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Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck [Paperback]

Don Rosa
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Overstreet Publications, Inc (22 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911903968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911903966
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Rosa created this twelve-part story to delineate exactly how Scrooge McDuck acquired his fortune and became the World's Richest Duck. The story was originally serialized in the United States in Uncle Scrooge comics. Now it has been collected in one all-encompassing popularly-priced volume.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 12 Dec 2005
If you are a duck lover, you really should owe the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. It's the story about young scroogey till present day. The story tells about scrooge's years in Scotland, America ( 1st time ), Afrika, Australia and back to America where he learns to know Cornelius Coot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don Rosa is the best! 16 Jan 2007
How can anyone not love this duck? And who does it better than Don Rosa? I dare say no one, not even Carl Barks does it better... if you ask me. I am a huge McDuck fan, and this edition of Life & Times satisfy your every craving to more about the adventurer, the richest duck alive. Packed with amazing cartoon art, and brilliant facts, written by Don Rosa himself, it's a must for every fan! Hours and hours of entertainment of the very mest kind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug 2014
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Better than expected! Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest comics I've ever had the pleasure of reading. 18 July 2005
By Mister Bad Example - Published on
Most people my age aren't too familiar with the characters from the Uncle Scrooge comics, and fewer still realize that so many characters and stories from the "Ducktales" cartoon show came directly from the mind of Carl Barks, a brilliant Artist/Writer for these Disney comics. Don Rosa is one of the writers/artists that Barks had passed the torch on to, and given the brilliant stories in "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," it's no wonder why.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck follows Scrooge from just before his tenth birthday in his homeland of Scotland, and shows his adventures, begining with aquiring his Number 1 Dime. Scrooge travels to America to make his fortune, becomes a cowboy, a prospector and Argonaut, travels to the Klondike, Australia, South Africa, and even returns to Scotland before building his money bin, founding the town of Duckburg, and then begining the 27-year adventure that would bring him from simple billionaire to the lofty status of "Richest Duck in the World." You really get a distinct understanding of just how tough of an old miser Scrooge McDuck is by reading through this book.

Needless to say, Rosa did a brilliant job putting together "The Life and Times," particularly considering that the majority of the facts within the story came from random bits of dialogue from Carl Barks comics. Rosa won an Eisner Award back in 1996 for "The Life and Times" stories, and it is very well deserved.

There's a whole life behind these characters that you would never know from the Ducktales cartoon. These comics are the truest way to experience the depth and richness behind these characters, and "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" is a fantastic place to start.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!!! 6 Oct 2005
By Babytoxie - Published on
I am primarily a reader of superhero comics and never, ever had a desire, even as a child, to read any comics involving Disney characters. In fact, I didn't like Disney in general, so my little insulated world of comics would certainly not be tainted with the adventures of talking animals. That all changed this week when I purchased the trade paperback THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK. Even now, I can't say exactly what made me pick up this book. Maybe it was the excellent cost per page ratio. Maybe it was the exceptional printing quality and color. I have a sneaking suspicion that the spirits of Walt Disney and Carl Barks were urging me to give this character a try. I am so glad I did.

The title of this collection says it all fairly well: the story is indeed the life and times of Donald Duck's miserly uncle. It's the way the story is constructed that makes it so engaging. Writer/artist Don Rosa painstakingly researched the original Uncle Scrooge stories by creator Carl Barks, pulling out references and little tidbits to construct a fascinating history in 12 chapters, beginning in 1867, when little Scroogie was a mere shoeshine boy in his native Scotland, to 1947, detailing Scrooge's reintroduction to his nephew Donald, as well as Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Furthermore, you get seamlessly interwoven backgrounds on many characters associated with or related to Scrooge.

Primarily, Don Rosa tells some funny and entertaining stories, but they can also be full of emotion, as when Scrooge and his sisters leave Scotland for America, or when we see Scrooge caring more for money than for his family. I tore through this book in two afternoons, not because it's a quick read (far from it), but because I had such a hard time tearing myself away! Scrooge's adventures are not unlike those of Forrest Gump or Harry Flashman, in that he has a habit of turning up in the right place at the right time and encountering all sorts of famous historical characters or events. At the end of each chapter, Rosa provides informative notes on which occurrences were taken from which of Barks' stories. What really got my attention, however, was the art. The best way I can explain it is, picture the standard Disney characters superimposed on the frantic, crowded artwork of MAD Magazine artist Will Elder. There are so many details and humorous background additions to the panels, to the point that I wonder how Rosa was able to stay focused. In fact, there are several instances where I am convinced he was paying direct tribute to MAD.

It is easy to see why this story earned Don Rosa a Will Eisner Award in 1995. Even though I was totally unaware of it at the time, I fully support it! So, Mr. Barks, thank you for your wonderful creation. And Mr. Rosa, thanks to you for opening a door that I had considered closed long ago. Each of you has a new fan.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, so? 21 Dec 2005
By Johnny Heering - Published on
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Don Rosa is the greatest creator of Uncle Scrooge comics since Carl Barks himself. This book features Rosa's 12 part biography of Scrooge McDuck. Using clues from old Barks comics, he tells the story of how Scrooge became the richest duck in the world. It's a magnicicent comic, which won the 1995 Eisner award for Best Serialized Story. Highly recommended to any fan of Disney comics.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Rosa'a Masterpiece 7 Mar 2006
By Robert E. Toomey - Published on
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When I was a kid in the fifties, the only comic book artist whose work I recognized on sight was Carl Barks. Others knew him as "the Good Artist." I had no name for him. But I knew and loved his work. It stood out as something special from the other artists who drew Donald and the other Disney duck characters, and he was my favorite. Don Rosa, who wrote and drew "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," felt the same way. And here Rosa demonstrates that he is the only artist truly worthy of inheriting the Barks mantle of "the Good Artist." His loving retelling of the adventures of Uncle Scrooge, from his youth in Scotland to his adventures in Australia and the gold fields of Alaska, Rosa fills in the details hinted at by Barks, never violating what is already known about Scrooge, or the actual history of the times. It's an exciting tale, beautifully drawn and written, and with the added bonus of extensive story notes by Rosa. Definitely a work of art, and one from the heart. Carl Barks would have been proud.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing epic of a classic Disney character 3 April 2006
By Paul Schifferli - Published on
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Perhaps I'm a bit biased, since Scrooge McDuck is my favorite Disney character, but I found this to be one of the most captivating and amazing stories I have ever read in comic form. This comic tells the tale of Scrooge McDuck from his humble beginnings as a poor boy in Scotland with dreams of fortune and adventure. The comic follows Scrooge's exploits throughout the world, from meeting the Beagle Boys, encountering Flintheart Glomgold, founding the town of Duckburg, and meeting his nephews for the first time. It's a shame there aren't more backstories like this for other Disney characters. You'll enjoy this book if you're a fan of Scrooge, watched Ducktales as a kid, or just a fan of Disney in general.
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