Monday, August 2, 2010

Uncle Scrooge in “A Game of One-Cupmanship”. Review and Comments.

If anyone would like to see a full-blown review of the story I dialogued for UNCLE SCROOGE # 380, click on THIS LINK to visit the Blog “Duck Comics Revue” by our friend GeoX.

You’ll find his lengthy, illustrated review and my lengthy follow-up comments.
Visit Duck Comics Revue regularly. It’s unique and its fun.

And, what the heck, as long as links are wild, here’s my own original announcement of the story from 2008.

Had enough?

Yeah, I thought so!


Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Hey, thanks for the plug. It is most appreciated. We do our best.

joecab said...

Man he's a tough reviewer! It felt like he read a little too much into it rather than just sit back and enjoy it more, but to each his own. I liked it just fine.

Modern day references are also okay by me now once I simply decided that Don Rosa is the only creator I expect to keep everything tacitly frozen in the 1950sof the average story by Unca Carl.

Joe Torcivia said...


If nothing else, our friend “Geo” is certainly opinionated!

But, with that, comes an interesting read – and a good reason to make his Blog a regular stop. I enjoy his in-depth duck dissections whether or not I agree with his take.

For my part, I like taking what Carl Barks did so magnificently in the ‘40s thru ‘60s, and placing it in more modern times – while, whenever possible, also placing it squarely in “his universe”. And, as I pointed out in my comments, even Unca Carl advanced his stories solidly into the ‘60s – and would, no doubt have continued to do so had he worked on into subsequent decades.

Glad you enjoyed the story. It was probably my favorite one to work on – perhaps BECAUSE it so nicely built on what Carl Barks did.


joecab said...

You're right about the stories keeping up with the times, and granted I didn't discover the Duck stories until a decade or two after Barks stopped drawing them (bless you Another Rainbow), but it was still jarring coming across stuff like hippie culture in his later stories.

Does anyone really wanna see Mad Men stick around long enough to reach the Disco Era? ;)

Joe Torcivia said...

“Disco Don Draper”? Good heavens, no!

However, I would like to see Mad Men chronicle the entire sixties before its demise.

In particular, 1966 – which, I’ve said elsewhere, is my all time favorite year for pop culture. We had Carl Barks and Chuck Jones (albeit at MGM and not WB), Gene Roddenberry and Irwin Allen!

Gold Key, DC, and Marvel comics were tops! We came in one end with The Flintstones and Perry Mason, and out the other with Star Trek and The Time Tunnel! All TV went to color, and it was Carl Barks’ last full year of published work!

To my mind, regardless of how great (or awful) things have been since, 1966 was THE YEAR, and I wanna see clips from it on The Drapers’ TVs.

But my Ducks still exist in the here and now!

Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Ha ha--believe me, joecab, I'm significantly more mellow about these things than I once was. Ustabee, I was really interested in nothing but Barks and Rosa, with everything else seeming like meaningless and irritating distractions. That is no longer the case--I'm willing to read just about any duck story and try to evaluate/analyze it on its own merits. If it seems like I'm overthinking, it's because I respect Disney comics as an art form, and I think that any art form should be subject to rigorous scrutiny.

Thanks for reading, though!