Mickey and Donald Christmas #4
Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jan Kruse, Jonathan H. Gray (w) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Bas Heymans, Gil Turner (a) • Ulrich Schroeder and Daan Jippes (c)
In “The Coat of Many Dollars,” Mickey finds an enchanted frock that magically mints money—and Peg-Leg Pete wants his dirty rotten share! Then, in “Claus in the Contract,” Donald’s out to make Scrooge give to charity or die trying… Jump in for a tinsel-trimmed collection of new and vintage greats!
FC • 64 pages • $6.99
Uncle Scrooge #36
Carl Barks, Carl Fallberg, Thad Komorowski (w) • Marco Rota, Daan Jippes (a) • Jonathan H. Gray (c)
Is Scrooge McDuck always sharper than the sharpies? In “Treasure Above the Clouds,” he’s battling with playboy plutocrat John D. Rockerduck for ownership of an awesome Incan treasure—but in “Peril of the Black Forest,” Scrooge fights his own nephews for possession of Duckburg’s woodlands!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge: The Tourist at the End of the Universe
Giorgio Cavazzano, Marco Rota, Daan Jippes, Noel Van Horn, Jonathan H. Gray (w & a)
Unmistakable Uncle Scrooge action in this new collection! O.K. Quack may look like a normal Duckburgian to Scrooge McDuck—but he’s really a spaceman whose shrunken ship is lost in Scrooge’s Money Bin! Then in “Crisis at Sorcery Summit,” Magica De Spell sics her fellow magic-makers on Scrooge… and in “The Great Cackle Caper,” a golden egg has turned up at the McDuck Chicken Farm, and the Beagle Boys are ruling the roost! Collects issues #29–31 of IDW’s Uncle Scrooge comic series.
TPB • FC • $12.99 • 112 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-317-9
Uncle Scrooge #34
Vito Stabile, Joe Torcivia, Daan Jippes (w) • Alessandro Perina, Daan Jippes (a) • Marco Mazarello (c)
“The Wonderful Wishing Crown!” It’s an all-new, epic-length adventure for Scrooge McDuck’s big 70th anniversary! When a bewitched treasure strands Scrooge with fiendish pirates and a long-lost member of the Clan McDuck—who gets to walk the plank first?
FC • 40 pages • $3.99
Fantagraphics has announced the launch of a new series, Disney Masters, which highlights acclaimed artists from around the world working in the grand Walt Disney tradition. Many of these stories are new to American readers and appear here for the first time in English. New artwork, new adventures, and new laughs!
Featured creators will include:
Romano Scarpa, one of the most famous Italian creators of Disney comics, builds on the rich Disney tradition of comedy and drama.
Disney Masters Vol. 1 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Delta Dimension
$29.99 – Hardcover – 208 pages – Full Color – 7.5″ x 10.25″ – ISBN 978-1-68396-096-6
Release Date: 5/15/18
Luciano Bottaro, one of the most beloved Italian cartoonists, spins wild, thrilling, proto-psychedelic epics that surprise and delight.
Disney Masters Vol. 2 Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Uncle Scrooge’s Money Rocket
$29.99 – Hardcover – 192 pages – Full Color – 7.5″ x 10.25″ – ISBN 978-1-68396-109-3
Release Date: 6/5/18
Paul Murry, an American, carried Floyd Gottfredson’s swashbuckling, crime-fighting Mickey Mouse from comic strips into comic books, crafting stories of suspense, danger, and fun.
Disney Masters Vol. 3 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Case of the Vanishing Bandit
$29.99 – Hardcover – 184 pages – Full Color – 7.5″ x 10.25″ – ISBN 978-1-68396-113-0
Release Date: 7/15/18
Daan Jippes, who lives in the Netherlands, is famous worldwide for his adventures of Donald Duck drawn in the tradition of Carl Barks. Freddy Milton, from Denmark, is also famous in Europe, and is highly acclaimed for his Donald Duck stories.
Disney Masters Vol. 4 Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Great Survival Test
$29.99 – Hardcover – 192 pages – Full Color – 7.5″ x 10.25″ – ISBN 978-1-68396-111-6
Release Date: 8/15/18
Donald Duck: Nest of the Demonbirds
Story: Lars Jensen, David Gerstein, Francois Corteggiani, Dick Matena
Art: Flemming Andersen, Daan Jippes, Ulrich Schroeder, Dick Matena, Jack Bradbury
Color: Egmont, Digikore Studios
Letterer: Travis Seitler, Nicole Seitler, Rome Simeon
Translation: Thad Komorowski
A feature-length Donald Duck tale with the Tamers of Nonhuman Threats, Duckburg’s top-secret paranormalist patrol. A must-read for Disney and sci-fi fans!
Ducks in space! Donald Duck rejoins the Tamers of Nonhuman Threats—and ends up trapped on an alien planet, beak-to-beak with feathered freaks! This epic two-part adventure, collected from Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #739–740, showcases Disney Comics sci-fi masters Lars Jensen and Flemming Andersen at their interstellar best!
TPB • FC • $12.99 • 96 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-133-5
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #741
Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jonathan H. Gray, John Lustig (w) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Daan Jippes (a) • Walt Kelly (c)
“The Fire Eye of Atlantis,” Part 1 of 2! Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Eurasia Toft are back in action—hot on the trail of an uncharted world, but finding trouble with a strange wise-woman and the megalomaniacal Horde of the Violet Hare!
FC • 48 pages • $5.99
Uncle Scrooge #30 collects two international stories in one book, reprinting one story from 1981 and another from 2011. The book will likely pique interest in those who are jumping on the Duck Tales revival train—myself included—and if you’re just here for classic Duckburg humor then you’re in the right place.
It’s hard for me to recommend purchasing the book, however, as it’s arbitrarily reproduced stories from older books. I can’t help but compare my reading experience to Duck Tales, which may not be fair, but it’s not to be helped, either. The television reboot is original, clever, and seamlessly blends classic Donald Duck comics with the cult-hit 90s cartoon.
In comparison, Uncle Scrooge is the same joke dragged out ad nauseam, which makes the story predictable. Where the new show works hard to give each of the triplets their own personality, and Donald his own meta-twist where his speech is only understandable about 60% of the time, the older stories feel dismissible in comparison. Donald uses complete sentences, Scrooge has no accent, the boys are referred to as clones (with good reason), and Scrooge is so cheap he charges interest on bus fare.
Maybe I’m coming down hard on the book because I hold Duck Tales and Donald Duck so very dear. I don’t like to see them mistreated. But Uncle Scrooge does just that. If the book used the older comics as bookends, like the newer Archie books, I would be much more inclined to return to “Uncle Scrooge” in the future. As it stands now, I think I’ll pass.
Story: Carlo Chendi, Daan Jippes, Jonathan Gray Art: Daan Jippes, Giorgio Cavazzano
Cover Art: Giorgio Cavazzano
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #739
Lars Jensen, David Gerstein (w) • Flemming Andersen, Daan Jippes (a) • Massimo Fecchi (c)
“Nest of the Demonbirds!” By popular demand, Donald Duck is yanked back into the Tamers of Nonhuman Threats—just in time for a hideous (and slightly hilarious) battle with feathered, ferocious freaks of nature!
FC • 48 pages • $5.99
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #738
Las Jensen, Byron Erickson (w) • Paco Rodriguez, Cèsar Ferioli, Daan Jippes (a) • Andrea Freccero (c)
“One Lucky Break”: Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one but Donald Duck— so why is he suddenly even luckier than über-annoying Gladstone Gander? Then Mickey fights his own inner demons in “The Importance of Being Goofy!”
FC • 32 pages • $3.99