It's been a good while, so time for another comics plurk! Covering another Rosa short, which I just did I know, but hopefully this'll be seen as worth it. Mostly because this is the "loser" to the voting plurk I did before, so it's been lined up anyway.
This was first published in Denmark in 2002, published in America in Uncle Scrooge 328 in 2004, written and drawn by Don Rosa. And I'm actually going to make an effort, this time, to not put in every single page. .....Which will be hard because they're all classic. BUT STILL. Fans of Magica De Spell shenanigans, sit tight.
SO. As Magica prepares to storm the office, Scrooge and Donald get behind a defensive wall built for just an occasion, which has Scrooge's cannon- you know, this thing: Is the only breach in the wall via its mouth. Magica comes in, claims it isn't even loaded, Scrooge immediately blames Donald. Who then
While Scrooge and Donald recover from the whollop they were just given, Magica mosies over the defensive wall and grabs the Dime. The boys claim the magic didn't work (because hey! the room's still right-side up, it's fine) but Magica, climbing back over the wall, gloats in return.
The door seems to have no slipped past their recollection of entirely what it is in the first place. The poor, poor secretary hears their calls for help from the other side and opens the door, letting them out to go chase after Magica. But in their wake she calls "Yes Mr. McDuck! She's probably still on the stairs!"
Nothing daunted nothing gained back, however! Even if glass is also forgotten, or the WTF IS A DOOR makes its return. Donald forgets what a steering wheel is, or brakes, and just THANK GOD IT'S THE NEPHEWS. SANITY.
The boys pull their uncles out, but unfortunately do some additional damage with forgetfulness. They also FINALLY figure out that the spell was some sort of selective amnesia, though not quite yet how it's activated. After giving poor Huey a brief crisis, they set off in hot pursuit.
Headed to the airport to catch Magica, with some physical and mental slapstick on the way (as well as the page with the Best Panel of Anything Ever), Scrooge forgets who Magica even is and Donald forgets how to talk.
Scrooge finally manages to confront Whatzername but is unsuccessful, and she makes off with the Dime as the ducks limp home, FINALLY discovering the rest of the spell's effects, as well as the fact it's starting to wear off. Not quite so lucky for Whatzer- er, Magica however.
And Donald, alas poor Donald, always a bit slow on that upswing. (re: "double shift" thought) Which actually kinda works for the ending too. Donald's always that one who never quite stops to go "should I say this or not"
And yes, I LOVE THIS ENDING. Even without remembering, Scrooge still knows something happened and can take advantage of the situation all the same. To send Donald down the same set of fantastic sound effects.