June 21, 2013

Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is a collection of stories created by the legendary cartoonist Don Rosa for the Disney Company. 

The stories here trace the path of Scrooge McDuck from a poor Scottish lad to a fabulously wealthy and established capitalist.  The stories are rooted in different parts of history and the illustrations are evocative of the times.  Scrooge starts off in Scotland and ends up a millionaire after undertaking adventures.

TThe landscapes and settings are remarkably detailed for a comic of its time.  The anthropomorphic 'toons have very expressive faces and body language which adds to the comedy of watching Scrooge overreact.  Much of the comedy is physical comedy which Don Rosa captures brilliantly.

Think of this as similar to Tin Tin but with more of a carnivalesque and exaggerated feel.  Recommended to fans of Tin Tin, adventure comics and those interested in canonical comics.