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Uncle Scrooge #342 (Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Juni 2005

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Gemstone's Uncle Scrooge 342 is an excellent addition for fans of Don Rosa's Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The main tale, "The Old Castle's Other Secret, or A Letter from Home," is a modern-day follow-up to Rosa's life history of Scrooge, in which he, Donald, and Huey, Louie, and Dewey return to the old homestead, Castle McDuck, in search of the treasure of the Knights of the Templar. Filler stories include Byron Erickson and Wanda Gattino's "The Customer Is Always Wrong" (featuring Gyro Gearloose), Lars Jensen & Jack Sutter and Maria Jose Sanchez Nunez's "The Door Trap" (the Beagle Boys), and "Raven Mad," a Carl Barks classic featuring another attempt by Magica De Spell to capture Scrooge's no. 1 dime. --David Horiuchi


Adventures and short stories starring Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and other standard Disney characters.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Letter From Home by Don Rosa 8. August 2005
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I was asked once, about the bitter fight between Scrooge and his sisters, (see The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa, chapter 11) that sent them away and out of Scrooge's life forever...what happened to the sisters?

What happened to Donald's mother is a mystery at this point, we know from the old stories that Donald was raised not by his mother Hortense (Scrooge's sister), but instead by Grandma Duck aka Elvira Coot--there is no mention of her ever past the fight between her and her brother in L&T's. However, we do know that Scrooge's other sister, married Prof. Ludwig Von Drake and than moved back to Scotland to live at the family castle, Von Drake however is rarly seen as his profession keeps him ever on tour around the world, and so with this knowledge in mind, move on to...

"The Old Castle's Other Secret...or A Letter From Home", by Don Rosa

Gemstone Uncle Scrooge #342 June 2005

This is the last or at least the current last chapter of the "Tralla-La" saga. This segment takes us back to Dismal Downs, in Scotland and a dark, somber story, that spends much of it's time in the McDuck clan cemetary, and the dungeons of Castle McDuck.

This story assumes that you have read Barks' story "The Old Castle's Secret", and has many refferances to it.

The usual gag-lines that Don Rosa is noted for, are scattered through-out this story, but it's not the gags and puns that drives this story onward----it's the sheer heart-break that Scrooge now lives in, thinking back of an earlier time when he and his sisters were a loving family, contrasted to the bitter fueding and sharp remarks that are scattered throughout as Scrooge and his sister Matilda are reunited after 25 years of not speaking to each other...we see referances to the dark day in Africa, when Scrooge burned Foola Zoola's village (L&T's chapter 11)....true to Zoola's words, it's not Bombie the Zombie that haughts Scrooge, it's his own guilt and the shame that he brought down on his family, the knowledge that he could never face his sisters after what he'd done....

Along with this there is another reason for being back in Scotland---the Templar Knight guarding the crown lost in Hati, (The Crown of the Crusader Kings, by Don Rosa) had been a McDuck, and he had been the guardian of a far greater treasure----the Holy Grail and the vast treasure vault of the Templar Knights, and hidden in the tombstones of the McDuck cemetary, are encrypted clues to the whereabouts of that vast treasure...a treasure that to Scrooge's utter horror, had been guarded by his own father, and had been know of by the entire family---but they had sworn to never tell Scrooge about it, for fear that his greed for gold, would end the family's honor entirly.

This knowledge, bears down harder than anything else that's ever happened to Scrooge, for the lesson he had only half learned in Xanadu (Return to Xanadu, by Don Rosa) finally sinks in once and for all and it is to his own horror that his greed for gold has utterly destroied whatever faith his family had in him. Only Donald and the 3 little nephews are still able to see past the greedy miser, to see the old man that seeks nothing more than the love of his family.

And yet, unknown to Scrooge and his family, is that while they are all professing they hate each other...the same spy and theif that had followed them to Hati, has stolen the crown, gone to France and stolen the Philosopher's Stone, has followed them to Scotland, and is now hiding under the window listen to their every word...and their words end in one last fit of hatred beteween Scrooge and Matilda, resulting in Scrooge storming off for the dungeons while Matila runs outside saying she's not returning to the castle until Scrooge has left Scotland, and she runs right into the waiting hand of the gun-toting spy...

No spoilers in this review, sorry. This is one of those ultra long 30 page Don Rosa stories, and what I've told you here only takes you about 15 pages in...

I'm going to say, here and now that this by-far out ranks the "Life & Times" story.... I'm not going to tell you how this "Tralla-La saga" ends...and when I get done writing this post, I'm gonna go cry my eyes out, because I do know how this story ends, and I've yet to get through reading it without a box of hankies...


If you want to read the entire "saga" of the story of Tralla-La, there are 5 stories that it consists of...

First of course is "Tralla-La", by Carl Barks (1955)

Next you will need to read "The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan", by Carl Barks (1956)

After this Don Rosa picks up the story with "Return to Xanadu". (1991)

Followed by "The Crown of the Crusader Kings", by Don Rosa (2005)

And currently the story has lead us to this issue here "The Old Castle's Other Secret: or A Letter From Home", by Don Rosa (2005)

We only see the ducks visiting Tralla-La twice----in Carl Barks' "Tralla-La and again in Don Rosa's "Return To Xanadu"....however, the story itself goes beyong the 2 trips to Tralla-La.

Also it's helpful if you read these 2 before starting the Tralla-La series, because the last 2 chapters do a lot of referance back to these 2 stories...

