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The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Part 0 -The Making of

A modern gimmick in American superhero comic books is the marketing of issues numbered "0" simply to create alleged "collector's items." The story is this issue (US 297), "Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies," is the first "#0" of comics that truly is a #0.
When this story was written, I had no idea I would follow it up with an entire series of events from Scrooge's early years. This story is the first use I made of Scrooge's father and two sisters (pulled, as you know, from Barks' notes on his ducks). This was the first time I drew the scene of young Scrooge earning that famous dime one day in 1877 Glasgow.
It was while I was writing and drawing this tale that I was asked to next launch a 12-part series of the entire life story of Uncle Scrooge. "Of D, D&D" was done five years ago for Egmont in Copenhagen, but since the next story I did (the first episode of the "Life of Scrooge" series) dealt with the very same events of that fateful day in the 19th century Scotland, the editors shelved "Of D, D&D" for release in Europe in 1995. And no you see it in these American pages.
So please don't think I've suddenly become infatuated with Magica DeSpel, since I seem to be also using her in "The Treasure of King Croesus" running currently in Walt Disney's Comics & Stories. This same notion applies to the folks who thought I was going overboard on Scrooge-in-the-Yukon tales with "The King of the Klondike" and "Hearts of the Yukon" appearing just a few month apart last year. The stories in both these pairs of tales were done over three years apart, and 3 to 5 years ago. In fact, I'm ready to do new Magica and Yukon stories right now!
"Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies" seeks to explain more of that-which-does-not-need-explaining (as did the entire "Life of Scrooge" series). In this particular case, why is Scrooge's first dime an American coin if he earned it in Scotland? As I wrote in my text piece in Uncle Scrooge 285, I accepted the idea that Scrooge earned the coin as a shoeshine boy even though that was first seen in a non-Barks story drawn by the recently deceased Tony Strobl. It seemed a natural idea for an occupation for a poor Glasgow la, so I let that non-Barksian fact guide me in that single case.
I hadn't looked at or read "Of D, D&D" myself for five years until now when asked to write this text piece. Yes, it was used across Europa last June, but I barely glanced at those issues since I'm too frustrated by my inability to read anything but English. (If I could read some foreign language, what a joy it would be to read all the great comics published in France or Italy or Germany or evrywhere else but America! Sigh.) So I actually made myself chuckle in a few spots since I had completely forgotten many details of my own story after half a decade. Some little items I noticed:
That's Donald's mother (the nephews' grandma) in that portrait on the wall in the first panel. And did you spot the Barksian goldfish bowl stand?
I knew it at the time, yet didn't have reason to make use of it until chapter IV of the subsequent series... but that rich American is Howard Rockerduck. He was so distressed by his lack of succes with his continental women that he must have gone back to America, got married and settled down to raise (or do a sorry job of raising) his son, John Rockerduck. Hm? Never heard of John? Barks created him and used him one time in WDC&S 255, but the Italian Disney comics-creators picked up on him and made Rockerduck one of the major Scrooge rivals in Europe. (I had this explanation the other way around in my text piece in US 288, but Disney comics expert supreme Alberto Becattini straightened me out)

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