald and his nephews solve a mistery.]. I prefer a clever, sensible Donald (and not an angry one like his early appearance with Mickey Mouse) with smart, helpful nephews (not those naughty little ones in early stories).

A panel from the Ghost of the Grotto
First appearance of Scrooge McDuck.
In later stories he lives in his money bin, not a mansion.

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