...I promise at some point I'll actually start on my idea of covering lesser known artists/writers and stories >_>; But I wanted to share this one for a few different reasons, least of which it being my favorite of the L&T set. However, since I don't really plan on covering others, at least not immediately, I'll catch us up first.
After being inspired as a young lad of ten to seek his fortune in America, Scrooge saved up for three years before he was finally able to leave. He landed in Mississippi first, where he worked for his Uncle Angus "Pothole" McDuck on a steamboat. After an encounter with the Beagle Boys, first of hundreds, Scrooge left his uncle's employ to
seek his own fortune elsewhere, which led him into the expanding West on a train. He encounters Jesse James (yes, that Jesse James) and despite thwarting him, falls off the train in the middle of the plains and eventually finds himself in the company of Murdo Mackenzie, who also existed ), and
became a cowboy on his payroll. This is where we catch up to Scrooge, all of sixteen (keep that in the back of your mind while I go over this story), who as part of his job is shipping two Texas Longhorn bulls to Java. On the Cutty Sark. Which also existed.
So, the narrative opens with the nephews exploring Scrooge's trunk of memories, where they come across a Javan newspaper clipping that reads "Scottish Cowboy Pilots Grounded Steamboat Into Port". Dying to hear that story, especially as the section of the album it's in has no photos, they beg Scrooge to relate it and we launch into flashback territory.
Scrooge is, of course, putting his best side forward while acting as a deck hand. I'm sorry, I know this page makes the same joke, but I had to. We also get it established that Scrooge's horse Hortense (named for having the same foul temper as his sister) is there, as well as the bulls he's shipping.
Scrooge picks up the sound of thunder which is what's making the bulls nervous. But there's no storms for miles, so the thunder is coming from underwater, which is puzzling. Especially as breakers keep appearing despite being mid-ocean. Strange. There's absolutely no way these random events will come back to bite anyone on the ass, however. >.>
The bulls are going to be sold to the sultan of Djokja, and while another sultan is brought up, as well as some annual event called the Kerapan Sapi, but questions are left unanswered while they deal with the weird "thunder" and breakers.
Scrooge wakes up some time later in the middle of the Javanese jungle, which he makes his way through until coming across a mountain slope, intending to use it to scope out the land. On top of this slope, which is smoking slightly, he comes across Ratchet Gearloose, Gyro's grandfather and a business partner of Scrooge's when he
So the, ahem, C.A.R. is now careening toward the city, stampeding hundreds of jungle animals in front of it in fright. Which is a page I had to include, if only for the "Doesn't it have BRAKES?" ".......Brakes?" exchange.
So the C.A.R., Scrooge, Ratchet, and all the animals go cascading over the deck and onto the other side. Once rescued, Scrooge asks the captain if he's seen the bulls and he reports they're on the steamboat belonging to the rival sultan. With a little fast talking, Scrooge
convinces the captain to chase him down in the Cutty Sark, which should be faster, plus it'd be a hell of a thing to get on the (still MIA) camera. The Cutty Sark sails off with Scrooge at the wheel, where the captain passes on his tophat for the duration of the race. Which of course doubles as a neat call forward.
The sultan and his aide are discussing the theft, when they hear sudden cracks in the air and think the clipper's firing on them. Meanwhile on the deck of the Cutty, they assume the steamboat's firing THEIR way, even though both ships are too far apart for guns to be any use. Mid-sea breakers are back and pound the hull, and the
wind is dying, leaving the Cutty Sark stranded in the water and the steamboat roaring ahead. Except.... there's a strange glow off to one side, different from the sun, and growing ever brighter and blinding. Everyone looks-
The sails are unfurled in the resulting winds after the thermal wave passes, but then an ENORMOUS wave looms. The Cutty Sark is lifted up onto its peak (with sails cut away now) and ridden across the ocean, where it's thrown over the sultan's steamship even as it tried to hide at a small walled island. The clipper lands but without
sails it's dead in the water, and the steamboat takes off again. But the sky's darkening now, with what at first were thought to be seagulls dotting the sky but as they fell, revealed to be hundreds upon hundreds of volcanic rocks, pelting the deck and the ocean. Scrooge gets an idea to catch up to the steamboat thanks to
As the steamboat is snapped in half, the sultan, aide, and crew all elect to abandon ship AND the bulls, but Scrooge as seen there is reluctant to leave. So he takes command of the remains of the boat, hoping that that giant boulder as enough gas in it to rise it back up, as he pilots the ship, limping, over its shadow in the ocean.
The captain finds (and loses) his camera, Scrooge is able to drive the boat (after a little modification from Ratchet) back to port where the sultan rewards him and buys the bulls, and all's well that ended well....?
So, that's Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark. It's not the strongest of chapters in the Life and Times saga, but it's definitely my favorite. His cowboy days is the part I liked best (and in fact I might cover another later, where he briefly returned to that period, in The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff). It's got so many good gags and expressions, and
Future potential plans other than those three shorts include Rosa's Quest for Kalevala because how can I resist Scrooge being possessed by a Finnish god), Barks' Seven Cities of Cibola for some certain specific cultural importance, and
oh yes, Magica is one of my fav disney ducks. used to rp as her many years ago. (she once tried to work for a final fantasy baddie, and nearly had her heart literally stolen by evil!mytho from princess tutu)