Another comics plurk~ It's a few days early to hit the 17th but I'm doing the Gold(ie) special now. Four stories, three featuring Goldie and one where she makes an appearance. Watch me question this decision every step, because these are all long ones
Before we get into it though, I'm going to do something a little different and link The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion, the book in which two of these stories make their sole US appearances. I haven't really done anything off ReadComic yet, so I thought I'd show where to get these if you might've
Okay NOW I'm here sorry. Now let's get started. We're diving in with the Carl Barks classic Back to the Klondike, first printed in Uncle Scrooge 2 (TWO) back in 1953, though these images are coming from 325.
The reason I'm pulling them from a later publication is not only because these images are clearer, but because it was censored when it was first printed, cut down from 32 pages to 27. The cut art was restored later, except for a half page which had to be completely recreated by Carl Barks.
After appearing as if he'd finally cracked, Scrooge and the boys pack off to the Klondike, while Scrooge waxes nostalgic on the ship. Could it be? An old flame? Oh wait no she just owes him money, nevermind.
Welcome to the censored portion of the comic, everyone. This was cut because it wasn't deemed "appropriate" for a Disney comic, which considering Scrooge UP AND KIDNAPS HER... Thankfully these were restored in later printings,
The adults continue to have bad plans but the nephews sneak off to meet the master of the bear, who is indeed Glittering Goldie! Withered and old, with her glory days behind her. (This would change in later imaginings of course, but this is how she was originally)
They have the cutest re-meeting (which was later a subject of an oil painting, which I'll link when I'm done) aaannnd then he spoils it by demanding his money. After giving what scrapings she had Goldie departs, but wait, not even Scrooge McDuck can be that heartless, right?
So ends Back to the Klondike, Barks' only story with Glittering Goldie, and one of the earliest expansions of Scrooge's character. This would go on to influence his attitude of putting on a big show outside, showing a little care inside.
We chug ahead to The Prisoner of White Agony Creek, first printed in 2006 in the aforementioned Companion, and only found there, at least in the USA. These and the next are scans I found online for download.
This is Life and Times chapter 8B, taking place between the mainline story "King of the Klondike" and its sister side chapter "Hearts of the Yukon" (which I'm covering next). Notable for getting more than a couple things past the censors, as well as being Don Rosa's last story before his retirement in 2008.
As all the L&T side chapters do, we begin with the framing device of the nephews asking to hear another tale, except this time it's more everyone wondering just what the hell his most prized possession is.
Checking back in on the lovebirds miners! A little flash of niceness, then Goldie spots her would-be rescuers, who'd muddy up her plan to take Scrooge's nugget. So she does what's clearly the only sane thing and calls them every horrible name under the sun to get Scrooge on her side.
Scrooge makes the daring rescue of the, uh, strongbox, the Wild Bunch is taken care of (in what I'm pretty sure is a reference to the movie about them, going over a waterfall), and Soapy Slick gets washed out. Just a few more things to straighten up, now...
It's almost poignant that the last word is "No." after the bumpy career Don Rosa had, with difficulties in publishing, licenses, rights, and even his failing eyesight that all contributed to his retirement, all too detailed to go into in Plurk at the moment. But I think Scrooge's fond smile there is probably one of my favorite faces.
Now we stay in the Klondike and go right along into Hearts of the Yukon, first printed in 1995. I misspoke earlier and said this was one of the ones that'd only appeared in the Companion, but it wasn't compiled there until later. It also appeared in a printing called Walt Disney Giant, and then also appears in the
We're introduced to another mechanic, the "fall and wake up" one, caused by distance from Scrooge in his own dreams. Switch to another landscape, and another explanation. New dream, no memory about it. Whoops.
We come one more time to the burning Blackjack Ball Room, where Goldie and Scrooge faced down for their rescue. Every time before it went just as real life did, except this time the Beagle takes the ice block. ....And promptly realizes what it means to face Scrooge at his prime.