Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IDW’s UNCLE SCROOGE # 3 (# 407)

(W) Romano Scarpa, Joe Torcivia (A) Romano Scarpa, Tony Strobl (CA) Marco Rota

"The Duckburg 100": How fast can Donald and the Beagle Boys turn a hundred dollars into a million? And why is Scrooge desperate to stop them?

Item Code: APR150431
In Shops: 6/10/2015
SRP: $3.99 


Had to put up this great cover by Marco Rota! 

Thanks to Friend of This Blog Dan Cunningham for bringing this to my attention!  


Elaine said...

Ooh! I hope that's the regular cover, and not the special subscription cover, since I intend to buy my comics at my friendly neighborhood comic store. And look! There's your name on it! It's gonna be a great solstice....

Joe Torcivia said...

That IS the regular cover, Elaine! Don’t know what the alternate is, but I KNOW I like this one!

And that’s my first “cover credit”! …Yes, I’m thrilled!

Also, for what it’s worth, I absolutely love what I did with this Scarpa story! I hope all of it remains intact!

Dan said...

Joe & Elaine:

A great cover by one of my favorite duck artists, complemented only by Mr. Torcivia's name in a deserving slot between two comics legends! Well deserved!

I believe the credit box will reflect the names on all three of the covers, I know it will be on the Disneyland 60th Anniversary subscription variant cover by Derek Charm: Uncle Scrooge #3 Variant Cover

Seeing some great buzz online for the IDW books, and especially looking forward to this issue in particular... congratulations, Joe!

– Dan

Joe Torcivia said...

Thank you, Dan! …And, thanks for bring this to my attention in the first place.

I remain partial to the Rota cover because it is really representative of what’s inside! I have always liked split-image covers, and this one does it in triplicate!

This is a story in which Romano Scarpa goes in a few different directions and nicely brings it all together in the end – and, with its multiple images, the cover really does the interior story justice!

I’m very glad to hear that IDW is getting good buzz! It would seem that the almost-four-year absence of these comics will work to IDW’s advantage. …I know *I* can’t wait for the return, and I’ve already seen some of the stuff!

Adel Khan said...

As of today it will be approximately one month until, the debut of IDW's first issue of "Uncle Scrooge". There are so many Disney stories that I have longed to see printed here.

On Wednesday morning when I was viewing the solicits for June, I was THRILLED seeing your name amongst luminaries as Strobl and Scarpa! I like the layout of Rota's cover. The colouring brings out the best to his artwork.

I am curious when subscription for the issues will be made available. If the subscription cost will be expensive in contrast to picking up them up in stores.

Joe Torcivia said...

Thank you, Adel!

It’s a thrill for me too! Just as it is to know that I’m a part of the same continuum begun by Carl Barks and Floyd Gottfredson! And nothing drives that home more than seeing my own name placed between those of such important names in Disney comic book history as Romano Scarpa and Tony Strobl. If that sounds corny, know that it is not!

One thing I wish to make perfectly clear is that, while I may “go on and on” about the comics published by IDW – and, particularly, those I had a hand in producing – I do not speak for IDW, or anyone in its employ. Thus, I know nothing about how, of even if, subscriptions will be offered.

I intend to get mine via the comic shop of my choice – and (coincidently, just today) pre-ordered a few additional copies of UNCLE SCROOGE # 3 to go along with the copy already on my regular reserve-list, precisely because of the cover.

It also doesn’t hurt to indicate to a comics retailer that you intend to regularly support these titles. When I did so today, another customer heard me and jumped on board as well. So, to whatever degree we can, we can all drum up our share of buzz for this line of comics online, in-store, or wherever. I’ll certainly do that here, in posts like this.

Pete Fernbaugh said...

Dude! You've already said this, but your name is sandwiched between Scarpa's and Strobl's!

Seriously, how thrilled were you when you saw that?

Scarpa never ceases to be of interest to me. His approach to writing the characters is simply unique, and I would venture to say that he experiments with storytelling techniques more than Barks and Rosa ever did. Van Horn could be pretty experimental, but Scarpa still stands out as a writer from whom you can never be sure what you're going to get.

Congratulations on your first cover credit!

Joe Torcivia said...


On my personal scale, being on a cover between Scarpa and Strobl, is one of those “Forever Thrills”!

All those years ago, when I met Strobl at his home, and when I nudged Gladstone Series One into bringing Scarpa to these shores, I could never have envisioned being united with them in such a way. It’s simultaneously exciting and humbling.

Scarpa really does go “out there” in his stories, and it’s often a challenge to work with his original material because he will throw you an unexpected curve that will drive me to greater inventive lengths, when creating an American English script, to make it work for our culture and accepted continuities.

It’s a FUN challenge, really… and has required me to stretch those creative muscles further than is necessary for the more standard Danish and Dutch stories.

There was lots of this on display in Scarpa’s “Treasure of Marco Topo” (MICKEY MOUSE # 309 and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 720) – and there WILL be more of it coming in “Duckburg 100” in IDW’s UNCLE SCROOGE # 3 (#407).