"The Old Castle's Secret" by Carl Barks 1948 (look at that date! Scrooge don't look like the Scrooge we all know in this one; this is Scrooge's second story)

"The Fablulous Philosopher's Stone", by Carl Barks


Now I think I'm gonna go read A Letter From Home again. It's quickly becoming my favorite story. I love this story. It is by far the greatest story Don Rosa has ever written. I need to get another copy, I'm gonna wear this one out.

"A Letter From Home" goes way past 5 stars, and I don't think 10 stars are enough either....this one should get a full 100!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Don Rosa and Carl Barks stuff 31. Mai 2006
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In this comic book, you can read the second part of Don Rosa's two-part story about the Knight Templars and the Crusader Kings. You will also find a Carl Barks story featuring a raven exclaiming the notorious word "Nevermore", plus a couple of other short stories.

The front cover is a masterpiece by Don Rosa, coloured by Susan Daigle-Leach.


Uncle Scrooge, "The Old Castle's Other Secret" or "A Letter From Home"

Story & art: Don Rosa
Colour: Egmont & Susan Daigle-Leach
Lettering: Todd Klein

First I should point out that to enjoy this story to the full, you should read Don Rosa's "The Crown of the Crusader Kings", published in Uncle Scrooge No. 339. Furthermore, to get the full enjoyment of that story, you <u>shouldn't</u> read this one first, because it contains some spoilers introductorily.

The second part of Don Rosa's diptych about the Crusader Kings and Scrooges search for their Templar treasures stretches over massive 36 pages, counting prologue and sum ups. Since the story is so long, it's devided into three parts, interrupted by other, shorter stories.

Scrooge, Donald and the nephews continues pursueing the footmarks of the Knight Templars. This time they're after the trasury of the Knight Templars, so they return to the old McDuck Castle in Scotland trying to find clues. Castle McDuck is taken care of by Scrooge's sister, Matilda, and she reveals that everybody in the McDuck clan always knew about the Crusader secrets - everybody except Scrooge himself. Even though there seems to be some hidden conflicts from the past between Scrooge and his sister, Matilda still guides them towards clues that could lead to the Templar treasury. But following Scrooge and his crew is the director of the international money council, Monsieur Molay and his partner Maurice Mattressface, and they try their best to snatch the treasure right in front of Scrooge's nose.

Although Don Rosa seems to have some minor issues drawing proper-sized beaks and tails, I still love his magnificant drawing style. I enjoy every little detail he manages to put into a panel (which is not a few!), and his humorous gags often make me giggle. A good example is when Donald falls down something he believes is a fiendish pitfall booby-trap made by the diabolical Templars, though it's actually something quite different. This story will keep you entertained during the entire comic book for sure, before it wraps the story up with a rather touching ending in part three.


Beagle Boys, "The Door Trap"

Story: Lars Jensen & Jack Sutter
Art: Maria Jose Sanchez N''ez
Dialogue: David Gerstein
Colour: Egmont & Marie Javins
Lettering: Susie Lee

The Beagle Boys are anxious to get rid of Scrooge McDuck once and for all. The police find their secret hideout after their latest robbery, and half of the Beagle Boys (there seems to be six of them in this story) are arrested while Scrooge grinningly observes the imprisonment. The remaining three Beagle Boys concludes that they must get rid of Scrooge in some way, so they visit a fellow con, Memphis Marv. Marv sells them a door, and when somebody walks through that door, they'll be magically transported to the Gobi Desert. Now the remaining challenge is to get old McDuck to walk through that door...

This is a rather short story, only 7 pages long. The drawings and colouring are decent, and the story is ok reading material (though I didn't quite buy the fact that Scrooge gives up a fight over a quarter).


Gyro Gearloose, "The Customer Is Always Wrong"

Story: Byron Erickson
Art: Wanda Gattino
Colour: Egmont & Scott Rockwell
Lettering: Jon Babcock

Gyro Gearloose gets a little desperate since his workshop is filled with unconventional and wonderful inventions, but nobody is interested in trying them. They story starts out with Donald testing a leaf vacuumer, but since Donald never listens to Gyro's orders not to do a certain thing, Gyro gets mad at him. But when he realises none but Donald is willing to try out some of his untraditional inventions, he decides to give Donald a second chance.

8 pages long, this story is also adequate filling material to give the buyer more than "just" a rather long Don Rosa adventure. Gattino does a good job making Little Helper display human feelings.


Uncle Scrooge, "Raven Mad"

Story & art: Carl Barks
(WDC 265, Oct 1962)
Colour: Susan Daigle-Leach

I first read this story in a Norwegian Donald Duck magazine, and liked it instantly. When I found it available in the English untranslated version, I didn't hesitate to buy it so I could re-read those 10 pages of joy with the original jargon.

Donald's nephews have found a raven which can talk (it says "nevermore!"), and they've named it Randolph. In the park nearby there's a big bazaar, and Scrooge McDuck is exhibiting his number one dime, and he's asked Donald and his nephews to help him guard his rare coin. There's one person in particular the coin needs to be guarded from, and that's Magica de Spell. After a failed attempt to steal the number one dime, Magica hypnotizes the nephews' raven and orders it to snatch it for her.


All in all, this is a great buy if you're a Don Rosa and/or Carl Barks fan. The Don Rosa story is exciting and thrilling, and the final story by Barks is, as usual when it comes to Barks' tellings, great reading.
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