Today’s the day to go to your local comic shop and join the hunt for “The Treasure of Marco Topo” in MICKEY MOUSE # 309!
As previously mentioned, the story is by Romano Scarpa and features an All-Star cast!
Translation is by the incomparable David Gerstein, the American English script is by yours truly… with some additional material by Christopher Meyer.
But, HOW we did it is a story in itself…
On Saturday, April 09, 2011, David and I began work on the script in a wonderfully hectic fashion, sequestered in his apartment.
David drew upon a Danish translation of the story, frantically converting it to English – and printing it page-by-page as he went.
Literally, it was handed to me “page-by-translated page”…and off I went, merrily scripting as the pages came.
Clearly, this blind approach required some return and revision but, remarkably, Romano Scarpa’s original story, David’s translation, and my script were very much in synch!
I handed in a first complete draft – of both parts of the story – on April 11!
During that in-person scripting session, we had great fun throwing things back and forth… resulting in the very title of the story!
Originally titled “The Venetian Treasure” or some such, I was not about to possibly end my comics scripting career on such a bland and generic title.
Our title would unfold before our eyes, in the following sequence.
• Mickey’s Italian ancestor in this story was named “Milo Mouse” in the version David was translating. Perhaps in the original as well?
• I didn’t care for that name, and suggested he be called “Marco Mouse” – after Marco Rota (who did a nice cover for the issue).
• On top of this, and drawing on Mickey’s Italian name of “Topolino”, David decided he become “Marco Topo”!
• I loved it, and further suggested a riff on the title of Carl Barks’ ‘60s epic “The Treasure of Marco Polo”(UNCLE SCROOGE # 64, 1966)… making this “The Treasure of Marco Topo”!
And, you’ve just been given a peek into our creative process! …Neat, huh?
Oh, and Walt Disney makes a cameo appearance in the issue! …Intrigued, yet?
Buy the issue, and enjoy it! And be back for Part Two NEXT WEEK in WDC&S # 720.
...But before that, let's meet back here this weekend to discuss "Where's Donald"!