Gonna try a thing, talking about one of the comic stories. I might do this more? Not sure, but I definitely wanted to share this one since it involves a side of Scrooge that isn't really shown as much.
I'm not going to link all the pages because I'm gonna follow a format kinda like scans_daily, of showing some images and explaining between the others? It saves on clicking anyway But I am gonna link its online spot so you can read it on your own time if you'd like.
So! With that being said. The issue is Uncle Scrooge 241 and I'll be going over the lead story, "The McDuck Foundation," written and drawn by Romano Scarpa and first appearing in Italy in 1958 (with this American publishing appearing in 1989).
First thing off, we're treated to a strange scene that winds up being one of Scrooge's dreams. Not that we needed to be told, whether it's because of the old Roman attire or just of Scrooge himself as being portrayed as generous.
With corny names typical of the duck comics, of course. We get a conversation over it here with Donald and Scrooge, which it seems was influenced by some reading he'd been doing about philanthropists. To which he, as could be expected, goes "BAH, HUMBUG"-attitude all over it.
Scrooge scatters all those pieces he's cutting out the window (THAT'S LITTERING, SCROOGE) and Donald points out he missed a page, which happens to detail a modern philanthropist, Cyrus Squandergilt, who also happens to be walking past on the sidewalk, with everybody around talking about how much of a saint he is because
he funds various art and science organizations. Squandergilt is shown to be a kind gentleman heavy on the handouts, and Scrooge by contrast is shown pitching an absolute FIT over this. "That old coot makes me mad! He's actually ENJOYING the attention! Well, one of these days he'll go broke! Then we'll see who laughs last!"
Intending to try and change his uncle's mind about Squandergilt, Donald takes him to the hub of Cyrus's foundations and charities, a high rise a few dozen stories tall (and which Scrooge calls "small"). Donald asks why he's so vicious about charities, and he calls most of
them "pure horsefeathers" and points out that anyone can do "charitable work" and make it look good without actually DOING any good. He doesn't fund those, but if he ever saw a worthy cause he'd back it as generously as any man.
But oh, what's this? Scrooge has a secret shadowy meeting with somebody that night. And Donald's got a report on something Squandergilt is doing, which turns out to be building some new labs. Donald's attempt was to see if Scrooge was going to back Cyrus, but instead he
Squandergilt wanders by though, and doesn't take this prospect too well. They start fighting as only two old-fashioned moneybags can, with their wallets. The bragging spar apparently goes on for a couple weeks, until The McDuck Foundation is completed.
There's a press conference and after Scrooge is amusingly booed by the crowd and reporters for outright pointing out he's hiring his family to work there (which leads to an amusing exchange between Scrooge and the congressman at the event with him: "But I thought all public organizations were run by nepotism!" "Maybe, but
Once they're done and Cyrus is gone, Scrooge ushers his crowd inside to show them what they'll all be working on. Some....... interesting choices, as well as another meeting with his mysterious partner.
And alright, this is where I've skipped several pages, but it's mostly Hijinks Ensue. Nothing the nephews are working on is going right, Gyro is busy putting the "fool" in "foolproof lock" and Donald, working on his own Donald logic, decides to clean cobwebs, then investigate cobwebs, which then leads him to collecting All The Spiders.
The Beagles manage to break that lock too, and that night we're shown another meeting between Scrooge and the mystery man yes I know, but bear with me here, who wonders if Scrooge can handle what he's doing since it's basically like running two foundations at once. Scrooge reassures him that he can handle it because they've
got to keep the farce going for a couple more weeks, and that he gave his word. So come the next day: Donald's spiders are EVERYWHERE (much to the horror of the cleaning lady), and Gyro's invented a lock that finally it looks like the Beagles can't break.
It's all, naturally, a front and the Beagles are using their inside information to break into Scrooge's foundation. They're scared away by an absolute carpet of little black ink specks (the spiders, natch) and get picked up by the police.
So we get a twist ending that... wasn't really a twist per se, but that I still thought came out alright. Considering there's a good number of Scarpa stories out there that are.... strange...... This was a nice one that stayed home in Duckburg and dealt with a bit of Scrooge that I don't know many actually associate with him.
This sort of attitude is one of the major things I keep in mind for my interpretation of Scrooge honestly, which pops up every now and again but particularly in Demons. Helping someone out behind the scenes, but keeping his facade up for everybody else. He's just, he's got so many layers and I love it >>;;
Yeah, same~ I love the action-y stories and adventures as much as the next person, but I love the ones that explore his character even more X3 (Even accounting for the alterations it makes depending on the writer XD )