So, where’s Donald?
Is he off scouring the Andes for Square Eggs?
Competing with Gladstone Gander for the too-fickle-for-my-tastes Daisy?
Might he be suffering various and sundry indignities while sounding the gong to herald “The Mickey Mouse Club” – while “The Leader of the Club That’s Made for You and Me” is off adventuring in Venice with everybody else?
Or, did he just go off to WHEREVER HE WAS for the first 17 pages of DONALD DUCK # 367?
Only Romano Scarpa knows for sure, and he ain’t tellin’… so that left it up to David, Christopher Meyer, and me to figure it out.
And, figure it out we did.
Turns out, according to the printed version, he was polishing pennies for Uncle Scrooge – who, rather unfairly even for him, was off to Venice with the gang!
BUT… was that always the case? Not exactly!
Here’s an excerpt from my original draft:
Mickey (plane): Too bad Donald and the boys couldn’t have come along!
Scrooge: A Tae-Kwon-Duk tournament, I hear! ***
Add a Box: “*** See Donald Duck and Friends # 360!”
Brigitta: Your nephew? Seriously? No way!
Add a Box: “And there’s “no way” you’ll want to miss the character packed (though Donald-less) conclusion to our story… coming up in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories # 720! …Be there, just to keep an eye on Pete, won’t you!”
Yes, readers… I actually attempted to reference my own scripted “Titan of Tae-Kwon-Duk”, as seen in DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #360.
Donald was tripping-up “The Bellicose Blutosaki” with a melted candy bar – AT THE SAME TIME the rest were flying off to Venice.
I kinda liked that, in the same way DC Comics might have noted Superman’s absence from a JLA adventure by pointing to a recent (or otherwise concurrent) story as the cause.
“Titan of Tae-Kwon-Duk” was certainly in readers’ recent memory so, what the heck… I threw it out there!
From this perspective, I have to agree. “The Treasure of Marco Topo” will read better as a stand-alone adventure without the unnecessary continuity attempt.
But, thanks to Pete and Ryan’s curiosity as to Donald’s whereabouts, you’ve just been given another peek into our creative process!
Now that you “know so much”, be back for Part Two NEXT WEEK in WDC&S # 720.
He’s the best, bar none!