Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Uncle Scrooge

Scrooge McDuck had first appeared in comics in 1949 and almost immediately the Duck side of the Disney comic book universe seemed to form around him. As hard as it is to believe, however, Uncle Scrooge never appeared in an animated cartoon until more than 15 years after his four-color debut.

Carl Barks was the anonymous show-runner behind Scrooge and the fans took notice, even though it would be years before they knew the identity of the "Good Duck Artist."Other artists and writers handled the character but the World's Richest Duck was mainly Barks' baby and he turned out some of the best comic book adventure stories of all time.

Seen here are the UNCLE SCROOGE issues from '66 as "Unca' Carl" wound down toward retirement.  Having premiered at Dell, by '66 Gold Key was publishing it. Gladstone would follow, then Gemstone and Boom. Along the way, the character would finally reach a wider audience via the successful TV cartoon, DUCKTALES, where he was voiced by MR. ED's human pal, Alan Young.


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