Don't you "flutter-by" your local comic book shop without picking up a copy of UNCLE SCROOGE # 27 (Legacy Numbering # 431) from IDW!
...And a very special thank you to "Darlene Decibel, Screaming Cheerleader", from the Mickey Mouse epic "Night of the Living Text" in WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 733, for assisting with the introduction of this post! Darlene has been a particularly good sport - and quite a trooper - as her own turn to scream... er, shine, in "Night of the Living Text", has not yet received a post at this Blog, despite being one of my favorite Mickey stories of all time! Yes, really!
We'll get around to it, Darlene... I promise! But now, back to UNCLE SCROOGE # 27!
|Gosh all whilikers, there's a lot of EMPTY OCEAN SPACE in that "SPLASH PANEL"! I guess that's WHY they call it a "SPLASH"!|
In it, you'll find Part One (of Two) of "The Bodacious Butterfly Trail" (Ah, now you get all that "flutter-by" intro jazz?), a 1962 Italian odyssey - with the emphasis on "odd" - written and drawn by the great Romano Scarpa, with translation and dialogue by the also great Thad Komorowski -- whose last name, while having more letters than my own, still managed to fit into the cover's credits banner... while mine failed to do so for the last few issues to which I contributed!
I gotta get assigned to books with fewer original creators, or one's without long, hyphenated names!
Seriously now, we start off with a good Scarpa gag, and a bodacious Bertram reference from Thad...
...while learning that, each Mardi Gras, the citizens of Duckburg play bodacious jokes on one another. I only bring this up because it MUST become important later in the plot. At least I'm taking some really bodacious BETS on this... So, who's in on the action?
Then, there's bodacious Brigitta MacBridge...
|"Would-Be Wooer"... Nice one, Thad! ...Or David! (See comments!)|
...Who's got a new bodacious business.
Meanwhile, we have Donald and his nephews, who are on the titular "Bodacious Butterfly Trail"!
But WHY are they bodaciously doing it?
WHO are they bodaciously doing it for?
WHAT in the bodacious name of Mother Nature is this?
|Don't step on my lines, Kid!|
|Love the expression on the butterfly!|
And WHAT is in the bodacious, cliff-hanger-ing treasure chest the boys just found... in their inimitably bodacious manner?
...SORRY, but No Spoilers - bodacious, or otherwise - from me!
Honestly, there's a LOT of disparate (and bodacious) elements scattered throughout this story, as Romano Scarpa was wont to do - especially during this period. I'm hoping he will tie them together in Part Two. Indeed, was this even originally a two-parter, or was it segmented by our bodacious publisher IDW?
Our friend "Huwey", who's always good for some bodacious comments, notes in the previous post's Comment Section that this was the FIRST Italian Disney comic story to be published in Germany.
Finally, we can always count on Thad for a bodacious animation reference! This time for POPEYE, discussed within THIS POST!
"Stealin' Ain't Honest, This Duck is th' Don-est, sez Popeye the Sailor Man! Toot-Toot!"
|That last joke might be "...All he can stands!"|
And, hey... Anyone thinking about UNCLE SCROOGE # 7's "Mummy Fearest" about now?
This bit looks (and sounds) familiar! Doesn't it? Gracious, that's bodacious!
I guess if Romano Scarpa can't bodaciously borrow from himself, who can?
We close with a bodacious three-page Egmont Magica De Spell story...
...in which she receives a GENIE, complete with lamp, three wishes, and the whole bodacious deal... by MAIL ORDER?
I've checked Amazon.com for something similar, with no luck. Perhaps she's using Tigris and Euphrates.com?
By now, we've seen SO MANY bodacious "Genie takes things literal" stories and gags, that I'm probably not spoiling anything!
This can only end badly, though "bigly bodacious", for poor Magica! ...But, Scrooge (and we readers) will have ourselves a bodacious ball!
Then, let's all meet back here in the Comments Section and see who can come up with the most bodacious comments, this side of Snuffy Smith!