You don't need a "pushy reporter" to tell you that today's the day for DONALD DUCK # 2 (Legacy Numbering # 369) from IDW!
...But, if one pesters you, be sure not to spill your test tubes of purple-staining chemicals on your copy. Because in it, you'll find “Shellfish Motives: Part Two of Two”, continued from last month's issue, by Romano Scarpa and dialogued by Jonathan Gray! ...And you'd just hate yourself if you damaged such a great comic!
No spoilers on our exciting conclusion, but I will note one oddity...
The signature of Walt Disney, as it appeared on the various comic STRIPS, appears throughout part two of “Shellfish Motives”! SEVEN TIMES, in fact!
I haven't the slightest idea as to why this exists, nor why the signature is placed in the specific panels that it is.
Might there have been more that were removed? If not, why would it appear only ONCE over the 25 pages of "Part One" - and SEVEN TIMES over the 25 pages of "Part Two"?
Perhaps it was meant to mark the endings of "mini-chapters", within this lengthy story? But the uneven distribution of the occurrences would seem to disprove that theory. Anyone know?
Oh, and I promised no spoilers, but I must say that Donald ends with an unexpected victory at the end of this tale that tickled me no end! See it for yourself!
There's also have an innocuous one-page Donald and Fethry gag, translated and scripted by our own Archival Editor David Gerstein, which I have a feeling I'd seen done before in the old Dell or Gold Key days - though I'll never recall where.
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That was a Cheerios Premium Giveaway comic from 1947, so I doubt many of you have seen this! I haven't, and am thrilled to find it here!
Note Taliaferro's depiction of Donald's Neighbor Jones, whom Carl Barks introduced in 1943, but had fallen into disuse by 1947, and would not be revived again by Barks until 1963.
The characterization of Jones is clearly that of Barks, even if the look is not!
In any case, David Gerstein has certainly earned his "Archival Editor Jr. Woodchuck Merit Badge" for unearthing this one!
As always, once you’ve read the issue, please come back and join the discussion in our Comments Section!
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