DONALD DUCK # 366 (May): “Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold – Again!” is the figurative and literal “Crown Jewel” of my current trio of scripts, following “To the Moon by Noon”, and “The Pelican Thief”.
Another thing that’s changed is that, unlike the original “Pirate Gold” yarn – which was, in many spots, a wordless, glorified animation storyboard – this version was chock full of dialogue balloons for me to fill with humor and characterization. So, please allow for such differences in storytelling between the two.
But, at its core, it’s still Ol’ Yellow Beak, Donald, the nephews, an old ship, and another treasure map! And, I’m proud to be along for the 22-page ride!
Daan Jippes did a spectacular cover for this issue! All the more fitting because he did the Gladstone cover for DONALD DUCK # 250, back in 1986! Contrast his more ‘80s Gladstone style with his more lively and wide-open, full-throttle style of today!
The effort is further enhanced by the superb lettering of David Gerstein (squarely hitting the trifecta of dialogue, specialty, and effects lettering), and noticeable depth is added courtesy of Braden Lamb’s coloring! And a huge tip of the captain’s hat to Editor Christopher Burns for keeping us all off the rocks!
Things to look for when reading:
There are also three references on Page 4, Panel 4 regarding Yellow Beak’s former shipmates. Hint: They’ve ALL actually met him… though perhaps under different names. Two were mine, and one was added by the incomparable David Gerstein! …We think so much alike on this stuff, it’s scary!
Things not to look for when reading:
Yellow Beak’s peg leg! He wasn’t drawn with it, and I make no reference to that fact in my script. I can only speculate that, at some point, he and Pete availed themselves of a “two-for-one sale" somewhere, and rectified the situation.
Things I hope you will have when reading:
A good time!
Enjoy… and comments are always welcome!
Thanks to one and all at Boom! Studios / Kaboom! for allowing me to participate in this very special issue!